TRAUMA (2017) Political Horror of the Most Extreme Kind!

TRAUMA (2017) Political Horror of the Most Extreme Kind!

Oct 5, 2018

Artsploitation Films has announced the US and Canadian release of the eye-popping Chilean horror film Trauma from director Lucio A. Rojas. The film is plays out the horrors committed by the Pinochet regime of the 1970s with the visceral cycle of abuse that followed its fall. Trauma will be available October 23rd on Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD, including iTunes, Amazon Instant Video, Google Play, Vudu and more.

Chile, 1973. After the military strike puts a dramatic end to president Allende‘s
government, general Augusto Pinochet rules the country with blood and fire. Gruesome
and unpunished murders took place in the shadows of the Chilean dictatorship. In the
present day, what could have been a pleasant weekend in the countryside for a group of
young women, turns into a nightmarish run to escape the horror that survived. As more
locals are involved, and the lustful bloodbath gets unleashed, one by one the unlucky
visitors must confront the unspeakable evil that lies inside ordinary men.

Chile, 1973. After the military strike puts a dramatic end to president Allende‘s goverment, general
Augusto Pinochet rules the country with blood and fire. His most brutal forces, however, are not the
soldiers, but the fearsome agents of the military intelligence and the cold-blooded civilians who
support them. Years after the dictatorship ended and the Valech Comission Report was published,
untold horrors surfaced and people was finally able to know about the gruesome crimes against men,
women and even children.

The film lays its foundations in the recent history of Chile and the prevailing repression of the
Pinochet dictatorship very approached by national filmmakers, which marked a full generation of
Chileans (50 years approx) but never in the genre films and, therefore, never explicit in the harshness
that existed for the real biography of his tortured victims.

Well known is the raw testimony of the actress Gloria Laso, who because of belonging to the
resistance, was imprisoned and taken to one of the 16 torture centers and one of the roughest,
known as “La Venda Sexy” (referring to the bandage with which they covered the eyes of the
prisoners they tortured sexually) where they used to take women (including
pregnant women and with children included) to submit them to the most abhorrent sexual torture,
among which are mentioned: zoophilic rape (With an CNI agent in charge of canine training for the
purpose of sexual torture, Ingrid Olderock “the lady of the dogs” introduction of living mice and other
monstrosities of which only a decade later, her traumatized victims would count in the book “Los
Malos” (The bad ones, by Leila Guerriero) or famous Rettig Report where entire
Chile was impacted by the indecency of the military with these women and especially, with pregnant
women or women with children present.

The history books capture these atrocities but … has anyone bothered to investigate the
consequences of sexual torture? Including those that, as a survival method, developed resiliences
that nobody assures, were a healthy means of psychological defense?

This same motivates director Lucio A. Rojas to create a local monster that is the repository of the
most atrocious traumas, including a forced incest (rape of his own mother) described in testimonies
of the Rettig report and that like Europeans his own war . As noted critic Andrew Mack of Screen
Anarchy said: “Filmmakers before us have given us an idea what an oppressive regime is capable of
committing against its own people. Few, like Lucio Rojas, have given us reason to fight back against

Trauma is a necessary film whose only chance to refresh the world’s memory is to expose it at once,
reminding us that there are still human remnants of that, that not only the torturers remain free but
also the victims deformed by the trauma and those victims, today involuntary monsters , they
retaliate with women in the same way that in the past the “Venda Sexy” sexually destroyed many
citizens, reducing them to the category of things, worthless objects. The monkfish and revenge of this
story revolts against that, but without forgetting that a sexually traumatized man rebounds the
violence experienced towards other innocent women and that the first step of female vindication is
expressed in a final girl, a heroine who takes the risk to self-immolate to cut out the damned karma
of violence towards them. Either way.

Born in Santiago, Chile, Lucio Rojas studied Public Administration at the University of Chile.
Later he studied at the Film School of Chile, where he graduated with a specialization in script and
direction. The year 2012 debuts with Cristian Toledo in the direction of “Muerte Ciega” (Blind DeathHavana
Film Festival). 2014 premieres “Perfidia”, a film that had an official selection in almost twenty
international festivals. The 2015 premiere of “Sendero” at the Sitges festival and from there, marked
presence in more than 25 international festivals, being the first Chilean horror film to be acquired
worldwide by Netflix for world premiere.

Now it premieres “Trauma”, the most controversial horror film made in the last decades in Latin
America and considered in several international rankings within the top 10 of the season.

Selected filmography
– De Contemptu Mundi (short) (2010)
– Fascinum (Short) (2010)
– Zombie Dawn (2011)
– Perfidia (2014)
– Sendero (2015)

The Blu-ray and DVD releases of Trauma will be available from all major retailers.


Release Date: October 23, 2018
Format: Blu-ray & DVD, VOD
Genre: Horror
Year: 2017
Running Time: 110′
Language: Spanish with English English
Audio format: 5.1 Dolby Digital
Country: Chile
Directors: Lucio A. Rojas
Cast: Catalina Martin, Daniel Antivilo, Macarena Carrere, Ximena del Solar, Felipe Ríos