by quite a distance the oddest Argento i've consumed, potentially revealing the extent i allow the school of formalism to dictate my enjoyment of a film // a few films sprung to mind but none more than Thomas Alfredson's recent crime thriller The Snowman // expecting to rewatch this again very soon
Visual flavor and musical score that feel more appropriate for a slasher but silly dialogues, nonsensical storytelling and fetishistic murders make it Dario Argento's home ground. Couple of awkward moments such as talking heads and creepy angels are still not sufficient to create enough unique style over typical lack of substance like in a old glory days.
The beginning of the end for Argento. A complete mess, but still lots of bizarro fun if you try not to compare it to his earlier masterpieces. Talking decapitated heads, awkward erotic shots of his own daughter and the always lovely and batshit crazy Piper Laurie doing what she does best.
Calamitous. It seems that most of the scenes of TRAUMA have been polished by a politically correct American censor. Unfiortunately, with Dario Argento, one can not hope that the quality of the screenplay saves the movie when the production is falling apart so let's forget this one.
A far cry from Dario Argento's horror masterpieces of the 70s and 80s, with only a handful of moments that hint at the twisted genius that made his earlier films so extraordinary. Superb cinematography and Argento's patented sweeping camerawork make for a great-looking film, but the cheesy script fails to build much suspense, and it's not too hard to figure out who the killer is. A major disappointment.