Trauma (1993) - Horror, Mystery, Thriller

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A young man tries to help a teenage European girl who escaped from a clinic hospital after witnessing the murder of her parents by a serial killer and they try to find the killer before the killer finds them.

IMDB: 5.9
Director: Dario Argento
Stars: Christopher Rydell, Asia Argento
Length: 106 Minutes
PG Rating: R
Reviews: 16 out of 65 found boring (24.61%)

One-line Reviews (51)

Finding the room completely empty,and all of the windows and doors open,Petresch heads to the garden,in the hope of tracking down her now "missing" relatives.

It's a much more restrained affair, with the drab Minnesota setting adding a different more sombre ambiance to proceedings.

TRAUMA doesnt have the suspense of SUSPIRIA, the gross special effects and fast-moving pace of DEMONS or the hairs-on-the-back-of-your-neck eeriness of CREEPERS.

Contrived plot, terrible acting, minimal gore...

Worth watching for the fans.

The dullest Argento film I've ever seen .

it's more like "so contrived it's excellent".

If you are a Dario fan, this is definitely worth watching but if you are not, it may be difficult for you to catch all the director's nuances and interesting touches that make this film enjoyable and sets it apart from the average slasher film.

Also the last 20 minutes or so are really hard to follow.

pretty dull.

The movie is sort of slow paced and the scares wont have you screaming or hopping out of your chair.

Argento's decay was a slow process that started after Deep Red, his last great movie in my opinion, the one where he synthesised his dream-like vision of the world with inventive cinematography, a vivid colour scheme and a cerebral mystery.

It was hard to get submerged into the story, because it was slow paced and rather mundane and dull.

That alone leads to plenty of great kills with it, where the victims are decapitated with it in pretty gruesome ways that are quite fun and exciting.

For every convincing scene and intriguing idea idea there's three that fall flat on their faces and just plain don't work.

Argento wanted a suspenseful film, not a bloodbath, so it is very surprising, probably most of all to Tom, that Savini was hired.

Director Argento is widely known amongst horror fans for his style & visually stunning films like Deep Red (1975), Suspiria (1977), Inferno (1980), Tenebre (1982) & Opera (1987).

In fact it is boring.

Otherwise this film was kinda blah, and hard to follow.

"TRAUMA" is a very sorry and boring experience that comes as a huge disappointment given that Dario Argento directed this garbage.

Overlong and dull Dario Argento horror film even lacks the director's trademark style of direction.

boring gore .

Entirely unwatchable dreck.

The rest of the film is a bit slow, and confusing.

Even more fun is at the end, with the confrontation in the basement being quite entertaining.

Brad Dourif has an intense extended cameo as a doctor with icky ties to the origin of the headhunter as well, adding a welcome bonus horror flavor.

Yes the head on the floor of the apartment might have been silly, but the story of obsessive revenge because of what I thought was simply a tragic mistake is gripping.

It was very boring slow in pace and can't recommend.

The biggest problem with Trauma for me is the acting is so bad,so inhuman it makes huge parts of the movie unwatchable.

Unfortunately, apart from Laurie who hams it up in an enjoyable fashion, they are given very little to do, especially Dourif, a wonderful actor who is wasted in nothing more than a cameo.

The special effects are horrible, complete with fake heads, the plot is downright confusing, and I think that's the entire point.

Whatever the reason, Trauma is certainly a far cry from the director's classics such as Deep Red or Tenebre, lacking the excellent camera-work (to me, the butterfly-cam felt like he was trying a tad TOO hard), precise editing, stunning soundtrack, and stylish death sequences of these earlier works.

While it is not my favorite of the "new" Argento, and it can hardly be compared to the "old" Argento, this film is well worth watching.

Brad Dourif is a joy to observe, but his appearance is far too brief to save the dull acting.

Generally speaking, "Trauma" has everything decent Horror films need - it is stylishly filmed, atmospheric and very suspenseful from the beginning to the end.

After I watched it I mainly thought this film was really weird, script wise the plot was really good and had an interesting twist to it, on a technical side the camera work was great, I just loved the style in which the camera was used, constantly moving and there were some strange angles at times, aside from all this the acting was rather dull and the score of the film was actually strange too, at times it played in scenes where it wasn't really needed and where it was needed it didn't really fit in with the scene.

Also watch for another intense actor, James Russo, playing a police detective determined to nab the killer for good.

I have to say, also, that I find it immensely enjoyable that Argento used live sound here instead of his usual dubbing.

Klein - adheres faithfully to the giallo template, punctuating its convoluted storyline with several grisly murders (though not *that* grisly, considering the involvement of makeup wiz Tom Savini), and a number of compelling set-pieces: The seance which ends in murder; the mental institution where the killer disposes of an important 'clue'; the room full of billowing drapes (an authentic stroke of genius); and the climactic revelation of the killer's motive, which is so utterly horrific, it almost justifies his/her gruesome rampage.

His role is simultaneously sharp and electric and impressing and snappy—a snarling and snared man.

) On the otherhand, it's got alot of intense scenes and murdurs (Brad Doriff's death is classic).

A slow first half and a terrible music score, but an entertaining second half, good acting, and a cool last 5-10 minutes.

This was as boring as it was uneventful...

Except this one is ten times more scarier and realistic with tons of unexpected plot twists that would put all those movies to shame.

Anyone familiar with Argento's previous work(and maybe Argento himself had briefly forgotten what were his trademarks) will know that while the films can have some intense bloody moments, they aren't filled with the supreme gorefests that Savini is know to deliver.

So while the film has it's odd moment, the result is an incoherent, and somehow quite boring, mess of ideas and clashing styles.

So overall, Trauma is a lesser Argento but a fairly enjoyable one.

The 90s were a bad decade for Horror in general, and definitely also the worst decade in Dario Argento's career, with his doubtlessly worst movie "Il Fantasma Dell' Opera" in 1998.

The camera work and atmosphere are splendid, helping to make the mysterious story all the more intriguing.

Well, what can you say about a movie where the director has his daughter in a pointless nude scene?

It's compelling enough and told at a good pace.