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The Wax Mask (1997)
"M.D.C. - Maschera di cera" (original title)

 -  Horror  -  4 April 1997 (Italy)
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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... 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
Daniel Auber ...
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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Storyline

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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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

ITL 219,896,000 (Italy) (4 April 1997)

Gross:

ITL 579,919,000 (Italy) (18 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 »

Connections

Referenced in Dario Argento: An Eye for Horror (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

E lucevan le stelle
(uncredited)
from "Tosca"
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa & Luigi Illica
Music by Giacomo Puccini
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Gothic horror is not dead...
1 September 2000 | by (Port Seton, Scotland) – See all my reviews

There are so many things to recommend about this movie. The storyline is an excellent reworking of two old horror classics 'The Wax Museum' & 'House of Wax', bringing a modern feel to a retro plot. The gore, as ever in Italian horror, is abundant but doesn't ruin the overall effect of the film (it was released uncut here in the UK, which was an unexpected treat). The acting is also OK (for a dubbed film). Overall it's an excellent gothic horror movie, and you don't get many of those anymore. A fitting tribute to Lucio Fulci (who was all set to direct it before his untimely death).


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