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"A dark secret. A twisted mind. An insane desire for revenge."
  • R
  • 1993
  • 1 hr 46 min
  • 5.8  (7,951)
  • 64

Trauma is a psychological thriller movie from 1993 directed by Dario Argento, the renowned Italian horror director. The movie stars Christopher Rydell, Asia Argento, and Piper Laurie. Trauma is a story of a young girl who escapes from a psychiatric hospital in order to crack a baffling murder case that has haunted her family for years.

The plot of Trauma revolves around Aura Petrescu, played by the then-17-year-old Asia Argento. Aura has been under treatment at a psychiatric hospital for years after witnessing the murder of her parents as a young child. Her parents were brutally killed in a bizarre manner, and their killer is still at large. After getting released from the hospital, Aura goes on a dangerous mission to uncover the truth behind her parent's death.

The movie starts with a rather unsettling scene of a young Aura screaming and thrashing around in the hospital. It's an eerie start to the movie, and one that sets the tone for the dark and twisted events that follow. From there, the movie moves slowly, building a sense of unease and adding layers of complexity to the story. Aura finds support in her boyfriend David, played by Christopher Rydell, who guides her through the process of trying to solve her parent's murder.

However, things take a dangerous turn when Aura and David start to uncover a web of lies, deceit, and depravity in their journey to find the killer. They come across a series of characters who are all connected to the murder, including a former patient of the psychiatric hospital and Aura's own grandmother, played by Piper Laurie, who is chilling and sinister in her portrayal.

One of the highlight's of the movie is the iconic roof scene in which Aura clings onto a wire as she attempts to enter a building, creating a thrilling and suspenseful moment. The scene is set against a stormy night, adding a layer of danger to the proceedings. Such scenes in Trauma create tension and suspense that are typical of many of Dario Argento's movies.

Trauma does have its fair share of flaws as a movie, and some might find it difficult to follow the plot. During the movie, there are several subplots that run parallel to the main story, and while this does make the movie more complex and layered, it can also create confusion. Another downside to Trauma is that certain scenes tend to drag on and can are slightly tedious in places. But overall, the movie succeeds in creating a sense of intrigue and mystery that is characteristic of the horror genre.

The cinematography of Trauma is excellent, with Dario Argento using a combination of slick camera angles and moody lighting to convey the ever-present sense of danger lurking around the corner. The film score is also perfectly suited to the movie, and it manages to create an atmosphere of foreboding throughout.

Trauma is a somber and unsettling movie that will stick with the audience long after the credits have rolled. Christopher Rydell and Asia Argento deliver fantastic performances that elevate the movie beyond its flaws. Trauma contains all the hallmarks of a classic horror movie - suspense, terror, and great performances from the cast. For fans of classic horror movies or anyone looking for a thrilling and suspenseful ride, Trauma is a must-watch.

Trauma is a 1993 thriller with a runtime of 1 hour and 46 minutes. It has received moderate reviews from critics and viewers, who have given it an IMDb score of 5.8 and a MetaScore of 64.

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Trauma is available to watch free on Kanopy. It's also available to stream, download and buy on demand at Amazon Prime, Apple TV and Amazon. Some platforms allow you to rent Trauma for a limited time or purchase the movie and download it to your device.
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