Trauma is a 2017 Chilean exploitation feature film written and directed by Lucio A. Rojas (Path aka Sendero; Perfidy; Zombie Dawn). The movie stars Catalina Martin, Macarena Carrere, Ximena del Solar, Dominga Bofill and Daniel Antivilo.
Trauma is nasty. It’s a brutal, horrifying journey into the atrocities related to the US-backed corrupt Chilean militia that following the coup d’état which ended socialist president Allende’s government. In 1973, General Augusto Pinochet’s blood-hungry reign was perpetrated through murders, torture and monstrosities that included the most taboo depravities known to man.
Trauma opens up with a horrendous Discothèque ‘Venda Sexy’ scene, in which a teenage young man forced to violate his bound and beaten mother in the presence of evil military soldiers. During this abuse, young Juan’s face slower begins to fade from terror into gratification as he becomes desensitised for their sick pleasure.
Fast forward to modern-day as four females reunite in the countryside to have a typical “girl’s weekend” full of alcohol, fun and some impending confrontations. While they play catch up, in walks a much older and sinister Juan, with a deranged sidekick who wastes no time in taking complete control over the country house… and women.
Without warning, the men thrust themselves onto the women, tossing them around like rag dolls and penetrating them in the most violent and disturbing manner. Taking a page right out of Cape Fear, the viciousness escalates into murder before they take their leave from the blood-soaked home.
What began as a free-spirited vacation has become a definitive nightmare and the broken women not only fight for justice but to save the life of a local little girl whom the men abducted.
Through a series of flashbacks, Juan’s upbringing after his mother’s death is displayed is nothing short of one sickening experience after another. The boy was raised to be a merciless monster to human life, including innocent children. Through this cold-blooded childhood, Juan lives up to the expectations of the general who reared him. Pure callous evil.
Many will look upon Trauma as a political statement against the Chilean government’s terroristic supremacy. Others will focus on the feminist movement of justice being served to a subservient fallacy. However, this is merely a highly unnerving film that is focused on inhuman acts inflicted on others, which are completely void of emotion and remorse.
If you can make it through this tough-to-watch film, you will be glad that you did… however, nightmares may ensue.
Meredith Brown, MOVIES & MANIA
“The violence in this film is horrendous. Worse still, ninety-eight percent of the violence is of a sexual nature, not only that but it is the most graphic depiction of these acts that I have seen on film. The film tests your resilience and at least in my case, plays on your mind in the days after viewing. I can’t really recommend this film but its power is undeniable.” Haddonfield Horror
“This film packs a mean punch and certainly puts your face directly into the action in a way that even many other genre offerings can’t or won’t do. I also think that the film does an excellent job of not only showing the women as victims at first but then going on to show them as survivors and then instruments of vengeance.” Morbidly Beautiful
“The film is full of brutal violence, beautiful women and a madman who enjoys inflicting as much trauma as he has been through himself. Expertly made, supreme make up effects and no holds barred, Trauma is one of the most intense, memorable and violent films of 2017.” Pop Horror
Cast and characters:
- Catalina Martin … Andrea
- Macarena Carrere … Camila
- Ximena del Solar … Julia
- Dominga Bofill … Magdalena
- Daniel Antivilo … Juan
- Eduardo Paxeco … Pedro
- Felipe Ríos … Mario
- Claudio Riveros … Diego
- Florencia Heredia … Yoya