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TRAUMA
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Reviewed by: Matt Withers

Directed by: Dario Argento

Starring:
Asia Argento
Christopher Rydell
Frederic Forrest
Piper Laurie

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
star star star star
What's it about
Somebody's decapitating folks when it rains. At the same time an underage anorexic falls in love with a reformed drug addict. In other words, if you've always wanted to see Marie Antoinette meets Singin' In The Rain meets Drugstore Cowboy, this is the movie for you.
Is it good movie?
Plot has clearly never been Argento's main bag. Neither have outstanding performances. So it's no surprise that both of these elements are weak in this film. The thing is, gore and amazing set pieces, mixed with unbelievably creative images are an Argento hallmark. So it's very disappointing to find little of his strengths evidenced in this project.

It's pretty clear that numerous compromises were made, largely willingly by Dario, in an attempt to penetrate the U. S. market. Sadly his focus on that goal resulted in a watered down flick that does no favors for his fans, or those he apparently wanted to capture.

Those hoping to see a massive Argento/Savini induced bloodbath will be sorely disappointed at what turns out to be a relatively bloodless affair.

Nevertheless, Argento is still Argento, and even something far removed from his best efforts has enough meat for his fans. And if you're not already a fan, well you weren't going to check out this DVD anyway.

Video / Audio
Video: Widescreen Presentation (1.85:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs

Audio: Dolby Surround 5.1/Dolby Surround 2.0

The Extras
Featurette: Love, Death & Trauma: A subtitled interview with Dario Argento which has some interesting departures from what Alan Jones asserts in the commentary.

Audio Commentary with Author Alan Jones: An expertly informed, and nearly apologetic trek through the making of Trauma, with plenty of asides on other Argento projects.

On Set With Tom Savini: Unedited camcorder footage a/k/a waste of f*cking time.

Deleted Scenes: Nothing of interest here. Move along.

Poster & Still Gallery: Gives a better idea of the powerful imagery Argento captures in his films than the actual movie does.

Theatrical Trailer: Yep.

Dario Argento Bio: Just go to Wikipedia.

Other Trailers: Suspiria, Opera, The Card Player, Deep Red, Dawn Of The Dead

Last Call
Meh.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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