Posted at 8:52 PM on June 29, 2008
by Euan Kerr
So I got a copy of Dario Argento's "Trauma" and watched it in all its gory glory. The film is nominally about anorexia, but there's a serial killer too who has a home-made electric garrote and a nasty habit of removing people's heads.
Ordinarily I have little interest is gorefests. The world is a scary enough place for me. But what kept me watching was all the people who I have met over the years who have parts in the film.
There was Dominique Serrand of Theater de la Jeune Lune playing a creepy Romanian guy, Isabell Monk O'Connor of the Guthrie playing a chiropractor working in a creepy office, Peter Moore who has acted and directed just about everywhere in the Twin Cities plays a creepy TV news director, and local veteran Stephen d'Ambrose plays a creepy seance guest. (It's a creepy film in case you hadn't guessed.)
Penumbra veteran Lester Purry plays a fairly normal cop and former local TV guy Tony Saffold plays a local TV guy (and nails it too.)
The film also makes use of various Twin Cities locations including the Hennepin Avenue bridge and other downtown locations, and the Hopkins House Hotel in Hopkins.
The appearances of the locals and the localities really raise this film. It has been cited by some as marking a downturn in Argento's creative powers, but I can't really judge either way. I'm just glad I've seen it, and now don't really have to see it again.