Trauma An Exhibition Of True Horror From Latino Community
Trauma Film Details
Director: Lucio A. Rojas
Writer: Lucio A. Rojas
Release Date: October 23rd, 2018
Release Format: Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD
MPAA Rating: N/A
Genre: Action, Drama, Horror
Running Time: 1h 46min
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.
Trauma is the latest film to emerge from the Latino community, an emerging stage in the diverse growth of the Horror genre. The film is unrestrained and controversial with overtones on the objectification, exploitation regard towards women. From a psychological analysis, the storyline for Trauma may stem from a personal angst against women. Perhaps the writer had a fractured and/or traumatic relationship with a past girlfriend, wife or lover.
Yet, this is an example of how Horror films should be made, just as the films of yesteryear an homage to the exploitation era. Filmmakers once touched this form of Horror expression during the seventies and early eighties but with the current social movement focused on women how will a film such as Trauma be received.
Trauma explores different sub-genres of horror with Home invasion, revenge, and exploitation themes being explored. Each area funnels into the concept of real-life monsters crafted by the horrors of war. Demons and ghouls are typical of fiendish nature yet Director, Writer Lucio A. Rojas constructed a slate of Earth-bound antagonists just as evil. Trauma provides the viewer with unhinged, raw violence yet with definition and purpose. He delivers an inside look on Paraphillias, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and Stockholm Syndrome. These psychological aspects embed itself on every frame, from the opening minutes of Act I to the final Act. The structure of this film has strong design built on sub-plots and backstories.
Critics may apply the idiotic term torture porn to define the contents of Trauma. Yet, the material offered in Rojas’ film is an absent component to the current watered down landscape of Horror cinema. Trauma balances Drama, Horror, and Thriller with visuals that are disturbing and gory. Rojas captures every angle and every scene with a keen eye to detail. In terms of cinematography, Sebastián Ballek deserves much credit for establishing compelling visuals.
On visuals, Trauma offers spectacular practical effects from exploding faces to a melting body each work looks realistic and revolting to watch. This too is a rarity in Horror cinema and the craftsmanship of this caliber, most times, finds shelter on the underground circuit on the genre.
Trauma has originality and proves itself as a strong candidate as a redefining film in many of its production aspects. The performances were exceptional with gripping onscreen chemistry. Overall, Trauma is a stellar exhibition of Horror from the Latino community.