House of Wax

House of Wax

Jaume Collet-Serra (2004)

108min
15 Certificate
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Review

Our Score
This knowing chiller has been called by the film-makers a "re-imagining" of the 1953 classic, but, except for its central premise, it has little in common with the Vincent Price movie. Instead, producers Joel Silver and Robert Zemeckis combine their commercial efficiency with the music video background of debut director Jaume Collet-Serra to deliver a formulaic yet surprisingly effective horror. All the genre clichés are present and correct as Elisha Cuthbert (TV's 24) and college pals (socialite Paris Hilton among them) fall prey to a sadistic killer in a remote town dominated by a mysterious wax museum. Though convention dictates they get picked off one by one, the enjoyment is in the imaginative and ultra-gory methods of dispatch. You'll squeal with either fright or dark laughter at how realistic everything looks, and, Plastic Hilton aside, even the acting is serviceable. The result is a throwaway project that's simply good fun.

Summary

Five teenagers on a road trip are forced to make an unscheduled stop because of car trouble. Unluckily for them, the small town they end up in boasts a bizarre tourist attraction in the form of a sinister wax museum with a terrifying secret. Horror, starring Elisha Cuthbert, Jared Padalecki, Chad Michael Murray and Paris Hilton.

Cast & Crew

Carly Jones Elisha Cuthbert
Nick Jones Chad Michael Murray
Bo / Vincent Brian Van Holt
Paige Paris Hilton
Wade Jared Padalecki
Dalton Chapman Jon Abrahams
Blake Robert Ri'chard
Roadkill driver Damon Herriman
Trudy Sinclair Dragitsa Debert
Dr Sinclair Murray Smith
Director Jaume Collet-Serra
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: Warner BrosGuidance: May be edited for language and violence.Available on: DVD and Blu-rayReleased on: 27 May 2005
Drama