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Nightmare in Wax (1969)

M  -  Horror | Mystery | Sci-Fi  -  14 May 1969 (USA)
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The disfigured curator of a wax museum murders his enemies and then uses their bodies as exhibits in his museum.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Vincent Renard
Anne Helm ...
Marie Morgan
Scott Brady ...
Detective Haskell
Berry Kroeger ...
Max Black
Phillip Baird ...
Tony Deen
John 'Bud' Cardos ...
Sergeant Carver (as Johnny Cardos)
Hollis Morrison ...
James Forrest ...
Alfred Herman
Virgil Frye ...
Ralph Tenier
Mercedes Alberti ...
Barry Donohue ...
Ingrid Dittmar ...
Secretary (as Ingrid Dittman)
Maria Polo ...
Nurse (as Marie Polo)
Lucio Pineda ...


The disfigured curator of a wax museum murders his enemies and then uses their bodies as exhibits in his museum.

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Frozen into zombies... doomed to unbearable horrors! People puppets... at the mercy of a fiendish madman in a chamber of torture! See more »


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14 May 1969 (USA)  »

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Monster of the Wax Museum  »

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Alfred Herman: She's so lifelike.
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Better Than You Would Expect
1 June 2011 | by (Buffalo, New York) – See all my reviews

The career of Cameron Mitchell is fairly typical of a good, but second line actor after the collapse of the studio system. Left adrift they took work where they found it and Mitchell appeared in some awful films after the Fifties. Nightmare In Wax could be considered one of them, but the screenplay makes this film a camp delight with Mitchell leading an entire cast in an object lesson in overacting.

Cameron Mitchell is our protagonist in this film, he plays a former studio makeup artist who was burned and lost an eye as a result of an accident. He starts a Hollywood Wax Museum, but this man through a combination of drugs and hypnosis is using live subjects as his exhibits. He's planning revenge on those he felt wronged him. Scott Brady is a cop who suspects, but can't prove his involvement in the disappearance of some Hollywood notables.

Anne Helm is the girl Mitchell once loved, Berry Kroeger does a great caricature of a studio head, casting couch and all. Kroeger's latest squeeze is blond bimbo Victoria Carroll. Carroll in her own way gives the best performance in the film.

Nightmare In Wax is a fun black comedy, not to be taken seriously. It's hardly a great film, but far more enjoyable than I thought.

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