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Remember all those British-produced anthology horror films that
sometimes made it to US theaters back in the 70s, but were more often
screened on Saturday late night or Sunday afternoon television? Stuff
like THE VAULT OF HORROR or TORTURE GARDEN or FROM BEYOND THE GRAVE (or
TALES FROM THE CRYPT or TALES THAT WITNESS MADNESS and on and on)?
TRAPPED ASHES is a heartfelt and enthusiastic (and largely successful)
attempt to revisit that kind of sometimes-serious, sometimes-funny,
sometimes-trashy scare flick.
Encompassing four short episodes and a wrap-around set in a deserted Hollywood studio tour's "haunted house," TRAPPED ASHES explores vampiric breast implants, horny spirits of suicidal Japanese monks, tapeworm twins, and the soul-sucking girlfriend of Stanley Kubrick. Some of the episodes are more successful than others, with the most confident probably being the "Stanley's Girlfriend" one, directed by the most decidedly NON-genre vet Monte Hellman. It's a really touching, elegiac little piece, full of imagination and a genuine love for the world of film. The other three stories - and the wraparound - are more traditionally horrific, but also very inspired in their mixture of sex, horror and a warped approach to the genre. The Ken Russell segment in particular, "The Girl with the Golden Breasts," had the audience in Toronto alternately laughing with glee or squirming in discomfort, leading to three audience casualties!
TRAPPED ASHES will appeal most to horror fans who are looking for a sometimes familiar, but definitely unique and twisted type of anthology genre film. Full of breasts, blood, great special effects, appearances by older actors like Henry Gibson, John Saxon, and a cool, "blink and you'll miss him!" cameo by none other than Dick Miller, it's a wonderful horror-movie debut for screenwriter Dennis Bartok and a great turn by all the veteran directors (and new director/vet f/x guy John Gaeta).
Highly recommended for a fun and old-fashioned-style scary time at the movies.