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House of Wax

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Director: Jaume Collet-Serra, Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, Brian Van Holt

Cast: Jaume Collet-Serra, Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, Brian Van Holt


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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,


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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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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[Dolby AC-3 Surround Sound]
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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

Scene Index

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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House of Wax 2.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 14 reviews.
Anonymous More than 1 year ago
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Guest More than 1 year ago
I don't care what anyone says. This movie is awful! EVERYONE in it is a horrible actor, not just Paris Hilton! Oh, and the gore's not that bad. So, don't rent it, definately don't buy it, and if you get it as a present, punch the person in the face and flush the disc down the toilet!
Guest More than 1 year ago
SCENERIO: It's pretty late and your kind of bored so you ask a close friend if they want to go and watch a horror movie, they suggest “House of Wax” and you’re slightly intrigued as to whether or not a certain jet-setting socialite can actually act. So you go along to the cinema, buy your overpriced popcorn and your regular coke despite having asked for diet and you settle down with your friend knowingly surrounded by couples to watch what you expect will be a pretty crappy movie...............As the credits role up instead of a frown on your face you end up with a smile. “House of Wax” is surprisingly watchable and it’s exceedingly creepy and horrific in many parts. The sheer grotesque images of human flesh-manufactured wax sculptures as well as the excruciating process of "wax manufacturing" evokes tingling chills down your spine that is hardly gratifying, yet these elements are sufficiently scary enough for a worthy "shriek". This movie had everything you could possibly want in a TEEN slasher horror film. Surely enough, "Wax’s" respect in the originality department is destitute, as its entire premise has been recycled and burned into wax many times over, almost mimicking exactly "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre". Yet despite its campy nature, clichéd material, and inept acting, there's enough to be said of this movie for delivering its fair share of spine-tingling terror and jaw-dropping carnage that makes for a fairly effective horror with some truly horrific elements. You will probably avoid this movie because of Paris Hilton but her acting is up to standard with the rest of the cast as well. If I could give you one reason to watch this movie it would be because it's scary, suspenseful and graphic if I could give you another reason it would be to laugh at the way Paris runs (like Tinkerbel on acid). “House of Wax” transcends the "teen slasher" genre and actually looms some chilling, gory horror.
Suesie More than 1 year ago
Really... that was about it... watching her die made me very happy.... the rest of the movie.... waste.... of.... time....
Guest More than 1 year ago
This the the type of movie u take ur girlfriend to see, Not a movie to be scared, i thought it would be but i got very disapointed.It was why to sterotypiacul.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I was very surprised after seeing this because it ended up being an awesome movie. I thought this was going to be very dumb, but this movie was full of surprises and there was plenty of violence. The ending of this movie is awesome, very creative.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Far from disappointing the teenage fans who flock to new-age horror films, "House of Wax" has everything that its target audience would expect: a high-profile cast, relentless gore, and synthesized music. When I went to see the film the first time, I was so disgusted by the gore that I walked out just as Paris Hilton's character was being chased away from her tent. However, when I gave it a second chance and stuck it out for the duration of the entire feature, I realized that my first judgment was too hasty and critical. The film, while not fulfilling to picky classic horror fans, has its merits, and although I am a seasoned and somewhat desensitized horror buff, I found myself gripping the arms of my seat more than once while watching it. The film definitely has a fantastic set, some creative and dark music with a good motif to establish the tone of the film, and a coldly determined (if slightly cliché) killer. The gore was a little much for me, and it is DEFINITELY NOT for the weak of stomach (e.g. snipped Achilles' tendon, etc.)! However, those artistic audiences who appreciate some fine work with light and shadow, as well as those cosmopolitan audiences who like the bizarre camera work of Japanese thrillers, will enjoy many of the sequences in this film. It employs the same optical illusions established by light and color that many other horror films do to establish a menacing image for the predator and a desperate one for its prey (for reference, watch the 2004 remake of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre" -- it does a spectacular job of this). The biggest turnoff for me was the fact that it was unoriginal and derivative, borrowing ideas and techniques from several other horror films. For example, a certain death sequence (which details I'll withhold for those who want to enjoy the surprises of the film for themselves) involving a tent and a campground just reeked of "Friday the 13th," a saga that I loathe. And the film's use of a warehouse littered with the belongings of past victims seemed to be a mashed composite of "Nightmare on Elm Street" and "Wrong Turn," the latter of which took many themes directly from "Deliverance." Finally, of course, I mention the obvious credit owed to the 1953 original "House of Wax," without which idea of encasing bodies in wax this film would have no horror premise. Despite all these derivations, though, I was fascinated by the history, secrets, and twists of the town, as well as an ending which is best described by the words "awesome" and "kick-a*s!" Overall, "House of Wax" is entertaining and thrilling -- perfect Friday night fun -- but it leaves some elements to be desired by horror aficionados.
transformersgal More than 1 year ago
The movie wasn't really anything. It wasn't scary, it wasn't funny. The acting was okay ... not so much, really. Like I said before, the movie wasn't really anything, it was a waste of my time.
Guest More than 1 year ago
House of Wax is my favorite movie of all times. If you haven't watched it you should.
Guest More than 1 year ago
When I saw the preview for this movie, I said to myself, 'you know it's going to be the worst movie ever, so DON'T go and see it. But of course I couldn't help myself, and to tell you the truth it wasn't as bad as it could have been. Though the acting is dismal, you're still able to get somewhat into the movie.Paris Hilton's performance was pretty good, and her death scene was awesome. In fact the gore and special effects might have been the best thing in the movie.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this movie is scary but also you want to keep watching it no matter how scary it is!
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