Genre: Horror | Mystery | Thriller | Giallo
Country: Italy | USA | Director: Dario Argento
Language: English | Subtitles: English (Optional, embedded in Mkv file)
Aspect ratio: Cinemascope 2.35:1 | Length: 109mn
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Audio 2: commentary with The Hysteria Continues!
Audio 3: Commentary with Film Historian and Author Alexandra Heller-Nicholas
An anorexic young woman escapes from a psychiatric clinic and meets a young man who wants to help. She is caught and returned to her parents, who are soon beheaded by a garrotting stranger making the rounds about town, apparently striking only when it rains. The orphaned young woman and her new lover launch their own investigation and are endangered when a link is discovered with the victims and a particular operation performed years before.
Dario Argento makes a clunky transition to film-making in the United States with “Trauma,” but still succeeds in creating an atmosphere of suspense and menace. The cast, while well-chosen, is prone to overacting (with Piper Laurie and Frederic Forrest being the key offenders), and the plot revolves heavily around coincidence. Despite this, Argento’s skillful POV shots (the hospital sequence is especially impressive) imbue the film with an efficient mood of dread, and the story, once fully revealed, makes a bit more sense than the director’s earlier, more artistic efforts.