HOUSE OF WAX
Disgusting, Unwatchable Images
Release Date: May 06, 2005
Starring: Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael
Murray, Brian Van Holt, Paris
Hilton, and Jared Padalecki
Audience: Teenagers and young adults
Rating: R for horror violence, some
sexual content and language
Runtime: 100 minutes
Distributor: Warner Bros.
Director: Jaume Serra
Executive Producer: Bruce Berman, Polly Cohen,
Herb Gains, and Steve Richards
Producer: Susan Levin, Joel Silver, and
Writer: Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes
Address Comments To:Barry M. Meyer, Chairman/CEO
Warner Bros., Inc.
4000 Warner Blvd.
Burbank, CA 91522-0001
Phone: (818) 954-6000
After exploring the deserted House of Wax, which was once a tourist attraction, Carly and her boyfriend, Wade, find a friendly gas station attendant who can help fix their car. It does not take long, however, before the attendant is revealed to be a madman who murders Wade and traps Carly. Their friends come looking for them, and the cast is thinned out quickly.
With their special country charm and Oedipal obsessions, the killers equally suggest Anthony Perkins’s hotel clerk in PSYCHO and the mountain people from DELIVERANCE. Learning Vincent the murderer’s motivations is interesting in a campy horror movie sense, but watching him work over his victims is horrifying and disgusting. The gore in this movie is way over the top, and the camera rarely cuts away.
It seems that there is currently a rash of horror filmmakers locked in a race to dream up the most vile, in-your-face murders imaginable. The results of their unofficial contest, splayed on your local theater’s screens, are highly disturbing. Movies like KILL BILL 2, DAWN OF THE DEAD, and SIN CITY turned up the heat, but HOUSE OF WAX boils over with disgusting, unwatchable images.
The characters are flat, two-dimensional, and not cunning enough to find their way out of a corn maze. The script is lifeless and seems to have been written by a middle-aged man imitating teenagers (the truest tip-off comes when these coeds repeatedly ask, “What’s his beef?”). Truly, the only content in HOUSE OF WAX is the slayings.
With so many forms of escapist entertainment available, it’s puzzling – and very disheartening – that people choose to see sociopathic movies like this one. Fans of the 1950s version of HOUSE OF WAX with Vincent Price will be outraged by Modern Hollywood’s mindless theft of a great title.
Learning the murderer’s motivations is interesting in a campy horror movie way, but watching him work over his victims is horrifying and disgusting. The gore in this movie is repugnant, making HOUSE OF WAX boil over with unwatchable images. The characters are flat, two-dimensional, and not cunning enough to find their way out of a corn maze. Truly, the only content in HOUSE OF WAX is the slayings. With so many forms of escapist entertainment available, it’s very disheartening that people choose to see sociopathic movies like this.