Judge David Johnson likes telling scary stories. Mostly about evil clowns and the women that love them.
Five tales of terror.
Well, technically it's four tales, with the overall plot tying the anthology together counting as one. That plot: some folks are on a tour of a haunted Hollywood mansion and find themselves trapped in the bowels of the building. Their only exit—according to the strange little tour guide—is to tell true-life horror stories. And so they do…
• "Attack of the Killer Boobs"
Following her surgery, he career immediately picks up. And it's all because of her new…enhancements. Too bad for her and her lovers that the nipples consume human flesh.
T&A RATING: It's about man-eating boobies. What do you expect?
• "Undead Horny Chinese Monk"
His wife seduced and captured by a Hell-bound monk, the husband descends into a weirdo amalgam of live-action and anime, complete with howling demons and tentacle penises.
T&A RATING: Some playful, nighttime demon fornication.
• "Helo from Battlestar Galactica Boinks His Best
T&A RATING: Subdued and implied.
• "Girl Gestates with a Big-Ass Tapeworm"
During her stays with her emotionally abusive stepmother, the girl calls upon her worm brother to slither into dad's bedroom and engage in improper relations with mom.
T&A RATING: Forcible worm rape.
Trapped Ashes is a fairly entertaining horror anthology, never scary, but sometimes outrageous and disgusting and once in a while unsettling. I'd say about half the stories are good (bloodsucking boobs and Buddhist cartoon Hell). The other half not so much. So you're looking at about a 50-50 split return on your entertainment dollar.
The transfer looks fine (1.78:1 anamorphic widescreen) and the sound mix is up to the task (5.1 Dolby Digital). A solid selection of extras includes a feature commentary, deleted scenes, director's cuts of two of the tales and a detailed five-part making-of documentary.
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