Trauma (2017) (BLU-RAY REVIEW)
DIRECTED BY: Lucio A. Rojas
STARRING: Catalina Martin, Macarena Carrere, Ximena del Solar
RATED: UR/REGION A/2:35/1080P/NUMBER OF DISCS 1
AVAILABLE FROM Artsploitation Films
Four friends visit a rural locality of Chile, are brutally attacked by a man and his son. After not finding help in the town, they decide to confront these men with the help of a pair of policemen. But in this way, they will discover that their attackers have in their blood the direct legacy of the darkest period of Chilean history and will have to face the most brutal enemy.
In a lot of ways, Trauma might try too hard. The movie tells the story of four women who are enjoying themselves before a deranged man who as driven crazy by his evil father and his inbred son invade and start wreaking havoc. What follows can shock and appall very easily to most people. Heck, the opening ten minutes alone might rival some of the stuff you saw in such movies as A Serbian Film. But all the while very bad things are happening on the screen, I can’t help but feel like the movie was trying way too hard to be hardcore. The story isn’t awful but at times you’d believe our evil lead was Superman the way he’s able to fight his way out of some very bad situations. Other than that, stuff we see at times can very well be shocking and very graphic and if nothing else returns Artsploitation to the original form it had for finding foreign films worth checking out. This one can be very violent at times and I love that, but the more over the top stuff just felt a little forced to me as well. The average movie goer won’t be able to watch something like Trauma. This is a movie totally made for the underground and indie horror fan who likes to see the bar raised in violence and bad actions.
Which brings me to the CGI moments in this movie. I admit the movie can be bloody and more times than not it does impress me with that portion of things. But then we have random CGI moments that drive me nuts. I understand why they do such things, but it does bug me in spots. Especially in one scene where someone has their face pretty much blown off. It is an impressive after shot, but when it happens you feel as if you’ve switched over to some PS4 horror game. I feel at my older age I’ve outgrown a lot of what you find in underground horror. The over the top use of bodily fluids, rape, and other common things you find in it aren’t all they are cracked up to be to me anymore. I no longer feel like I’m watching some hard to find cult movie, I mostly just feel a bit bored with it. But from a violence and gore point of view, I was impressed enough with Trauma. And again I will say that this is the best thing we’ve seen from the ranks of Artsploitation in a bit.