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The traditional horror anthology makes a triumphant comeback in this collection of four frightfully horrific tales from directors Monte Hellman, Ken Russell, Sean S. Cunningham, John Gaeta, and Joe Dante. When seven strangers accept a mysterious invitation to tour a Hollywood studio lot, they become trapped in a room and discover that their only hope for escape is to reveal the most terrifying tale they know.

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

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"Dennis Bartok writes this lackluster anthology of four juvenile horror stories dripping with sexual dread and goofball gore."
‑ Bill Stamets, Chicago Sun-Times
"Pairing cult directors with macabre omnibus material is always a tasty proposition, but the results disappoint in Trapped Ashes, a quartet of mildly sexed-up, unscary horror tales with a unifying wraparound story."
‑ Dennis Harvey, Variety
"As is usually the case with these things, Trapped Ashes is a mixed bag - but worth a look for genre fans."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"An enormously disappointing waste of time and talent that even the most forgiving of genre buffs will find almost impossible to sit through without squirming in their seats out of sheer boredom."
‑ Peter Sobczynski,
"Gross-out comedy about male discomfort with female sexuality dominates this horror anthology scripted by Dennis Bartok."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Only fitfully entertaining."
‑ Michael Rechtshaffen, Hollywood Reporter
"Any film that let's Ken Russell direct an episode about killer breasts deserves some kind of credit, almost regardless of the results."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"A horrible mess of horror movie cliches..."
‑ Jason Gorber, Film Scouts
"With its gore-comix sensibility and self-conscious flashes of nudity, Trapped Ashes clunks along, and (to be completely petty) never really overcomes its clunky title."
‑ Michael Phillips, Chicago Tribune
"It's great to see the return of Hellman, even if this film's pathetic theatrical release and dismal reception make it unlikely we'll see much more of him anytime soon."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"Ultimately, I'd recommend this film for fans of anthology horror films, but it's far from a classic."
‑ Lucius Gore, ESplatter
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