Trapped Ashes | Chicago Reader

Trapped Ashes

Gross-out comedy about male discomfort with female sexuality dominates this horror anthology scripted by Dennis Bartok. Joe Dante directed the frame—about a movie-studio tour, guided by Henry Gibson, in which customers can escape from a haunted house only by telling a gruesome story—and Monte Hellman directed the best segment, premised on the early Hollywood career of Stanley Kubrick. Their craft gives this feature most of its interest, though bad-movie buffs may enjoy the stylistic overkill of Ken Russell's tale about a starlet getting transplanted breasts that prove deadly to others, and the other standard-issue crudities and improbabilities found in John Gaeta's and Sean C. Cunningham's stories. With John Saxon. 105 min.

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