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Dario Argento (story)
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4 April 1997 (Italy) See more »
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  (in credits order)

Robert Hossein ... Boris Volkoff

Romina Mondello ... 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
Giuseppina Lo Vetro ... Madama
Luca Memé ... Brothel Patron
Goffredo Unger ... Puppeteer
Stefania Fidotti ... Anna
Loretta Cester ... Girl in Waiting Room
Salvatore Cammuca ... Gypsy
Maia Asiride ... Madame's Girl (as Maria Asiride)
Ginevra Casini ... Madame's Girl
Caterina Cuomo ... Madame's Girl
Angela D'Ambra ... Madame's Girl
Federica Leuter ... Madame's Girl
Antonella Sannite ... Madame's Girl
Elena Marchesini ... Madame's Girl
Michela Paolucci ... Madame's Girl

Elisabetta Rocchetti ... Madame's Girl
Andreina Sirena ... Madame's Girl
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Omero Capanna ... (uncredited)

Directed by
Sergio Stivaletti 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Dario Argento  story
Lucio Fulci  screenplay
Lucio Fulci  story
Gaston Leroux  novel (uncredited)
Daniele Stroppa  screenplay
Daniele Stroppa  story

Produced by
Dario Argento .... producer
Giuseppe Colombo .... producer
Fulvio Lucisano .... producer
Original Music by
Maurizio Abeni 
Cinematography by
Sergio Salvati 
Film Editing by
Paolo Benassi 
Production Design by
Massimo Antonello Geleng 
Set Decoration by
Giacomo Calò Carducci 
Costume Design by
Stefania Svizzeretto 
Makeup Department
Bernadette Grampa .... key makeup artist
Benoît Lestang .... special makeup effects artist
Cristina Magliano .... assistant makeup artist
Barbara Morosetti .... special makeup effects artist
Bruno Benjamin Russ .... key hair stylist
Production Management
Tommaso Calevi .... production manager
Riccardo Folgore .... assistant unit manager
Cristina Romagnoli .... unit manager (as Christina Romagnoli)
Stefano Voltaggio .... post-production supervisor
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Giuseppe Cerabino .... second assistant director
Federica Ciciarelli .... assistant director
Simone Di Carlo .... assistant director
Charles Lahaye .... French unit director
Michele Salimbeni .... assistant director
Art Department
Tiziana Bonacchi .... props management
Giuseppe Cancellara .... property master
Franco De Masi .... set dresser
Francesca R. Di Nunzio .... sculptor
Laura Fiorucci .... props management
Antonella Fulci .... assistant art director
Maurizio Jacopelli .... property master
Paolo Jacopelli .... assistant props
Barbara Morosetti .... set dresser
Roberto Petroni .... assistant props
Giuseppe Quinizi .... assistant props
Francesca Romano Tomassini .... assistant set decorator
Fabio Unger .... set dresser
Sound Department
Paolo Amici .... sound effects editor
Fausto Ancillai .... sound mixer
Piero Fondi .... boom operator
Saverio Lancia .... sound effects editor
Riccardo Palmieri .... sound
Paolo Pucci .... sound effects editor
Daniele Quadroli .... sound effects editor
David Quadroli .... sound effects editor
Robert Rietty .... director of dialogue recording
Marco Streccioni .... sound engineer
Special Effects by
Daniel Auber .... animatronics (as Daniele Auber)
Mischa Koopman .... special effects assistant
Sergio Stivaletti .... special effects
Visual Effects by
Angelo Caruso .... digital film recording supervisor
Luciano Marzulli .... digital intermediate qc
Sergio Stivaletti .... computer graphics
Sergio Stivaletti .... sculptural effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Federico Angelucci .... second assistant camera
Massimiliano Anzellotti .... grip
Roberto Bagalá .... key grip
Albert Bonomi .... key grip: France
Franco Bruni .... camera operator
Giovanni Canevari .... Steadicam operator
Fabio Caramico .... grip
Franck Coquet .... gaffer: France
Patrizio Emidi .... grip
Sergio Gabrielli .... grip
Giovanni Maria Gambella .... electrician
Gianni Gentili .... electrician
Luciano Giusepponi .... grip
Jean-Francis Gondre .... camera operator: Paris (as Jean-François Gondre)
Carlo Lamoratta .... generator operator
Mario Lamoratta .... generator operator
Stefano Marino .... gaffer
Giuseppe Meloni .... electrician
Abdel Meziane .... generator operator: France
Luigi Pasqualini .... electrician
Valter Pavia .... grip
Jérôme Pezzini .... electrician: France
Claudio Pezzotti .... key grip
Pietro Plaia .... Steadicam operator
Marco Raimondi .... electrician
Sergio Rossi .... grip
Ivano Rugieri .... grip
Gianluca Terlizi .... electrician
Gianfranco Torinti .... first assistant camera
Severino Tramontani .... electrician
Franco Vitale .... still photographer
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bertilla Silvestrin .... wardrobe
Editorial Department
Flora Elisa Algeri Bricoli .... assistant editor
Letizia Caudullo .... assistant editor
Music Department
Roberto Bongiovanni .... music production assistant
Luca di Silverio .... soundtrack album producer
Other crew
Lorenzo Ciccorelli .... consultant (Italian version)
Rosaria Cilento .... script supervisor (as Maria Rosaria Cilento)
Massiliano Di Giuliani .... production assistant
Paolo Di Gravio .... financial consultant
Cristiano Di Meo .... production assistant
Giuseppe Gambella .... production assistant
Claudio Ionni .... production assistant
Benito Mancini .... production accountant
Corrado Mantoni .... production assistant
Aldo Massasso .... dubbing director
Giancarlo Mereschini .... production assistant
Annarosa Morri .... unit publicist: distribution
Mauro Nobili .... production assistant
Paolo Paggetta .... unit publicist: production
Luigi Parrillo .... caterer
Silvano Spoletini .... crowd scenes
Alain Tourriol .... production assistant: Paris
Lucio Fulci .... film dedicated to

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Additional Details

Also Known As:
"M.D.C. - Maschera di cera" - Italy (original title)
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98 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Argentina:16 | Finland:K-16 | Germany:18 | Germany:BPjM Restricted | Italy:VM18 (original rating) | Italy:VM14 (re-rating on appeal) | Netherlands:16 | Norway:16 (2005) (DVD rating) | Portugal:M/16 (video premiere) | Singapore:R(A) | South Korea:18 | Spain:18 | UK:18 (video premiere) | USA:Unrated

Did You Know?

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 »
Continuity: 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 »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Do You Remember Lucio Fulci? (2006) (V)See more »
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A good film, but could have been better..., 3 July 1999
Author: Kooblie-Gooblie from Chicago, lllinois, USA

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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