Four Critics from The13thFloor Jump to their Collective Deaths After Viewing TRAUMA

In a way, we are Artsploitation are sorry that we sent the screener of Lucio A. Rojas’ Trauma to the offices of The 13th Floor. We had no idea how filmicly fragile these respected genre writers were. And we are especially saddened that the large office window was left open. The only silver lining is that, just when Rojas announced a sequel, the company moved their offices to the ground floor. Turnover can be devastating for a company.

Here are their last writings:

“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

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

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

” 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
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TRAUMA: “Jaw-dropping. Amazing visuals!” – DecayMag

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

LUCIFERINA Is, “brilliantly shot, entirely original, and equal parts sensual and sinister” – Cryptic Rock

“While the film tackles some very familiar subject matter, it does so with a daring style that helps elevate it above typical genre fare…with an explosive and extremely satisfying climax. The second half unleashes a frenzy of madness and nightmarish imagery, as well as some great effects and supernatural chaos to satisfy the horror fans who have tuned in more for the real scares than the atmospheric creepiness.This all culminates in a transgressive and highly progressive exorcism scene unlike anything you’ve ever seen before. The infamous “sexorcism” scene involves the virginal heroine seducing her demon-possessed love on an altar. It’s brilliantly shot, entirely original, and equal parts sensual and sinister. Sofia Del Tuffo is extraordinary as Natalia, managing to convey a very believable sense of innocence and fragility throughout most of the film, while delivering a bold and fearless performance at the climax when she’s suddenly transformed through her bravery and newfound confidence. It’s a surprising and exceedingly smart twist on a tired formula that makes Luciferina well worth the watch.” – Cryptic Rock

Artsploitation Goes (Brothers) Grimm This December with Snowflake
Artsploitation Goes (Brothers) Grimm This December with Snowflake
Inventive and Archaic Adult Fairy Tale Will be Available on Blu-ray, DVD and VOD December 4th

A dizzying, hilarious film that combines post-Tarantino action/crime drama and Charlie Kaufman’s metafictional surrealism with exhilarating results” — Daily Grindhouse

An ass-kicking, blood-spurting, whip-cracking, adrenaline-pumping ride” — Pop Horror

Philadelphia, PA – Following an acclaimed run on the international film festival circuit, Artsploitation has announced the U.S. release of Adolfo Kolmerer’s Snowflake.  Snowflake world premiered at the Lund International Fantastic Film Festival, where Kolmerer took home the Méliès d’Argent Award for Best Film. The film continued to screen around the globe, picking up Best Director and Best Film awards at Negative Fest and Horrible Imaginings, as well as Best Achievement in Directing and an Audience Award at Cinepocalypse.  Cryptic Rock hailed Kolmerer’s debut feature as “an extraordinary genre mix”, comparing the surreal crime action film to Quentin Tarantino’s Reservoir Dogs.

Snowflake will be available  December 4th on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Vudu and more.

Hunting down the murderer of their families in an anarchic near-future Berlin, two outlaws find themselves trapped in the wicked fairy tale of a mysterious screenplay that entangles them in a vicious circle of revenge – apparently all written by a clueless dentist.  In their quest for vengeance, they must contend with a myriad of wicked fairy tale assassins, madmen, a blood-covered angel, and an electric-powered superhero.

Order Snowflake on Amazon

Snowflake:  120 minutes / German w/ English Subtitles

The Blu-ray (SRP $19.99) and DVD (SRP $14.99) releases of Snowflake will exclusively include an hour-long making of featurette.

Aspect Ratio Sells BLOOD PARADISE to Artsploitation Films for North American

Aspect Ratio Sells BLOOD PARADISE to Artsploitation Films for North American

English-Language Swedish Horror/Comedy To Be Released Across All Platforms in early 2019

For Immediate Release:
Santa Monica, CA (November 7, 2018) – Aspect Ratio today announces the sale of BLOOD PARADISE, the Swedish horror-comedy from producer-director provocateurs Andréa Winter and Patrick von Barkenberg, to Artsploitation Films. The deal was negotiated by Aspect Ratio’s Jordan Mattos and Artsploitation’s Raymond Murray during the American Film Market.

Artsploitation, which acquired all North American rights, plans for a second quarter 2019 release followed by availability on home video outlets, collaborating with Aspect Ratio on a theatrical release at select venues. The picture premiered at the Film Society of Lincoln Center’s Scary Movies Festival in New York, and will make its International Premiere at the Molins Film Festival in Spain on November 12.

Reeling after her latest novel flops, best-selling crime writer Robin Richards (Winter) is sent by her publisher to the Swedish countryside to regain inspiration. There alone, she comes across an assortment of peculiar characters, including her driver and most obsessive fan, his explosively jealous wife, and the progressively more unhinged man who owns the farm that’s hosting her. Totally out of place in her new surroundings—for one, she is always dressed for glamorous, big-city life—Robin discovers just how dangerous these oddballs may be. Bathed in dreamy atmospherics and streaked with offbeat humor, the film pays an homage to Brian De Palma’s oeuvre and a host of fabulously chic Seventies genre pics.

Paradise marks the feature debut of Swedish electro-pop musician BABY YAGA (Winter) and German director Patrick von Barkenberg. Barkenberg, a graduate of the American Film Institute, shot the film with partner Winter at Winter’s family home in the Swedish countryside. Winter composed the haunting score and songs, while producing the picture and also playing the lead role of Robin Richards.

Winter says, “Like my music, Artsploitation explores the dark aspects of ourselves but is also not afraid to embrace the campy and the bizarre. We are thrilled by the prospect of joining the Artsploitation family with our first feature. We love Ray’s visionary catalog of idiosyncratic, provocative cinema that elevates the horror genre in intriguing ways and we are beyond excited to introduce our baby to audiences in North America.”

Blood Paradise Teaser 2018 from Patrick von Barkenberg on Vimeo.

Patrick von Barkenberg (Director/Screenwriter) is a German-born filmmaker. He emigrated to the US when he received a scholarship to study directing at the American Film Institute Conservatory in Los Angeles, where he studied with Frank Pierson (Dog Day Afternoon), Gil Dennis (Walk the Line) and Jim McBride (Breathless). His short films received the Richard P. Rogers Spirit of Excellence Award, the Telly Award, the ECU Best Editing Award, the Technicolor Grant and the Fuji Grant.

Ándrea Winter (Actress/Producer/Screenwriter/Composer) grew up on a farm in the North of Sweden, close to the Arctic Circle. She left home at the age of 16 to study music and singing at the prestigious Rytmus Music School in Stockholm, had a brief career as a nightclub singer and created the underground Pop Band “Tigon”. She later relocated to New York City to study acting at the Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film Institute.

About Aspect Ratio – Aspect Ratio is a consulting and sales company providing international filmmakers with distribution and programming strategies for the North American market.

About Artsploitation– Not limited to being just a genre label, Artsploitation Films presents intriguing, unsettling, unpredictable and provocative films to an audience long numbed by filmic predictability.

TRAUMA “will take you to some deep and dark places.” – B-Club

Trauma, not 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

SearchMyTrash Calls LUCIFERINA a, “”what the fuck”-movie – in the best possible of ways!”

Luciferina is pretty much a “what the fuck”-movie – in the best possible of ways! Basically, the film starts out along teen slasher lines, with a bunch of youngsters going where they shouldn’t go, and bad things happen … but then it takes things to a whole other level, call it metaphysical, mythical or religious or whatever, which makes this a very trippy experience all of its own, thanks not only to the story that gets weirder by the minute but also to the trippy imagery and the performances that are nevertheless very much on point no matter how odd things get. That said, not a film for everyone, but if you can open your mind enough to enjoy the slightly grotesque, then it’s definitely one for you.” – SearchMyTrash

“TRAUMA Is One Of The Most Raw And Sadistic Horror Films Ever Created.” – CryptTeaze

“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



Critic ML Miller Institutionalized After Watching TRAUMA

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Well, we may be a bit hyperbolic with that headline, but the man both really loved and was really disturbed by TRAUMA. 

“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

FilmFreak Says LUCIFERINA is “Awesome..Rife with Eroticism and Mystery”

“Awesome… a lot like Ken Russell’s The Devils on the scale of sacrilegious imagery and ideology, the rest of the picture is more like the lush, gauzy, dream-logic films of Jean Rollin, rife with eroticism and mystery.” FilmFreakCentral