A group of tourists on a guided tour of a Hollywood studio back-lot foolishly decide to explore an abandoned haunted house movie set. Aspiring screenwriter Andy Jayce Bartok , his starlet girlfriend Phoebe Cain Rachel Veltri , has-been film director Leo John Saxon , surly goth girl Nathalie Michelle-Barbara Pelletier and holidaying couple Henry Scott Lowell and Julia Lara Harris are trapped along with their meek yet strangely sinister tour guide Henry Gibson inside and find themselves compelled to re-enact the framing device of a classic horror movie by long-deceased, depraved director Desmond Hacker. One by one, each proceeds to tell a hair-raising horror story drawn from their own lives. No doubt in this present age of rape-happy torture porn and repetitive found footage flicks, a comic book styled throwback to the Amicus anthology films of the Sixties and Seventies seems downright quaint.
The main reason? This usually creates a winning situation for the viewer. Especially when the people behind the short stories created such memorable genre fare as Friday the 13th, Gremlins, and Altered States. Trapped Ashes begins as all good anthologies should:
Printer Friendly The Movie: There's a subgenre of horror films that involves anthologies. Such movies are often composed of several related short films strung together by a theme or a wraparound story.