Monday, July 14, 2008

Trapped Ashes

I noticed that Trapped Ashes (2006) is finally making its way to DVD this week. Has anyone actually seen it yet, or recommend it? I’ve heard it called everything from a “throwback to the anthology films of the 60’s and 70’s”, to a “tribute to pre-code horror comics” but mostly what I’ve read make it sound like a low budget Skinemax T&A fest. I do like the directors but the same can be said for the consistently awful Masters of Horror series. Anyway… synopsis:

"Trapped in a house of horror, seven people discover that the only way they'll get out alive is to tell their scariest stories about sexy succubi, possessed breast implants, nightmarish dream hauntings and more."

Five tales of terror from directors Ken Russell, Sean S. Cunningham, Joe Dante, Monte Hellman and John Gaeta. For more info click HERE.

4 comments:

Alex Whitington said...

Consistantly Awful?
Not so... Homecoming is great..

and...

and...

And that's about it, actually. I liked the one with the skinless lady but no-one else seems to...

Anonymous said...

SOUNDS LIKE ITS WORTH A RENT FOR SURE. AND I AGREE ABOUT MASTERS OF HORROR TOO, NOT MANY MASTERFUL MOMENTS SO FAR.

SPR said...

Hellman's segment is great, I thought, this weirdly elegiac meta-look back over his difficult career in filmmaking, done in a calm stately style, making genuinely unsettling use of its b-movie horror film t&a/gore elements [as in, they're every bit as morally charged as the exploitation-film elements in Iguana]. Kind of Eyes Wide Shut-like. The rest ranges from forgettable to insultingly terrible, though John Saxon and Henry Gibson are always fun. Russell and Dante in particular don't distinguish themselves [but then when have they ever].

Karswell said...

>Russell and Dante in particular don't distinguish themselves [but then when have they ever].

Hmmm... I really like Dante's first half dozen films, especially Rock 'n Roll High School, Pirahna and Gremlins (and even the Police Squad episodes he directed.) The Howling though is a bit overrated except for the few transformation scenes. Ken Russell on the other hand has had so many distinguishing moments in his career I don't even know where to begin!