House of Wax
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House of Wax

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Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

Cast: Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray

     
 

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A bunch of college students are stranded in a small town where suffering for art takes on a whole new meaning in this tale of terror. Carly (Elisha Cuthbert) and her boyfriend, Wade (Jared Padalecki), have hit the road with a handful of their friends to attend a championship college football game; tagging along with them are Carly's bratty friend Paige (Paris Hilton,… See more details below

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A bunch of college students are stranded in a small town where suffering for art takes on a whole new meaning in this tale of terror. Carly (Elisha Cuthbert) and her boyfriend, Wade (Jared Padalecki), have hit the road with a handful of their friends to attend a championship college football game; tagging along with them are Carly's bratty friend Paige (Paris Hilton, Carly's trouble-making twin brother Nick (Chad Michael Murray), and Blake (Robert Ri'chard), Paige's latest boy toy. While camping out for the night, the gang makes the mistake of getting on the wrong side of a mysterious local redneck, and the next morning they discover that Wade's car no longer works. As the others continue on to the big game, Carly and Wade make their way into the closest town, Ambrose, and discover it's all but deserted, except for a local tourist attraction, the House of Wax. However, it isn't long before they find out why the wax sculptures at the museum look so freakishly real, and discover a pair of murderous brothers are keen on making them part of the next exhibit. House of Wax is an in-name-only remake of the well-remembered 1953 3-D horror outing starring Vincent Price, which was in turn based on the 1933 picture Mystery of the Wax Museum.

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Editorial Reviews

All Movie Guide - Jeremy Wheeler
Dark Castle's fifth foray into the horror business brings a healthy dose of inventively cruel killings to the big screen, but not without infuriating and downright belittling its audience thanks to an idiotic ensemble of hot teens that serve as the film's waxy fodder. Funny enough, the worst thing about House of Wax isn't Paris Hilton! As amazing as it might sound, the wealthy Hollywood dish isn't the acting train wreck you'd expect her to be, while her glorious death should definitely please all of the haters out there (thus the promotional shirts with "Watch Paris Die" emblazoned on them). No, the thing that cripples this rehashed remake is the rest of the dummies that litter the plot. There's nothing wrong with flirting with horror clichés, but there's a maddening sense of "What are you thinking?" that plagues almost every main character as soon as they split off from the pack. Now the upside of this is the genuine pleasure you get in seeing all of them die horrible deaths, but there's little excuse for forcing the audience to put up with these horny twits for over half of the movie just to dish out a few bloody payoffs afterward. Being a slasher devote is one thing, but you get the idea that the filmmakers (including producers Robert Zemeckis and Joel Silver) are just plain lazy and banking on the late scares to carry the film. That said, there are a few fine aspects to the production; namely the art deco-inspired production design and the downright torturous glee that is delivered in the numerous nasty moments in the picture. Commercial veteran Jaume Collet-Serra makes his big-screen debut here and does a fair job of delivering the scares and popcorn fun, though he's obviously shackled with laborious pacing problems thanks to the subpar script. The scare flick also suffers from an overload of unnecessary musical choices that serve little purpose other than to highlight worthless rap
ock tracks from various Warner Bros. music labels featured on the soundtrack. Despite all of this, House of Wax is still easily the best Dark Castle film to date, and its fiery finale proves to be far more satisfying than the company's previous overblown CG endings (see 2002's Ghost Ship for the sad and horrible proof).

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Product Details

Release Date:
09/26/2006
UPC:
0012569828438
Original Release:
2005
Rating:
R
Source:
Warner Home Video
Presentation:
[Wide Screen]
Sound:
[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
Time:
1:53:00
Sales rank:
12,704

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Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Elisha Cuthbert Carly
Chad Michael Murray Nick
Brian Van Holt Bo,Vincent
Paris Hilton Paige
Jared Padalecki Wade
Jon Abrahams Dalton
Robert Ri'chard Blake
Damon Herriman Roadkill Driver
Dragitsa Debert Trudy Sinclair
Thomas Adamson Young Bo
Murray Smith Dr. Sinclair
Sam Harkess Young Vincent
Andy Anderson Sheriff
Bruce Harvey Conductor

Technical Credits
Jaume Collet-Serra Director
Alex Alvarez Costumes/Costume Designer
Mary Gail Artz Casting
Sue Baldwin Stunts
Melissa Barker Stunts
Axel Bartz Set Decoration/Design
Charles S. Belden Original Story
Bruce Berman Executive Producer
Bruce Bright Special Effects
Bradd Buckley Stunts
Barbara Cohen Casting
Jamie Crooks Asst. Director
Stephen Daddow Stunts
Nicole Downes Stunts
Herbert W. Gains Executive Producer
Greg "Mango" Gilbert Camera Operator
David Grasso Makeup Special Effects
Simon Harding Camera Operator
Steve Harman Stunts
Richard Harrison Set Decoration/Design
Carey Hayes Screenwriter
Chad Hayes Screenwriter
K.N.B. EFX Group Makeup Special Effects
Ian "Hood" Kenny Asst. Director
Susan Levin Producer
Rick MacClure Stunts
Nicholas McCallum Art Director
Maree McDonald Makeup
Tom McSweeney Casting
Richard Mirisch Co-producer
Jacob Moana Stunts
Joel Negron Editor
David Nimmo Set Decoration/Design
Ben Nott Camera Operator
Erik Olsen Associate Producer
John Ottman Score Composer
Victor Parascos Stunts
Graham Purcell Costumes/Costume Designer
Steve Richards Executive Producer
Wade Savage Asst. Director
Andy Schoneberg Makeup Special Effects
Joel Silver Producer
Marc Spicer Camera Operator
Darko Tuscan Stunts
Annette Van Moorsel Stunts
Mick Van Moorsel Stunts
Ron Vreeken Stunts
Graham "Grace" Walker Production Designer
Mark Wareham Cinematographer
Kevin Wasner Makeup Special Effects
Paula Whiteway Set Decoration/Design
Stephen F. Windon Cinematographer
Robert Zemeckis Producer

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B-roll and bloopers video cast commentary; From location: Joel Silver reveals 'House of Wax' ; Wax on: the design of House of Wax; The house built on wax: the visual effects of House of Wax; Alternate opening: Jennifer killed ; Gag reel; Theatrical trailer

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