House of Wax

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A group of friends on their way to a college football game falls prey to a pair of murderous brothers in an abandoned small town. They discover that the brothers have expanded upon the area's main attraction-the house of wax- and created an entire town filled with the wax-coated corpses of unlucky visitors.

Specifications

Studio Warner
SKU 40722100
UPC 085393894627
UPC 14 00085393894627
Format DVD
Release Date 5/15/2007
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 Van Holt - Actor
Bruce Berman, et. al. - Executive Producer
Chad Hayes, et. al. - Screenplay
Chad Michael Murray - Actor
Charles Belden - Story By
Elisha Cuthbert - Actor
Graham Walker - Production Designer
Jaume Collet-Serra - Director
Joel Negron - Editor
John Ottman, et. al. - Original Music By
Paris Hilton - Actor
Stephen F. Windon - Cinematographer
Susan Levin, et. al. - Producer
Technical Info
Original Release Date 2005
Catalog ID 38946
UPC 00085393894627
Number of Discs 1
Running Time 113 minutes
Color Color
Original Language English
Available Subtitles English, French, Spanish
Available Audio Tracks English [CC], English, French Dubbed, Spanish Dubbed
Aspect Ratio
Pan and Scan (TV Format)  1.33:1 [4:3]
Reviews
ReviewSource James Berardinelli's 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.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer James Berardinelli
ReviewRating 5
ReviewSource Chicago Sun-Times
Review The early reviewers have been harsh with Miss Hilton ("so bad she steals the show," says The Hollywood Reporter), but actually she is no better or worse than the typical Dead Post-Teenager, and does exactly what she is required to do in a movie like this, with all the skill, admittedly finite, that is required. House of Wax is not a good movie but it is an efficient one, and will deliver most of what anyone attending House of Wax could reasonably expect, assuming it would be unreasonable to expect very much.
ReviewDate
ReviewPage
Reviewer Roger Ebert
ReviewRating 4
Features
DVD, Pan and Scan (TV Format), Aspect Ratio 1.85:1, English, French, Spanish, Subtitled, Slip Sleeve
Product Attributes
Actor Hilton,Paris
Label Warner Home Video
Music Format DVD
Video Format DVD
Quotes
Benjamin Strong, The Village Voice Discomfortingly gratuitous even by slasher standards.
Chicago Sun-Times Wax drips with tension.
Chuck Thomas, KWBP-TV Wickedly terrifying!
Prairie Miller, Long Island Press Hot, sexy, deliciously creepy.

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