House of Wax (Blu-ray)

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House of Wax tells the story of a group of friends who fall prey to a sinister plot while passing through a small town on their way to a college football game.Running Time: 113 min.Format: BLU-RAY DISC

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 203001456
UPC 012569828438
UPC 14 00012569828438
Format Blu-Ray DVD
Release Date 9/26/2006
Rating Rating
Keywords
Brothers
Classic
Murder
Psychos
Remake
Slasher
Teenagers
Theatrical Release
Editors Note
Note In this remake of the classic 1953 Andre de Toth film that starred Vincent Price, horrors abound in a creepy wax museum. A group of road-tripping Florida teenagers (Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, Paris Hilton, Robert Ri'chard, Jared Padalecki, and Jon Abrahams) stop to camp near a small town where an abandoned wax museum draws their curiosity. Upon exploring the scary cobwebbed space, they find that the figures are not only eerily lifelike, but that the entire museum--floor to ceiling--is actually made of wax. If that wasn't enough to scare them, they encounter a couple of very unsettling characters who seem to be the only people around for miles. One is a blood-splattered redneck who collects roadkill, dumping the bodies of dead deer into a fetid carcass swamp. The other is Bo (Brian Van Holt), a gas station attendant who lures the kids back to his house. Soon, through a series of stomach-turning slasher scenes featuring scissors, long knives, and even a pair of pliers, the teens get to know Bo a whole lot better. They even meet his insane brother Vincent (also played by Van Holt). Brief interludes of teen squabbling and a Hilton strip tease in red lace lingerie temporarily break the tension, but for the most part this HOUSE OF WAX stays the course with shockingly gory moments that earn grosser-than-gross status. Sick predilections involving an experimental surgical station and an elaborate wax-coating machine reveal Vincent's artistic process. But before the bloodbath is over, more twisted secrets about Bo and Vincent bubble to the surface, resulting in a spectacular grand finale and total meltdown.
Reviews
Sight and Sound "The effects-heavy, melting-house climax draws on both the 1953 HOUSE OF WAX and a surreal stairway in the first NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET..." 08/01/2005 p.53
Directors
Jaume Collet-Sera
Actors
Chad Michael Murray
Elisha Cuthbert
Cast & Crew
Brian Edmonds - Art Director
Bruce Berman - Executive Producer
Carey Hayes - Screenplay
Chad Hayes - Screenplay
Chad Michael Murray - Actor
Charles Belden - Based On Story By
Elisha Cuthbert - Actor
Graham "Grace" Walker - Production Designer
Jaume Collet-Serra - Director
Joel Negron - Editor
John Ottman - Original Music By
Jon Abrahams - Actor
Nicholas McCallum - Art Director
Paris Hilton - Actor
Robert Zemeckis - Producer
Stephen F. Windon - Cinematographer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 82843
UPC 00012569828438
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 113 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Widescreen  1.85:1
Awards
Nominee (2006) MTV Award, Paris Hilton, Best Frightened Performance
Reviews
ReviewSource ReelViews
Review I acknowledge that for the average horror film to work, it's necessary for the lead characters to do some illogical - and possible even idiotic - things. But, in a movie like this, there comes a point when the viewer goes beyond questioning the IQ of the protagonists and actively rooting for them to die so that they can't procreate and pass their genes to future offspring. Some stupidity on the part of the characters is fun - we can smirk at the director's use of familiar cliches. But when it's overdone, and when advancing the plot relies upon it, our smiles turn first into grimaces then into frowns. A horror movie can get away with a lot, but once it crosses a certain line, it is insulting to viewers. House of Wax crosses that line. In a way, that's too bad, because it has some of the other requisite element to make it an enjoyably bloody horror experience.
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Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 6
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The Dead Teenager Movie has grown up. The characters in "House of Wax" are in their 20s and yet still repeat the fatal errors of all the "Friday the 13th" kids who checked into Camp Crystal Lake and didn't check out...In "House of Wax," two carloads of college students leave Gainesville for a big football game in Baton Rouge, and take an ominous detour along the way, leading them into what looks like the Texas Chainsaw Theme Park. "This town is not even on the GPS!" says one of the future Dead Post-Teenagers...Where the movie excels is in its special effects and set design. Graham "Grace" Walker masterminds a spectacular closing sequence in which the House of Wax literally melts down, and characters sink into stairs, fall through floors and claw through walls. There is also an eerie sequence in which a living victim is sprayed with hot wax and ends up with a finish you'd have to pay an extra four bucks for at the car wash.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 6
Features
Widescreen, Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, Dolby Digital (5.1), English, French, Spanish, Subtitled
Product Attributes
Actor Hilton,Paris
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format Blu-ray DVD
Video Format Blu-Ray
Quotes
Benjamin Strong, The Village Voice Discomfortingly gratuitous even by slasher standards.
Chuck Thomas, KWBP-TV Wickedly terrifying!
Prairie Miller, Long Island Press Hot, sexy, deliciously creepy horror.

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