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House of Wax (1953) Poster

(1953)

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

During the elevator hanging scene, the sound of the char woman screaming is unmuffled, but on screen her mouth is covered.
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Character error 

Jarrod implies that corrupt French official Jean Paul Marat, when assassinated, was taking an ordinary bath. In fact, Marat was suffering from a tropical skin disease and being in water could ameliorate his suffering, so he spent most of his time in his bathtub.
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Prof. Jarrod tells how Anne Askew was tortured on suspicions of treason, and he erroneously says that she confessed. She was ultimately burned in 1546 because she would not confess.
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Profesor Jarrod said that William Kemmler was electrocuted on August 3rd, 1890, (it was a Monday). The correct date was Thursday, August 6th, 1890.
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After inspecting the wax Joan of Arc, Sue tells the police that she thinks it is her dead friend because the figure has only the right ear pierced. It is clear from the earlier scene that Sue only saw the figure's right ear, and could not have seen whether the left ear was pierced.
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Continuity 

When the character of Henry Jarrod first appears following the fire that disfigured him, he limps with one foot at an awkward angle but by the end of the picture when he's trying to elude the police he runs up the stairs with the agility of an athlete.
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When Sue is running down the street trying to get away from the disfigured man, you can see that her hair has come partly undone in the back, but when she enters the Andrews home only the hair in front is messed up, the rest of her hair is once again up in a bun and neat.
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During the opening fight scene, the use of stunt-doubles for Vincent Price and Roy Roberts is often obvious, especially since Roberts' coat is buttoned and his stunt-double's isn't.
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As Sue Allen is laying underneath the wax distributor in the basement of the wax museum, her expressions and movements change from shot to shot.
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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.
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Plot holes 

During the majority of the film Prof. Henry Jarrod (Vincent Price) looks normal and the skin of his face moves naturally. Near the end, when Sue Allen (Phyllis Kirk) strikes him in the face the wax mask he is wearing shatters, showing that it is hard and inflexible.
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Revealing mistakes 

During the fight scene between Henry Jarrod and his ex-business partner Matthew Burke, Burke grabs a flail and hurls it towards the camera. As the flail reaches the top of the screen, the camera shakes vertically for a moment. This is because the handle of the flail hit the top of the camera.
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When the original wax museum is on fire, wires can be seen pulling some of the wax figures down. The wire attached to the Joan of Arc figure is particularly evident, pulling it down at the end of the sequence.
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It's obvious that the "wax" in the cauldron is actually colored water - it doesn't congeal when it hits cooler surfaces, as real wax would do! Further, wax doesn't contain water and therefore, steam wouldn't rise from the surface. Hot wax doesn't put forth any vapor or the like...until it's overheated and begins to burn & smoke like other oil-based materials.
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Spoilers

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Audio/visual unsynchronised 

Prof. Henry Jarrod is heard screaming when he falls into the cauldron of boiling wax, but his mouth is closed during the fall.
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