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Trapped Ashes (2006)

R | | Horror | 3 August 2007 (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.


Dennis Bartok





Cast overview, first billed only:
Jayce Bartok ... Andy (story segments "Wraparound")
Henry Gibson ... Tour Guide (story segments "Wraparound")
Lara Harris ... Julia (story segments "Wraparound")
Scott Lowell ... Henry (story segments "Wraparound")
Dick Miller ... Max (story segments "Wraparound")
Michèle-Barbara Pelletier ... Nathalie (story segments "Wraparound") / Martine (segment "My Twin, The Worm") (as Michele-Barbara Pelletier)
John Saxon ... Leo (story segments "Stanley's Girlfriend")
Rachel Veltri ... Phoebe (segment "The Girl with Golden Breasts")
Richard Ian Cox ... Doug (segment "The Girl with Golden Breasts")
Glynis Davies ... Nurse (segment "The Girl with Golden Breasts")
Scott Heindl ... Zack (segment "The Girl with Golden Breasts")
Rob deLeeuw ... Ben (segment "The Girl with Golden Breasts") (as Rob De Leeuw)
Mina E. Mina Mina E. Mina ... Dr. Judith (segment "The Girl with Golden Breasts")
Winston Rekert Winston Rekert ... Dr. Larry (segment "The Girl with Golden Breasts")
Ken Russell ... Dr. Lucy (segment "The Girl with Golden Breasts")


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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Rated R for sexual content, nudity, violence, disturbing images and language | See all certifications »

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Did You Know?


Tobe Hooper was originally considered to direct the segment "The Girl with Golden Breasts" while Dario Argento was initially slated to direct the segment "My Twin, the Worm." See more »


(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 »


References Sunset Blvd. (1950) See more »


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Five tales of sex, horror, sex, sex and sex.
25 January 2021 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Maybe it's too much of an assumption, or a generalization, but horror fans love anthologies! "Waxworks" (1924) and "Dead of Night" (1945) were the pioneers, and during the 70s in Britain, the Amicus Studios even specialized in them with a couple of classics as results, like "The House that Dripped Blood" and "Asylum". The ultimately popular omnibus came in the 80s, with George A. Romero's "Creepshow". Starting from the 90s, it became somewhat of a gimmick to have the separate segments directed by different - and preferably prestigious - directors. The variety of names usually makes it even more attractive for fans, but the participation of famous directors doesn't necessarily guarantee a brilliant anthology.

The names of the directors involved in "Trapped Ashes" is impressive, to say the least. Joe Dante ("The Howling", "Piranha") signed for the wraparound story, which gathers a group of seven people on a guided tour in an abandoned Hollywood movie studio. Dante, always his jolly self, takes the opportunity to give small roles to his buddies (like Dick Miller and Henry Gibson) but he's not given much material to work with otherwise.

The actual segments vary from extremely disappointing to surprisingly shocking. Sean S. Cunningham, horror-immortal thanks to the original "Friday the 13th", delivers the weakest contribution with a confusing and quite pretentious tale set in mystical Japan. The best story - or, better said, my own personal favorite - is a tie between Ken Russell's "The Girl with the Golden Breast" and John Gaeta's "My Twin, the Worm". The first is tacky but pleasantly deranged variation on the "I'll do whatever it takes to make it in Hollywood" theme, and I particularly love the second because of its rather disturbed premise of a fetus and a parasite developing in the womb together. Monte Hellman's tale is mediocre at best, in spite of the presence of the almighty John Saxon and the ingenious references towards Stanley Kubrick.

Undeniably, the main theme in every short story is sex. In fact, almost the entire film qualifies as pure body-horror, which also means that the sex and nudity is never arousing or even pleasant to look at. All the individual segments may look unfinished, since they all end rather abruptly, but even the lesser experienced horror fanatics can guess the real denouement comes at the end of the wraparound story. "Trapped Ashes" is a decent effort and an atypical anthology. I'm glad that I saw it, but I can't label it as a classic, nor a favorite.

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