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How 'Trauma' may echo through another film

Posted at 5:36 PM on June 24, 2008 by Euan Kerr

Just days after recalling Dario Argento's visit to the Twin Cities to make "Trauma" back in the early 1990's, the visit came up in another conversation.

Author N.M. Kelby, who in her earlier life was Twin Cities performer and TV reporter Nicole Niemi told me today that her experience working on the film is an important element in her new novel "Murder at the Bad Girl's Bar and Grill."

She remembers how Argento would work the cast and crew all night and then suddenly send everyone home with his announcement "And now we sleep."

"He talked about it as a great homage to the decline of the American culture," Kelby says. "And I just wanted to go: 'Dude it's really about a guy who chops off heads and puts them in hat boxes.'"

Kelby's experiences at Heart of the Beast Theater also play a part in the book. What's wild and circular in a way is now Hollywood is interested in making movies from the books. It's and entertaining tale which you can hear here

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