Wednesday, April 27, 2011

Trauma (AKA Enigma rosso / Virgin Terror - 1978)

Continuing with my Drive-In Classics: 50 Movie Pack, I decided to move into giallo mode. My first giallo for the afternoon yesterday was Trauma (AKA Virgin Terror) and originally known as Enigma rosso from 1978.

Plot/ A detective investigating the murder of a teenage girl begins to focus his suspicions on the three girlfriends of the victim, who call themselves "The Inseparables."

This was an interesting little giallo. Yes, there was a definite lack of overall gore and the transfer was choppy, but there truly was a lot to like. The atmosphere was very creepy and heavy, the suspect list was long, varied and really held up throughout the film (not to mention kept you guessing), the soundtrack fit and the acting was solid (not to mention some nice nude scenes). As with some giallo’s, the pacing seemed a bit off at times and the story did move is some strange ways, but in the end it led to a great twist that made the ending work. Sure, this is not the perfect flick, but it was definitely worth watching.

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