Trauma (2017)



Trauma is nasty. It’s a brutal, horrifying journey into ultimate atrocity related to a corrupt Chilean militia following the end of president Allende’s government. In 1973, General Augusto Pinochet’s blood hungry reign is interpreted through murders, torture and “La Venda Sexy” – the sexual monstrosities that included the most taboo depravity known to man.

Trauma opens up with one of the horrendous venda sexy scenes, forcing a teenage son 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 desensitized for their pleasure.

Fast forward into 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 side kick who wastes no time in taking complete control over the country house…and the women.

Without warning, the men thrust themselves onto the females, tossing them around like ragdolls 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 in 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 ensue.

Very few horror films impact me to the point of shuddering. Stoic, Hate Crime, Atroz, Sacrifice and now Trauma. The sheer magnitude of taboo subjects thrown at us during Trauma are enough to turn you stomach and realize that vicious people still exist. Monsters are real. And pain is so easily imposed on innocents. Trauma is a detriment to those who believe that everyone still has some goodness within.