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  • Director: Lucio A. Rojas
  • Producer: Rodrigo J. Fernández
  • Screenwriters: Lucio A. Rojas
  • Cast: "Catalina Martin, Daniel Antivilo, Macarena Carrere, Ximena del Solar, Felipe Ríos, Dominga Bofill, Eduardo Paxeco, Claudio Riveros, Max Torres y Alejandro Trejo "
  • Cinematography: Sebastián Ballek
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A shocking, brutal tale that blends the dark history of Chile’s recent past (the violent, repressive military dictatorship of Pinochet) with the seemingly modern and progressive Chile of today. The two worlds clash when a group of women venture to the idyllic countryside for a weekend of fun. But their outing soon turns nightmarish a man, himself a victim of torture in the hands of the government, unleashes his pent-up rage on them. The women must fight for their very lives in this film of shocking violence and sexual assault. Never gratuitous, director Rojas exposes the horrors of politics with the evil that can lie within the damaged soul of man.
Reviews

“Right up there with A Serbian Film…left me with a bizarre sensation of shock. That was how I knew this movie had done its job by simultaneously shocking and revolting me.” –  pophorror.com

“Lucio A. Roja’s Trauma is as much of a political statement as it is a tasteless kick in the guts. 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.” – pophorror.com

TRAUMA is a raw movie – tough, violent, and dramatic. Although by some of its elements it could get close to the exploitation cinema, we went quite further. Some villains which are not from the present, but other times of Chile’s history. The content is extreme, visceral, strictly for people over 18. But it was the only way to tell a story of this sort.” – Fangoria

“The latest, and likely bloodiest, harshest and most extreme blast of violent horror cinema from Latin America comes in the form of Lucio A. Rojas’ Trauma. Yes, Trauma may prove to be one of the most controversial extreme horror offering in recent memory. Fair warning, we are not making shit up, this is extreme LatAm horror at its peak.  – ScreenAnarchy
“Lucio A. Rojas’ blistering vision embraces the unthinkable reality of Pinochet’s torture-chamber hell and how his homeland still suffers under the legacy of the brutally soul-crushing dictatorship…Rojas contemplates his themes and shoots his action in a manner that demands that his work be closely watched in years to come; he is one of the new wave of exciting Latin American horror filmmakers.”  – Screen Space 
TRAUMA makes A Serbian Film, look like a Walt Disney Movie.” – Edmonton FESTIVAL OF FEAR International Film Festival
“This film sure ain’t for the faint-hearted and sets the tone straight away by ramming it straight down your throat in such a confronting way that its not surprising that it has been likened to A Serbian Film in its nature and depiction of humanity at its worst. There’s rape, torture, and incest all within the first scene that leaves you feeling sick to the stomach and grimacing at the prospect of where Chilean director Lucio A Rojas will take his audience next.” –Surgeons of Horror

“…stands toe to toe with Srdjan Spasojevic’s A SERBIAN FILM in terms of realism with raw emotionalism mixed with sadistic cruelty while at the same time having social and political elements that may be overlooked by the general and even casual genre film viewers. 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. TRAUMA is not a film for everyone, even those that love extreme cinema. But if you can make it through to the end, you will know you have watched a piece of dangerous and brilliant filmmaking.” – MorbilyBeautiful

“I’m not one to post warnings before I start my review, but this movie demands one. It is absolutely not for everybody. There are graphic depictions of rape, torture and worse. Those who are sensitive to such things should definitely NOT view this movie under any circumstances whatsoever. In fact, you probably shouldn’t read the rest of the review either.” Cinema365

Trauma is easily one of the most brutal, graphic and disturbing horror films to have been madein recent memory. The film is a trip to hell with some beautiful looking women to ease the pain. The gore here is realistic, repugnant and highly effective, along with the sense of tension and panic which comes through wonderfully. Trauma is one of the best and meanest indie horror features that I have seen. –Amos Lassen

“This film is not for the weak hearted, the easily triggered, or the mild-mannered horror fan. It’s terrifying. It’s harrowing. It’s downright difficult to watch. But TRAUMA is also a finely made horror film and will definitely be a film hardcore horror fans will want to search for. TRAUMA is most likely going to be the most extreme film your bound to see in recent memory. There is rape, torture, incest, dismemberment, cannibalism, and all kinds of monstrous acts of violence and I warn you again, this is a film that is going to offend and disgust you. Right from the get-go, the opening scene unleashes the horror, preparing you for the intensity to come. And come it does. While I often find myself disgusted by the horror that goes on in this type of extreme film, there is something about the terror in TRAUMA that felt natural and even essential to the story. And that’s why this is definitely a film I would recommend to those with a strong constitution. TRAUMA is fantastically acted, often beautifully filmed as the camera shifts from the Chilean city and into the dream-like countryside. It also pulls back no punches when it comes to showing the types of the horror people can inflict on one another. The gore is thick and juicy here—all practical and in your face. I’m talking MARTYRS level of horror here. But as with that film, instead of it simply done to show different ways a body can be destroyed, the point of TRAUMA and all of the trauma it contains is that this gory violence is infectious to the soul and brings one out the other end of it just as damaged. TRAUMA is an all-powerful piece of horror, but only if you can stomach extreme acts of the worst of human depravity. I’m serious, folks. Be warned. This is a rough, but rock solid film.” – MLMillerWrites

“I knew I was in for a rough viewing experience with Trauma. Within the first 5 minutes, I had seen one of the most gut-wrenching scenes ever committed to film…I left this film revolted and shocked, but oddly admiring the work of director Lucio Rojas. I must also point out Trauma’s technical merit, it’s a magnificently shot and pristine quality film. The film’s special effects are also top-notch, highly realistic and insanely effective. Daniel Antivilo’s portrayal of Juan as a vicious and bitter killer is worth hailing as one of cinema’s most terrifying villains. Trauma is without a doubt one of the most graphic, savage, and disturbing horror films ever made.  If you like extreme horror, it doesn’t get more extreme than this. This is a film you can’t unsee and it will most certainly test your limits. If you’ve got the stomach for this kind of cinema, watch it.” –CryptTeaze

Traumanot for the weak! Minutes into the opening scene, the viewer will know if they intend to continue watching this feature until the bitter end. Trauma is truly brutal with viewer discretion definitely recommended as it will take you to some deep and dark places…if it’s your thing, it’s a must…..if not, catch it in around 40 years time when it’ll be socially acceptable like the “brutal” films of yesteryear are now. – B-Club

The film is unrestrained and controversial with overtones on the objectification, exploitation regard towards women…this is an example of how horror films should be made. 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. 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. n visuals, Trauma offers spectacular practical effects from exploding faces to a melting body each work looks realistic and revolting to watch.” – DecayMag

“Make no mistake, this is a ghost pepper of a horror film. “Shocking”, “Brutal” don’t even begin to cover it. Lucio A. Rojas delivers something so deeply troubling, a film which effortlessly burrows to the core of it’s viewer in disturbing fashion, threatening to leave their psyche permanently scarred, that it almost becomes impossible to recommend…technically competent, borderline exploitative, cinematic exposé on a dangerous, rusting, angry political machine—wrapped in a rape revenge narrative. I suppose then, given the level of dedication to the story, it’s crucial that intentions aren’t minced in any way (they aren’t). Lucio A. Rojas, you win. I get the point—holy shit do I get the point. But I’m thinking after this, I may just have to give up spicy foods for a while.” Jeremiah, 13thFloor

 

Trauma starts out very traumatic, and one particular scene at the beginning was very hard to sit through. Then the tension eases up a bit, but only a bit, because I could sense what was coming and I knew that it would be far from pleasant.  The last thirty minutes of this one are insane, and very intense. You’re never allowed to feel safe either, another reason why I liked Trauma so much. If you want to see a mean-and-nasty film, this is definitely one to check out! – Sarah, 13thFloor

Headless has a new contender everyone! Top 3 most disturbing intros ever. I was like, “what the hell” and I looked it up and I saw that it was written and directed by Lucio A. Rojas who also did Sendero, another disturbing film, and it all suddenly became very clear. The film contains rape, gore, abuse and everything bad thing in between. The home invasion scene at the halfway mark is probably the most disturbing one I’ve ever seen, and because everyone plays their part so well, it all felt very real; and this is something you definitely don’t want feeling real. Overall this is a well made fucked up film and if you love films such as Sendero and Hidden in the Woods like me, then get ready to get traumatized.  – Jasmine, 13thFloor

” You know that go to movie no matter what mood you are in, you can throw on and let it drape over you like a warm cozy blanket? The ultimate comfort food film.. mmmm… imagine that feeling, except someone kicks your door in, rips your blanket off, then proceeds to repeatedly punch you in the face. That’s how the opening of Trauma welcomes your senses. The one takeaway for sure is ‘Trauma’ delivers 100% on its promise to unrelentingly force feed you fucked up shit. – David, 13thFloor
“The movie is painfully hard to watch from the very first scene. The main goal here is clearly to place you in a constant state of shock and revulsion. I’ve watched thousands of horror movies, but even I squirmed around in my seat while watching this one. The blood and gore effects are gruesome and realistic. Trauma is a movie that demands some serious commitment on the part of the viewer. It challenges you to not look away and to stick it out until the end. This one is definitely not for the faint of heart, or anyone who is easily sickened or offended.” – John Migliore, IndieHorrorOnLine
“This film is brutal! Trauma is NOT for everyone. There are gore hounds out there who like to push their own personal boundaries – to see what they can endure – searching for horror that represents what’s unflinchingly real. If you AREN’T one of those people, Trauma might be too much for you.” – SlaughterFilm

“I was pleased to watch something disgusting that had more to offer than the usual violence-for-violence sake. This film paints an ugly picture of evil breeding more evil and showing how a corrupt system can destroy innocence…I was surprised by how much I enjoyed this film, but let me clarify. This is a movie packed to the brim with detestable material. Rape, murder, incest, necrophilia… these are all major players in this film. None of these acts are done off screen and its absolutely stomach turning. The brutality feels real and (usually) earned, painting an awful world of hate. Watching Trauma is a visceral experience that I wouldn’t suggest to the uninitiated and definitely not a movie for date night.TheFarSightedBlog

“Whereas Srđan Spasojević’s 2010 movie A Serbian Film – which the excesses of this film resemble – used the cultural background of his own country in a rather abstract way as justification for the horrors on display in his movie, director Lucio A. Rojas uses specific events in the history of Chile – notably the military dictatorship under General Pinochet – as the basis for the almost unwatchable levels of violence and torture Trauma is definitely not for everyone. It has a relentlessness that for me even out-excessed A Serbian Film, whose horrors occasionally felt rather unreal. Every shock and brutal action in Trauma feels very believable…will leave you shocked, stunned…” – BloodyFlicks

“There’s no shortage of self-styled “extreme” horror movies boasting an “Inspired by real events” tag – and there are also plenty of 21st century additions to the enduring rape-revenge sub-genre. This Chilean movie doesn’t care about any of this – it just wants to punish its audience from start to finish, depriving them the cathartic second-hour thrills of the usual format and spitting us out at the end, even more jaded at the human race.  The emphasis on unflinching violence and wince-inducing physical injury may bear comparison to the harshest of the new wave French horror cinema, but the overall nihilistic tone and unrelenting pessimism bring it closer to A SERBIAN FILM. The central home invasion set piece is utterly harrowing to watch, captured by a handheld camera that, at times, recoils as if in horror at the force of what it is observing. The savagery perpetrated by the father-son duo (chillingly played by Daniel Antivilo and Eduardo Paxeco) forms the basis of the overriding theme that violence begets violence, across generations. – Steven West, HorrorScreamsVideoVault

“Trauma (2018) is a horror film about four friends who go on a rural vacation in Chile where they are attacked by a deranged man and his equally twisted son. They team up with two police officers to take these attackers down, but they learn that the terror is way worse than they previously thought. Macarena Carrere and Ximena del Solar play super sexy lovers who get naked with each other and have a deliciously skintastic sex scene. We see full frontal from both foxy ladies! There’s also nothing traumatic about Dominga Bofill whose boobs fill us with material for our spank bank. She also makes out with Macarena Carrere, giving new meaning to doing the Macarena. We’d love to do all three of these girls!”  – MrSkin

 

Screenings
2018 - GenreBlast
2018 - Brussels International Fantastic Film Festival
2018 - Fant Bilbao
2018 - Horrorant Fright Nights (Greece)
2018 - Cine de Terror de Valdivia
2017 - Mórbido Film Festival
2018 - Negative Fest
2018 - Vancouver Badass Film Festival
2018 - HorrorHound Weekend
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Awards
Mórbido Film Festival - Winner SPECIAL MENTION
Horrorant Fright Nights (Greece) - Winner BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Vancouver Badass Film Festival - Winner BEST ACTRESS XIMENA DEL SOLAR
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News

“One of the Top 10 Horror Films of 2017”www.horror.movies.ca

“One of the Top 10 Horror Films of 2017” – Horrorant

 

 

Director Interview

TRAUMA is a raw movie – tough, violent, and dramatic. Although by some of its elements it could get close to the exploitation cinema, we went quite further. Some villains which are not from the present, but other times of Chile’s history. The content is extreme, visceral, strictly for people over 18. But it was the only way to tell a story of this sort.” – Director, Lucio A. Rojas

About the Director

Lucio Rojas was born in Santiago, Chile and studied Public Administration at the University of Chile. Later he studied at the Film School of Chile where he graduated with a specialization in script and direction. In 2012 , while still a student, he co-directed (with Cristian Toledo)  the low-budget zombie flick Muerte Ciega (Zombie Down, aka: Blind Death). In 2014 he premiered Perfidia (The Wicked Woods), a film that had an official selection in more than twenty international festivals. His next horror feature as the 2015 film Sendero (Path) which world premiered at the Sitges International Film Festival and from there, in more than 25 international festivals. Sendero was the first Chilean horror film to be acquired worldwide by Netflix.

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Credits
  • Director: Lucio A. Rojas
  • Producer: Rodrigo J. Fernández
  • Screenwriters: Lucio A. Rojas
  • Cast: "Catalina Martin, Daniel Antivilo, Macarena Carrere, Ximena del Solar, Felipe Ríos, Dominga Bofill, Eduardo Paxeco, Claudio Riveros, Max Torres y Alejandro Trejo "
  • Cinematography: Sebastián Ballek
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