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Trapped Ashes (2006)

R | | Horror | 15 July 2008 (USA)
Seven strangers on a Hollywood movie studio tour are trapped inside an infamous House of Horror and forced to tell their most terrifying stories to get out alive.

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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Andy (story segments "Wraparound")
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Tour Guide (story segments "Wraparound")
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Julia (story segments "Wraparound")
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Henry (story segments "Wraparound")
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Max (story segments "Wraparound")
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Nathalie (story segments "Wraparound") / Martine (segment "My Twin, The Worm") (as Michele-Barbara Pelletier)
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Leo (story segments "Stanley's Girlfriend")
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Phoebe (segment "The Girl with Golden Breasts")
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Doug (segment "The Girl with Golden Breasts")
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Nurse (segment "The Girl with Golden Breasts")
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Zack (segment "The Girl with Golden Breasts")
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Ben (segment "The Girl with Golden Breasts") (as Rob De Leeuw)
Mina E. Mina ...
Dr. Judith (segment "The Girl with Golden Breasts")
Winston Rekert ...
Dr. Larry (segment "The Girl with Golden Breasts")
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Dr. Lucy (segment "The Girl with Golden Breasts")
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The actress Phoebe Kane and her boyfriend Andy, the architect Henry and his wife Julia, the former director Leo and Nathalie receive an invitation for a VIP Tour in the Ultra Studios. When they see the spooky house where the missing director Desmond Hacker filmed "Hysteria", they ask their tour guide to stop the car to visit the infamous house. In a moment, they find that they are trapped in a room without any exit and the guide suggests them to tell the scariest experience of each one like in "Hysteria". Each one tells a spooky tale until they finally discover the end of their stories. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Stories Can Make You Laugh or Cry ... And Some Make You Die. See more »

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Rated R for sexual content, nudity, violence, disturbing images and language | See all certifications »
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The segment "Stanley's Girlfriend" was shot in three and a half days. See more »

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(at around 15 mins) In the first sequence, where the girl is about to have surgery, they hold the gas mask several inches from her face and never place it against her face. See more »

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References Sunset Blvd. (1950) See more »

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Performed by Don Byas
Written by Robert Ellen (as R. Ellen)
Published by Molique (BMI)
©2006
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15 February 2016 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

TRAPPED ASHES is a very low budget anthology horror made in the same style as DR TERROR'S HOUSE OF HORRORS or CREEPSHOW. It has an admirably old-fashioned feel to it, but unfortunately the constraints of budget and general cheesiness of the execution means that it disappoints rather than innovates throughout.

Unusually enough for a horror anthology, the best part of the film is the wraparound segment. This is directed by Joe Dante, who can't resist throwing in some old timers like his beloved Dick Miller and Henry Gibson (THE BURBS), who acts as a tour guide showing a group around an old haunted house. The stories that take place are as follows: The first, THE GIRL WITH GOLDEN BREASTS, is an awful bad taste joke about a woman whose breast enlargement operation goes awry. This one's directed by Ken Russell, who also cameos, and it's terrible from beginning to end. The second, JIBAKU, is directed by Friday THE 13TH's Sean S. Cunningham and is a Japanese-set ghost story. Sadly, the events that play out are entirely predictable, although Ryo Ishibashi (SUICIDE CLUB) bags a small role.

The third story, STANLEY'S GIRLFRIEND, arouses some mild interest by tackling the weighty subject of Stanley Kubrick, but it turns out to be routine despite the welcome presence of old-timer John Saxon. The final story, MY TWIN, MY WORM, is another bad taste story and the title tells you everything you need to know about that. I only really enjoyed TRAPPED ASHES for seeing the three old-time actors on-screen but the young cast members are very poor here and the directors appear to be slumming it. It's a pity.


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