One of the first Artsploitation people to see Trauma was a Chilean-American who spend his teenage years living under the brutally repressive Pinochet dictatorship. Having lived for years in the US, his memories of what he saw had faded…until he watched Trauma. And although he and his family were spared the worst horrors of the regime, he still remembered he and his friends being arrested and friends’ family members taken away never to be heard from again. His reaction to the politics of the film was personal and he loved how director Lucio Rojas blended this sordid history in making a punch-in-the-gut horror film. We had to pick it up for distribution. That said, Blu-ray specialist both really loved the film and fully understood the bloody history that inspired it. Here are some quotes from their review:  

“Director Lucio A. Rojas (The Wicked Woods) serves up the viscerally graphic Trauma, a vicious tale which blends the sordid history of Chile’s violent past under dictator Augusto Pinochet in the 1970s with shocking horror taking place today. Expect sequences as gruesome and bloody as the infamous A Serbian Film. The blistering sexual violence and extreme gore may be too much for timid viewers. Trauma is politically aware horror grounded in the evil and numerous human rights violations committed under Pinochet in that time period. The movie opens with one of the most brutal and devastating scenes ever filmed. Trauma is not for the faint of heart, or the weak of stomach. The graphic scenes in the unrated director’s cut are NC-17 in caliber. Even jaded horror movie lovers will find the gore shocking. The no-holds-barred movie is horror filmmaking made with a purpose, incorporating true events to add authenticity. Some of it does feel a touch gratuitous, but provides an intensity rarely matched in cinema.  Rojas’s shocking film is expertly crafted from direction to cinematography, creating an evocative sense of terror. Music can make or break a horror movie. Composer Ignacio Redard’s propulsive score is fantastic, carrying the action along. The moody electronic score almost has the same impact that John Carpenter’s revered score for Halloween aids that horror classic. Trauma is powerful horror storytelling. Director Lucio A. Rojas’s film makes a statement on Chile’s past while delivering one of this year’s most frightening and effective movies.” – DoBlu