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House of Wax

1953
Horror
1h 28m
A horribly disfigured sculptor opens up the House of Wax in New York, using the wax-covered bodies of his victims as his displays. And he's now set his eyes on his Marie Antoinette... (imdb)
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House of Wax

1953
Horror
1h 28m
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Rated 20 Sep 2013
75
65th
Oh shit we haven't done 3D gimmick shots, GET ME THE PADDLE BALL.
Rated 17 Mar 2012
60
43rd
Well, it's not a good movie. But it's a fun one. The concept is a little thin to be stretched into a feature-length film and it definitely felt like it here. It's mostly ignored, but there are a few unbelievably obnoxious scenes and shots obviously designed for 3D. You can easily see the film is influenced by other horror films, like Frankenstein (1931) and Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1931). Yeah, it's just a fun, silly (though maybe unintentionally so) horror movie.
Rated 20 Oct 2008
70
56th
Fun and creepy, but it drags.
Rated 29 May 2009
75
67th
Large swathes of this are corny as hell, which is expected, but there's a really refined sense of menace and dread running through the film.
Rated 25 Oct 2008
72
53rd
Great payoff, while the setup is slow and boring, it builds momentum throughout. Great underrated horror flick, with Price in my top 10 killers of all time after watching this.
Rated 24 Jun 2015
73
65th
Fantastic bookends, but everything in between seriously drags and weighs the film down. Price is still characteristically great.
Rated 21 Jul 2009
77
53rd
Not one of Price's best movies, but one of his more interesting roles. The film is pretty cheesy at times, but always very fun. The melting wax figures are genuinely unsettling.
Rated 21 Apr 2008
88
90th
Wonderful! Price is so creepy, and has so much adoration for his wax people. He's a man with goals, and your being alive just happens to be in the way of them. What a neat villain. The setup at the beginning takes a while, but the payoff is absolutely worth it. Really eerie and good.
Rated 01 Apr 2019
65
60th
Dated but entertaining proto-slasher established Price as a screen icon for sufficient reason: he is devilishly good at these hammy horror roles, and he is clearly having a ball here as a morbid and mysterious wax figure sculptor. The artificial nature of the set design works for it rather than against it, lending an almost surreal quality to the proceedings, and there is some moody lighting and creative staging that adds a sense of dynamism to its strangely sluggish rhythm.
Rated 31 Oct 2020
75
41st
Works best for much younger horror fans (& probably worked well in '53), but less so for adults who can see the big twist coming the minute Price returns. In fact, the whole 2nd half is a foregone conclusion & it's hard to be interested when you're waiting for the characters to figure out what you already know. There are some clever self-aware touches though & the first half works great as it sets up the story quickly & offers up 2 female characters that initially seem like more than victims
Rated 22 Oct 2021
70
54th
I think Corman was basically correct in his claim that he and Charles B. Griffith originated the black comedy as we've known it in American cinema since, but this was clearly a model for LITTLE SHOP & BUCKET OF BLOOD in its general outline and macabre humour, sometimes shocking for an early '50s studio film. Even the paddleball crap is totally self-aware, its presence at the premier used for winking at the gimmick and its novelty ("Once we're established, we won't need that sort of thing...").
Rated 29 Mar 2011
79
57th
The opening 15 minutes are magnificent and, while the rest of the film struggles to live up to them, Vincent Price is great and the sense of horror is very well done.
Rated 10 Oct 2013
70
53rd
Price was excellent.
Rated 12 Jul 2014
90
84th
Vincent Price is excellent in this classic horror film. There are some fun scenes obviously intended to show off the 3-D in the films original run. The set and the costumes are lovely. Nice use of color. This is one of the best horror films from the 1950s.
Rated 25 Jun 2024
53
21st
I didn't realize going into this that I was in for a THREEEE DEEEEE movie! But boy I sure did enjoy that paddleball sequence
Rated 30 Jun 2009
80
57th
Great movie, all the wax people were so creepy, and Price's performance was brilliant! There was suspense and action too. I really enjoyed this movie, and I recommend it.
Rated 28 Nov 2010
72
45th
Vincent Price: 95
Rated 23 Jun 2022
65
42nd
A truly horrific premise, but too camp in its presentation to be effective. Our disfigured antagonist is a cartoonish take on Phantom of the Opera; morbid topics are laughed about shortly after events transpire, and so bright is their merriment that it feels like parody. The score bounces around playfully, with any suspense themes more akin to Elmer Fudd sneaking up on Bugs Bunny. Having said that, I did enjoy it, and the final act exhibits a degree of tension with some effective use of lighting
Rated 06 Oct 2023
68
35th
Pretty fun, but feels a bit unfocused sometimes. Keeps jumping from more interesting to less interesting aspects.
Rated 11 Oct 2022
64
26th
Cinema is when the big 3D man tries to hit your popcorn with his paddleball.
Rated 04 May 2009
75
54th
Price hams it up with his usual elan. Bronson is his brain-damaged assistant.
Rated 01 Sep 2019
70
82nd
Anchored by a fantastic performance by Price as two halves of the same twisted coin, as well as solid work from the rest of the cast- particularly Kirk, Jones, & Lovejoy- it's more of a dark mystery than a straightforward horror, but that works in its favor & makes it all the more intriguing. An engaging plot, solid effects & a truly eerie atmosphere combine with goofy (but fun) fourth-wall breaks & self-aware moments to make a classic that still holds up 66 years later. Essential viewing.
Rated 03 Oct 2022
60
20th
It is a very watchable movie when Vincent Price is on screen, but immediately becomes exponentially less so when he isn't.
Rated 08 Oct 2018
66
45th
That man's sneeze at the end was the scariest part
Rated 14 Nov 2018
15
2nd
Few films are more undeserving of cult status than House of Wax, which can barely be called a horror film; there’s no creepiness at any stage, even with the legendary Price in the lead, and the story is pitifully simple and uninspired. Worse yet, the passing paddle-ball salesman employed as the sole showcase for the much-advertised 3-D effects is preposterously shameless in its incongruity.
Rated 29 Mar 2020
50
22nd
Pretty much exactly the same as the original except this one has Vincent Price.
Rated 30 Nov 2019
60
54th
watched: 2017
Rated 16 Aug 2019
43
17th
Pretty boring. Loved the colours of it tho. Vincent Price is like usual good stuff. Kinda wanna see the remake a lot more
Rated 12 Aug 2008
76
50th
Vincent Price tries his best with Phyllis Kirk but while an admirable attempt with nude Phyllis curling her toes in torment the madness of Atwill and the perfect victim of Wray just can't be captured again even with the aid of 3-D. Overall this flows better and does include a burlesque dance number and you can't go wrong with Price or tantalizing Phyllis so it's well worth the price of admission.
Rated 29 Nov 2008
81
78th
I was enthralled the entire way through, from the begining it set me up to be very entertained, and did not disappoint. Some great special effects and an awesome story.
Rated 14 Aug 2007
55
32nd
Creepy and campy, like most Vincent Price movies.
Rated 25 Jul 2011
76
49th
Contains the worst 3D gimmick (Paddleball Man haunts my dreams...), but also some legitimately terrifying imagery.
Rated 28 May 2015
75
45th
That climax is why I miss practical effects in horror movies.
Rated 17 Jun 2012
90
74th
Awesome
Rated 08 Mar 2009
4
0th
"The effects are done with playfulness, zest, and some imagination."
Rated 31 Oct 2010
4
56th
Silly fun.
Rated 30 Aug 2011
70
42nd
suç, cinayet, seri katil, tekerlekli sandalye (yeni yapimdan farkli bir film, filmde balmumu heykeltrasi arkadasinin sigortadan para alabilmek icin dükkanini kundaklamasindan sonra seri cinayetlere baslar. Bir süre sonra actigi sergide arkadasinin balmumu heykelini gören kadin durumu fark eder.) renkler çok güzel 53 yapimina göre, kesinlikle korku filmi degil, daha cok suc filmi.
Rated 02 Nov 2013
9
2nd
HOUSE OF PADDLE BALL!
Rated 30 May 2011
6
66th
Goofy but fun.
Rated 22 Oct 2017
70
27th
Considered a horror classic, but it barely held my attention.
Rated 29 Aug 2015
85
89th
The cinematography is more solid than stunning. There are some great shots, but in other they just go overboard and the whole thing is marred by shots that were supposed to look impressive in 3D but don't translate well to 2D. That aside; when it comes to plot, writing and not least characterization it is slightly dated here and there, but I would much rather slap the label of Horror Classic on this than on any of the Universal movies I've seen so far.
Rated 20 Apr 2014
83
75th
83.000
Rated 10 Jan 2009
43
29th
Films of the pre-60s are bad. They are sexist, the men are always ugly (why?) and annoying, they have torturing long talking scenes, cheesy music and a boring storyline. The only best thing about is the women -- Most are quite pretty. Btw, why is that the films in that age are always boring? I thank them, cos without them, there would've been no modern films.
Rated 26 Mar 2015
40
19th
Passes the time.
Rated 30 Sep 2008
75
72nd
Screw the remake, check this out instead
Rated 20 Feb 2015
74
63rd
Even more pulpy version of the 1933 original. Doesn't really add anything relevant but is overall more focused and cohesive. Vincent Price hams it up like a boss and is absolutely beautifully delicate in his insanity.
Rated 27 Mar 2010
40
17th
3D was as much a cancer on films 50 years ago as it is today. Heaps of pointless scenes that were clearly thrown in purely for their 3D effects that try and distract you from a weak plot that had a mildly interesting premise and set up. At least it has Vincent Price in it.
Rated 27 Apr 2013
72
63rd
vincent price earns almost every point i give this movie. enjoyed the hell out of it. just SLIGHTLY inferior to the original.
Rated 01 Apr 2007
80
68th
Vincent Price and murders. Groovy. Good even if you don't see it in 3-D

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