Blu-ray Review: TRAUMA

TRAUMA is the third feature from writer-director Lucio A. Rojas and has a cast that includes Macarena Carrere, Catalina Martin, Ximena del Solar, Dominga Bofill, Daniel Antivilo, Felipe Ríos and Eduardo Paxeco.  Rojas hits hard with Trauma, a cinematic depiction of the horrors committed by the Pinochet regime and the visceral cycle of abuse that followed its fall.

A shocking, brutal tale that blends the dark history of Chile’s recent repressive dictatorial past with the seemingly modern and progressive Chile of today. The two worlds clash when a group of women venture to the idyllic countryside for a weekend of fun. But their outing soon turns nightmarish when a victim of government torture stumbles upon them, unleashing his pent-up rage. Face to face with the depravity of man, the women must fight for their very lives. Director Lucio A. Rojas exposes the horrors of politics with evil that can lie within the soul of ordinary men.

The opening scene for Trauma takes place back in 1978 and teases the viewer with the shocking horrors that were happening to the women during this historic event in Chile. The movie then fast forwards to present day and follows this group of girl friends that’s heading to a cabin in a secluded area to party it up and have a good time. Unfortunately for them, these shocking horrors are still going on in present day and the monsters behind it all end up paying them a surprise visit. This aint the Welcome Wagon, people! The girl friend’s fun vacation quickly ends up turning into a nightmarish home invasion that includes rape, torture and even death.

What happens is, some of the girls live through this traumatic experience and are able to call a couple of cops they met on the way to the cabin but it seems like the monstrous villians are always two steps ahead of them and ready to slaughter anyone who crosses their paths. The girls find themselves in a survivalistic game of cat and mouse with their evil enemy and as they venture deeper into this nightmarish world they uncover more shocking nightmares that have been kept a secret for a long time. In the end, they do get their revenge against the monsters that attacked them but sadly more lives are lost before they’re finally able to put a stop to it all.

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and specs. The Blu-ray disc also features some artwork that matches the front cover. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for this high-definition release were crisp and clear. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Trauma ended up being exactly what it’s been described as, an extremely violent horror-thriller that’s full of unthinkable moments, rape and death. The story takes this dark historical event that took place and gives it a vicious modern day twist that puts a group of girl friends up against this leftover psychopath from the Pinochet regime. The movie has a distant kinship with other brutal torture porn classics like I Spit on Your Grave and Last House on the Left so the shock value is present, there’s lots of nudity and a crazy amount of blood and gore to go with it all. The special effects are really impressive for this Chilean horror-thriller that’s well executed. Director Lucio A. Rojas captured the intense violence and unspeakable crimes committed against these women (and a few others) but he also gives them an opportunity to get some revenge and captures it all with precision. Movies like this aren’t for everybody but if you’re into torture porn or curious about the history that this movie is based on then go ahead and give it a watch. Trauma will be available on Blu-ray on October 23rd.

Distributor: Artsploitation Films

Run Time: 110 Minutes

Rated: Not Rated

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.35:1)

Blu-ray Audio: Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1 and 2.0

Subtitles: English SDH

Special Features: The only extra include on the Blu-ray is a trailer for the movie (02:03).



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