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House of Wax (1953)

Approved  |   |  Horror  |  25 April 1953 (USA)
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An associate burns down a wax museum with the owner inside, but he survives only to become vengeful and murderous.

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Frank Lovejoy ...
Det. Lt. Tom Brennan
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Sue Allen
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Cathy Gray
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Scott Andrews
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Matthew Burke
Angela Clarke ...
Mrs. Andrews
Paul Cavanagh ...
Sidney Wallace
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Sgt. Jim Shane
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Igor (as Charles Buchinsky)
Reggie Rymal ...
The Barker
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Professor Henry Jarrod is a true artist whose wax sculptures are lifelike. He specializes in historical tableau's such a Marie Antoinette or Joan of Arc. His business partner, Matthew Burke, needs some of his investment returned to him and pushes Jarrod to have more lurid exposes like a chamber of horrors. When Jarrod refuses, Burke set the place alight destroying all of his beautiful work in the hope of claiming the insurance. Jarrod is believed to have died in the fire but he unexpectedly reappears some 18 months later when he opens a new exhibit. This time, his displays focus on the macabre but he has yet to reproduce his most cherished work, Marie Antoinette. When he meets his new assistant's beautiful friend, Sue Allen, he knows he's found the perfect model - only unbeknown to anyone, he has a very particular way of making his wax creations. Written by garykmcd

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Release Date:

25 April 1953 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Wax Works  »

Box Office

Budget:

$658,000 (estimated)

Gross:

$23,750,000 (USA)
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The first 3-D color movie ever to be produced by a major American studio. Filming took only 33 days, (from Monday, January 19th, 1953 to Saturday, February 21st, 1953), for its release on Wednesday, April 9th, 1953. See more »

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When Sue enters the museum looking for Scott she leaves the door ajar but when Igor goes to lock it the door is shut. See more »

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Prof. Henry Jarrod: Everything I ever loved has been taken away from me , but not you my Marie Antoinette for I will give you eternal life.
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Battle Hymn of the Republic
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Music by William Steffe
Lyrics by Julia Ward Howe
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The greatest 3-D film of all time
13 April 2004 | by (Milwaukee, WI) – See all my reviews

House of Wax is a decent film without the three-dimensional effects, but it is a complete riot when viewed in the original 3-D, especially when we get to see the emcee in front of the theater. Vincent Price is at his creepy best in this film about a man who opens up a wax museum that has a secret as to why the figures look so life-like. This was the second time I had seen it in its original format, and I enjoyed it just as much this time, including its over the top melodrama and unbelievably dated dialogue. Do not miss this film if you can find it showing at a classic movie house, because it is extremely entertaining to experience.

--Shelly


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