Trauma is being sold as the most extreme movie since A Serbian Film. It’s an easy comparison to make, especially seeing as they took all of that movie’s most disturbing scenes and rehashed them in the first five minutes. In interviews writer-director Lucio A. Rojas has talked about how the extreme violence was necessary to reflect Chile’s history under Pinochet’s dictatorship and how there’s a link to #MeToo. But in the end, Trauma is just another exploitation movie once you get past the movie’s most disturbing moments.
I mean, stop me if you heard this one before. Four girls set out for a short fun-filled weekend in the country. There, they run into a psychopathic father and son duo who rape and torture them. After that, they get their bloody revenge with the help of a local cop. Straw Dogs, Last House On The Left, I Spit On Your Grave… we’ve seen this one before.
There’s no denying though that – in spite of its utterly unoriginal story - Trauma is one of the vilest movies I have ever seen. I mean, if you feel a need to watch this one more than once, you probably need to go and talk to somebody. On top of that, there is some serious gore going on that people with a weak stomach and vegetarians should shy away from.
So yeah, I’m kind of on the fence about this one. On the one hand it’s a decent yet cliché-riddled horror movie. On the other hand, the movie’s most extreme moments come across as little more than a marketing ploy to ensure people would talk about the movie. Which is what I’m doing here so… mission accomplished?