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The Wax Mask (1997)

M.D.C. - Maschera di cera (original title)
Unrated | | Horror | 4 April 1997 (Italy)
Paris, 1900: a couple are horribly murdered by a masked man with a metal claw who rips their hearts out. The sole survivor and witness to the massacre is a young girl. Twelve years later in... See full summary »

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Boris Volkoff
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Sonia Lafont
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Andrea Conversi
Gabriella Giorgelli ...
Aunt Francesca
Umberto Balli ...
Alex
Valery Valmond ...
Giorgina
Gianni Franco ...
Inspector Palazzi
Antonello Murru ...
Museum Caretaker
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Luca (as Daniele Auber)
Romano Iannelli ...
Pathologist
Rosa Pianeta ...
Anna's Mother
Sonia Topazio ...
Nurse
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Victor
Aldo Massasso ...
Inspector Lanvin
Sabrina Pellegrino ...
Elena
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Paris, 1900: a couple are horribly murdered by a masked man with a metal claw who rips their hearts out. The sole survivor and witness to the massacre is a young girl. Twelve years later in Rome a new wax museum is opened, whose main attractions are lifelike recreations of gruesome murder scenes. A young man bets that he will spend the night in the museum but is found dead the morning after. Soon, people start disappearing from the streets of Rome and the wax museum halls begin filling with new figures... Written by Giancarlo Cairella <vertigo@imdb.com>

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$3,000,000 (estimated)

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ITL 219,896,000 (Italy) (4 April 1997)
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Originally intended by Dario Argento as a Comeback for colleague (though not friend) Lucio Fulci. Unfortunately, only a few weeks before filming was about to begin, Fulci died and on short notice, the directing job was handed over to special effects expert Sergio Stivaletti. See more »

Goofs

At 1:04:12, Volkoff put a pin through the picture of Sonia he just clipped. Seven seconds later, as Alex watch him secretly through the door, he does exactly the same action with the pin. See more »

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References House of Wax (1953) See more »

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E lucevan le stelle
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from "Tosca"
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa & Luigi Illica
Music by Giacomo Puccini
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A good film, but could have been better...
3 July 1999 | by (Chicago, lllinois, USA) – See all my reviews

THE WAX MASK starts out promising enough with a group of police officers inspecting a grisly double murder on the eve of New Year's, but quickly spirals downward into your typical slasher film by the grand finale. Although the film is full of incredible sights and above-average special effects, the characters aren't quite structured enough to hold one's interest for more than a half hour. It is also the first 30 minutes of the movie that hold the best scares as a smartass brothel patron finds himself locked inside the wax museum on a dark and stormy night. Director Sergio Stivaletti took certain liberties with Gaston Leroux' original tale, but the outcome is somewhat refreshing. The mixture of both classic prosthetic make-up and computer generated effects is blended together seamlessly and leaves the audience with a new understanding of the classic tale "Terror in the Wax Museum." So aside from its faults, THE WAX MASK is a fun, spooky jaunt from those mad minds in Italy. If ever stuck inside on a dark and stormy night, this one may be right up your alley.


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