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December 2, 2014
A horror anthology with segments directed by Ken Russell, Joe Dante, Sean Cunningham and Monte Hellman? Sounds great, doesn't it? Well, it's not. The screenplay by Dennis Bartok (who up until this specialized in documentary supplements for DVDs) really lets this one down. None of the segments are the least bit interesting.
½ April 13, 2014

A group of "randomly" selected individuals receive VIP park passes to a Universal Studios type theme park. They decide to go off the tour and visit the haunted house where a famous movie was filmed; unfortunately, they become locked in the house. The tour guide believes if they each tell one horror story, the house will let them out. As the strangers tell their stories, they may not feel so comfortable around each other...

"You have to let the worm grow with your baby."

Sean Cunningham (The original Friday the 13th), Joe Dante (Gremlins 2), John Gaeta, Monte Hellman (Two-Lane Blacktop), and Ken Russell (Gothic) collaborate to deliver five short stories for this picture. The storylines for this picture is miserable and very disappointing. The plots are fairly flimsy and the acting is very mediocre. The cast includes John Saxon, Jayce Bartok, Henry Gibson, Lara Harris, Scott Lowell, and Rachel Veltri.

"We've learned from our mistakes."

I grabbed this movie off Netflix because I was hoping for something a little closer to Tales from the Darkside; unfortunately, this was worse than Tales from the Hood. Overall, this is a pathetic addition to the genre that should be skipped even by horror movie junkies.

"There were rumors of orgies and satanic rituals on his sets."

Grade: F
March 21, 2014
A pretty good horror anthology :)
September 13, 2013
An anthology of four horror tales...not so bad.
August 30, 2013
Typically predictable horror anthology. Ok for a for a Saturday afternoon if you have nothing better to do. Sixties actor John Saxon, Laugh In's Henry Gibson and erstwhile Queer as Folk regular Scott Lowell are the "big name actors" of this epic.
½ July 25, 2013
A thoroughly entertaining and twisted if somewhat derivative horror anthology film, Trapped Ashes features an interesting assortment of directors for its five segments: Joe Dante (Piranha), Sean S. Cunningham (Friday the 13th), Joe Gaeta (visual effects on The Matrix films), Monte Hellman (Two-Lane Bricktop), and Ken Russell (The Devils, Altered States, Tommy, etc.). Brutal, crazy, erotic, and always surprising, Trapped Ashes features one story after another that blends sex and horror into an awesomely entertaining mixture that may be derivative of a certain other classic horror omnibus film but is nonetheless enjoyable.
½ June 24, 2013
The director of Friday the 13th made this. That's only thing I can say without ripping this movie apart.
May 12, 2013
unfortunately, like a lot of horror anthologies, it is decent conceptually, but not well executed. Flashes of cleverness are overrun by an overall unevenness and inexcusably bad effects.
½ February 7, 2013
Trapped Ashes (Sean S. Cunningham et al., 2006)

Homage to eighties horror anthologies by way of Aria (not surprising given that Ken Russell shows up) that sometimes works, sometimes doesn't. The framing story, directed by Gremlins' Joe Dante, gives us a number of people on a VIP tour of a Hollywood studio lot, conducted by a friendly, if slightly absentminded, tour guide (The Blues Brothers' Henry Gibson). He points out the lot's supposedly-cursed haunted house set, and the tourists clamor to go in; they soon find themselves trapped and, echoing the set's most famous film, are forced to tell their most personal, horrifying stories to escape. Which leads us into the tales...

Ken Russell opens the bidding with "The Girl with Golden Breasts". A would-be starlet (Pray for Morning's Rachel Veltri) decides her charms need an upgrade, so she consults a doctor who presents her with, quite possibly the most ridiculous idea ever committed to film: implants made of dead human tissue. You can see where this would go bad... but it goes even worse than that (and I'm not just talking about this segment's idiotically low-budget special effects). The upside: it only gets better from here.

Next comes Jibaku, from Sean S. Cunningham, director of the original Friday the 13th. Henry (Queer as Folk's Scott Lowell) and Julia (The Fisher King's Lara Harris) are on vacation in Japan, trying to patch up their marriage, except Henry keeps getting called away to business meetings, leaving Lara to experience the culture by herself-until she meets handsome, enigmatic Seishin (When the Last Sword Is Drawn's Yoshinori Hiruma), who she eventually winds up in bed with. This turns out to be a bad idea, given that Seishin is a ghost and draws her into a Buddhist hell from which Henry, with the help of the head monk (Takashi Miike regular Ryo Ishibashi) at the temple where Seishin was living when he committed suicide, must rescue her. Not bad, though not great.

"Stanley's Girlfriend", directed by Two-Lane Blacktop veteran Monte Hellman, is by far the best of the bunch. Narrated by Enter the Dragon's John Saxon, it tells the story of Leo, a frustrated screenwriter in golden-age Hollywood (Saxon plays him as an old man; Riverworld's Tahmoh Penikett plays him in his prime) who befriends oddball director Stanley (Snakes on a Plane's Tygh Runyan). All is well until Stanley acquires himself a girlfriend, Nina (Species III's Amelia Cooke). We all know that the first blush of a romance can be all-consuming, but Nina and Stanley take it to ridiculous levels, to the point where Stanley basically falls off the grid, and only Leo knows he's even still alive...until he gets a call from a New York producer. He flies out to make the movie, leaving Stanley alone with Nina... and you know what happens next. What you might not be prepared for is why.

The final story, "My Twin, the Worm", was the first (and, to date, last) directorial effort from visual effects guy John Gaeta, who works extensively with the Wachowski Brothers. It shows; this is the weakest of the stories, mostly because it's damn close to incomprehensible.

I wanted to like this a great deal more than I did, and it's worth seeing for the Monte Hellman short (though I'd suggest checking out one or two of Hellman's features to see if his slow-burn thriller technique works for you before diving in here), and less so for the Cunningham and Dante bits (the latter of which features an older, burnt-out Jayce Bartok from Spider-Man; his brother Dennis wrote and produced the film). ** 1/2
February 5, 2012
Not really that good the tales are terrible the first tale is about a girl who gets a boob job ok then what kills people well who are you then Tara Reid or something then the tales get worse and worse
½ December 2, 2011
had relatively high expectations given the directors involved: ken russell, joe dante, monte hellman, sean s cunningham, but sadly i was letdown, the stories usually started out with a good concept, especially the kubrick one, but each time the payoff was just bland and uninspired imo, i wasnt expecting this to be great horror, just an enjoyable anthology, but even at that it failed
October 3, 2011
An ok omnibus with a clear concept. Only segments worth watching are ones by Ken Russel and Monte Hellman, and the only segment you can learn something about film is the one by Hellman.
Super Reviewer
September 25, 2011
Boring, Bad Acting, Poorly Filmed, this film just isn't that great. There's not one thing that caught my attention, not one. I didn't really like this film, and thought some parts were just..too..."fake." Skip it!
½ August 20, 2011
It gets a score for originality.
½ April 21, 2011
Film a sketches qui a l'objectif de jouer dans la cour des William Castle et de la Hammer mais qui ne fait pas plus de vagues qu'nu bon vieux "contes de la crypte". Et au cas où, ce sont les segments de Joe Dante et de Monte Hellman qui sont les plus convaincant alors que ce sont les parties qui ont le moins de rapport avec l'ensemble...
October 2, 2010
Monte Hellman's tribute short to Stanley Kubrick makes this throwaway project worth a look.
½ September 18, 2010
Trashy horror movie anthology. Monte Hellman contributes a segment that is restrained and competently made; out of the context of the rest of the film, it might even seem unobjectionable. The rest is transparent junk. Ken Russell is at least having some fun with his contribution, which is gleefully over the top.
June 27, 2010
Pour le segment de Monte Hellman, passionnant et avec l'excellent John Saxon (Les Griffes de la nuit, Opération Dragon...). Sinon, ça vogue du coté des Masters Of Horror sans en avoir les COJONES.
½ June 20, 2010
The baby does not appear to have been well received. Whats not to like? Its daft, its gory, its got John Saxon in it! The first tale in this anthology is rather dodgy with its man-chomping titty implants however the rest works well and keeps you going with a nice, if obvious, twist at the end. Cheap and kinda awful it's a delight for the watch-anything-horror fan.
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