Trapped Ashes

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Trapped Ashes
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Directed bySean S. Cunningham
Joe Dante
Monte Hellman
Ken Russell
John Gaeta
Produced byIndependent Film Fund, Cinema Investment
Written byDennis Bartok
StarringJayce Bartok
Henry Gibson
Lara Harris
Music byKenji Kawai
CinematographyZoran Popovic
Makoto Watanabe
Distributed byIndependent Film Fund
Cinema Investment
Tokyo Broadcasting System
Release date
  • September 12, 2006 (2006-09-12)
Running time
105 minutes
CountryUnited States

Trapped Ashes is a 2006 American horror anthology film with segments directed by Sean S. Cunningham, Joe Dante, Monte Hellman, Ken Russell, and John Gaeta. It stars Jayce Bartok, Henry Gibson, and Lara Harris.[1][2]


"Wraparound" (Joe Dante)[edit]

In the frame story seven strangers visiting Hollywood movie studios are brought to an ill-famed House of Horror by Desmond the tour guide (Henry Gibson) and find themselves locked inside. To leave the trap alive, they have to tell their most terrifying stories.

"The Girl with Golden Breasts" (Ken Russell)[edit]

Phoebe (Rachel Veltri) receives breast implants made of reconstituted human corpse tissue but the implants exhibit an appetite for human blood.

"Jibaku" (Sean S. Cunningham)[edit]

Henry (Scott Lowell) and Julia (Lara Harris) visit Japan, where Julia is seduced by a spirit attempting to draw her into Jigoku.

"Stanley's Girlfriend" (Monte Hellman)[edit]

Leo (Tahmoh Penikett) has an affair with fellow filmmaker Stanley's (Tygh Runyan) girlfriend Nina (Amelia Cooke), a witch who drinks the blood of her lovers to gain immortality.

"My Twin, the Worm" (John Gaeta)[edit]

Natalie's mother Martine (Michèle-Barbara Pelletier) cannot treat her tapeworm without losing her unborn child and must allow them both to grow inside her. Once born, Natalie continues to be compelled to feed the worm.



Received "33%" approval rating on a Rotten Tomatoes review (average rating 4.3/10).[3]


Bartok, who wrote all four episodes as well as the wraparound segments (which was directed by Joe Dante), certainly has an enthusiasm for the underused subgenre [sic] that is the horror anthology, but as a first time writer, is unable to deliver a knockout here. While each director does a descent job with the material they are given, the stories themselves are uneven and lack the power they need to propel from one to the next; the stand out episode is "Jibaku" with its interpretation of Japanese Hell and usage of animation, while "Stanley’s Girlfriend" has slow burning mood and subtle punch line but feels out of place amongst the others. "The Girl with the Golden Breast" essentially exists for Rachel Veltri to show off her ample boobs, while "My Twin, the Worm" is practically ruined by embarrassing CGI, especially given its director's resume. The material would feel much more satisfying in a television horror anthology instead of a movie, so that each segment could either be appreciated or written off independent of one another; the stories have a small screen appeal, and with their zinger endings and dark humor, would have been welcome on the Tales From The Crypt TV series. This comparison is made all the stronger by the elderly guide who pushes each of the tourists to tell a story, while the twisty-winding rooms and hallways of the haunted mansion seal the deal.

— Ryan Midnight, Geeks of Doom[4]


  1. ^ "Trapped Ashes". FilmAffinity. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  2. ^ "STANLEY'S GIRLFRIEND (EPISODE FROM "TRAPPED ASHES")". Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  3. ^ Trapped Ashes at Rotten Tomatoes
  4. ^ Midnight, Ryan (31 August 2008). "DVD Review: Trapped Ashes". Geeks of Doom. Retrieved 27 January 2016.

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