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Joyce Bartok, Henry Gibson, Joe Dante, Ken Russell. A tour of a Hollywood movie studio ends in a nightmare for seven strangers who end up trapped in the infamous House of Horror." It seems the only way for them to get out alive is for each one to tell their most terrifying personal horror story. 2006/color/105 min/R/widescreen.

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  • Actors: Jayce Bartok, Henry Gibson, Lara Harris, Scott Lowell, Dick Miller
  • Directors: Joe Dante, John Gaeta, Ken Russell, Monte Hellman, Sean S. Cunningham
  • Writers: Dennis Bartok
  • Producers: Akira Ishii, Christopher Tricarico
  • Format: Multiple Formats, AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
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    Restricted
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: July 15, 2008
  • Run Time: 105 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (34 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0018LX9SA
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #72,977 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Trapped Ashes" on IMDb

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Good photography and a fine musical score can't save this film. In it a group of unpleasant people go on a tour of the back lot of a movie studio and have a "special" opportunity to visit a normally closed set, a creepy old house. Once inside they find that they can't get out, so they tell stories about the scariest thing that ever happened to them. There's a "surprise" ending in which they find out why they're in this situation.

Some formerly hot directors worked on, but don't bring a lot to, the various stories. Joe Dante (Gremlins) directed the scenes set at the movie studio and in the haunted house. Ken Russell (Women in Love; Altered States) makes a complete mess of a story about a starlet who gets breast implants that turn out to be livelier than she expected. Sean S Cunningham (Friday the 13th) directs a well told story about an American and his wife whose trip to Japan is a less than relaxing vacation. Monte Hellman (The Shooting; Two Lane Blacktop) contributes a story about Hollywood in the 1950's that strongly hints at being about reclusive director Stanley Kubrick. And John Gaeta, previously known for his work on special effects for films such as The Matrix, directs an incredibly bad story about a young woman and the parasite that grew in the womb beside her when she was a baby.

Performances are all over the place. Most of the actors are fairly wooden, although in their defense the writing is amateurish and they had little to work with.

Worse yet, the film has a split personality. Horror movie one minute, then very soft core porn, then back to horror again. It's like watching TV late at night with a defective remote that switches between Chiller and Cinemax After Dark at random.

It was good to see a couple of familiar cases in the cast, both of whom deserve better: Henry Gibson from Laugh-In and John Saxon. Acting is like any other job: you go where the work is.
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So just tonight I got the idea of making it a regular thing to review movies and possibly other entertainments such as books & music as though I were writing wine reviews, with all the pretentious creativity of the language. I'd really love to hear what you think, and will use this particular review as a sort of trial balloon, paying special attention to how many people it's helpful to.

This is a satisfyingly sexual horror anthology with a glitzy glittery Hollywood bouquet with notes of Eat, Starry Eyed, Mulholland Drive and even Inland Empire. While not quite as potent as, say, a Little Deaths, they have in common sleazy, shadowy, lurid, sexually mature anthological flavor; on the other hand, it has a robust Chaucerian cohesiveness that Little Deaths lacks—like Cantebury Tales or even more Neil Gaimen's graphic novel Worlds' End, part of the Sandman series that deserves a cinematic uncorking sometime soon after Sandman's scheduled cinematic debut and are you not FREAKING EXCITED ABOUT THAT? but I digress. I invite you to enjoy this delectable anthological mélange.
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It isn’t the worst movie I’ve ever seen, but it is far from the best and even further from the most original. From the initial set up- a group of people trapped together in a building who tell scary stories- to each of the vignettes, chances are that you’ve seen or read the story before and it was told better. I actually think that some of the stories would have been pretty good if given more time. (None seem to warrant a full feature length film though.) I left the film particularly thinking that the story about the two filmmakers could have been an interesting character study of close male relationships and how the introduction of a woman impacts it. (Again, something that you’ve probably seen a thousand times before.) Not that it was all unoriginal- I can honestly say that I’ve never seen breasts drink from straws before, but even that story was just a different take on the evil organ donor.
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Trapped Ashes is one of those films tht could've been great, but ended up a total dud. The one bright light in the whole film is Gibson, who, while a bit hammy, comes off an genuinely creepy. The rest of the 4 tales are a predictable mish-mash of pseudo horror, light gore, and gratuitous nudity and sex. All the directors involved more or less seemed to be phoning n their work, and even Saxon, the only other credible actor in the cast (the rest seemed like they were in a high-school play), pretty much sleepwalked his lines. Interesting that something like Tales From The Crypt, done -- what? -- 30 years earlier, was far superior. Save your money; look for it on cable some late night.
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Contains Spoilers;

'Trapped Ashes' is a 'horror' anthology with each episode cut by a different director. There's an awful lot of sex on show, but not much original, inventive horror, and the main reason for this is a limp and gawky script by the otherwise fabulously named Dennis Bartok.

You know Ken Russell's segment isn't going to be out and out gore, but a glance at his back-catalogue reveals the guy's no stranger to extreme imagery, and as you'd expect, his piece is the most successful.
'The Girl With The Gold Breasts' makes the most of a weak conceit, and it's to Russell's great credit that he turns such an uneventful story into something so watch-able;
A wannabe Hollywood actress, undergoing a routine cosmetic procedure, receives vampire breasts. When she complains, we get to see Russell and two other old guys, dressed in very disturbing drag, eventually revealing they have splendid vampire breasts as well!
That's it. It's funny, quite bizarre, and you're left scratching your head a bit afterwards.
'TGWTGB' shows Russell's imagination is as warped and impish as ever, and an interview on the 'special features' reveals him to be cheerfully demented.

The other three films are no-where near as solid. Sean S. Cunningham's is a kind of live-action/Manga hybrid set around a Buddhist temple with plenty of sex as you'd expect, but not much chills.
Monte Hellman's piece seems to be a thesis on why Kubrick left for Europe in the 60's; his girlfriend was a witch apparently.
The final story by John Gaeta, an fx man, about a goth's relationship with the tape-worm she was forced to share her mother's belly with, has at least the embryo (apologgys droogies) of a good idea, but the climax is so obvious it falls straight off the screen.
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