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Trapped Ashes

Directed by Joe Dante, Ken Russell, Monte Hellman, Sean S. Cunningham and John Gaeta
Cast: John Saxon, Henry Gibson, Jayce Bartok, Amelia Cooke, Lara Harris, Ryo Ishibashi
USA / Japan / Canada, 2006, 105m


Thursday, August 15 - 7pm at Roxie Film Center

Our Closing Night Gala presentation is a very fitting end to this Festival. Five of Hollywood's most unique directors join forces to craft four weird, wonderful and perverse tales of the fantastic. Join us on the tour of a lifetime, as we visit Hollywood's historic Ultra Studios. A group of strangers receive mysterious VIP tour invitations to the backlot, and they convince the tour guide to let them onto Studio property: big mistake that turns out to be. They and are trapped inside an infamous Satanic "House of Horror." The only way to get out is to tell terrifying, personal stories.

Trapped Ashes is a stylistic celluloid explosion of surreal, erotic, bizarre and beautiful tales. This affectionate modernization of, and a loving tribute to classic anthology films like Kwaidan, Dead of Night, Tales from the Crypt, The House that Dripped Blood and Dr. Terror's House of Horrors. Joe Dante (Gremlins, The Howling) is our host; the ever-provocative Ken Russell (Altered States, Tommy, The Devils), takes a stab at the breast augmentation industry with unexpected results; Sean S. Cunningham (Friday the 13th) leads us on a partially animated, erotic trip into Japanese Hell; indie icon Monte Hellman (Two Lane Blacktop, Cockfighter) introduces us to Stanly, a young genius filmmaker and his new girlfriend - the woman who may have shaped his entire career; and John Gaeta (an Oscar-winner for The Matrix) explores the miracle of birth. Hellman's sequence premiered at the Cannes Film Festival and the entire anthology premiered at the 2006 Toronto International Film Festival.

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