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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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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Hossein ...
Boris Volkoff
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Sonia Lafont
Riccardo Serventi Longhi ...
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
Massimo Vanni ...
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 »

Soundtracks

La donna è mobile
(uncredited)
from "Rigoletto"
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
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An unexceptional Italian Gothic horror.
10 September 2008 | by (Hampshire, England) – See all my reviews

That old chestnut, the creepy wax museum, is the setting for this preposterous Gothic movie written by two of Italian horror's most renowned directors, Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci, and helmed by talented FX make-up man Sergio Stivaletti.

A remake (of sorts) of the 1933 film Mystery of the Wax Museum, in which a disfigured lunatic populates his museum with the wax-coated corpses of his victims, Stivaletti's debut as director is atmospheric, gory, looks great (proving that he has been paying attention whilst providing the splatter for others), and features a couple of very hot actresses who are happy to flip out their breasts; however, the acting is poor and the story nonsensical, and, ultimately, the film fails to impress as much as it might have, given the pedigree of its creators.

Stivaletti does manage to conjure up a few memorable scenes (including a creepy attack on a sleeping girl, and a brutal and bloody murder sequence which sees a hand being snapped off, a throat cut and a heart being torn out), but for every good moment, there is an equally bad one. The film ends in a particularly dreadful manner, with one character becoming a seemingly indestructible Terminator-style monster, and the wax museum being burnt to the ground by some really cheap looking CGI.

5.5 out of 10, rounded up to 6 for IMDb.


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