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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

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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)

Opening Weekend:

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

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 »


Soundtracks

E lucevan le stelle
(uncredited)
from "Tosca"
Libretto by Giuseppe Giacosa & Luigi Illica
Music by Giacomo Puccini
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Love the music
26 July 2003 | by (Finland) – See all my reviews

While I agree with most of the other comments here - that the film has a lot of potential but unfortunately doesn't quite live up to it - I would like to mention that I really like the soundtrack for this film. Composed by Maurizio Abeni, it could be called "romantic horror film music". That is, very dramatic, melodically rich. It sounds a bit like Ennio Morricone and Danny Elfman put together. I feel the music brought a whole new dimension to the film. Without it, I would have shrugged the movie off as yet another horror flick.

For those who have frustrated themselves trying to order the CD from Amazon com, try Googling around. There are some retailers in Europe that sell it. I got mine from discPLUS.ch.


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