MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Up 64 this week

House of Wax (2005)

 -  Horror | Thriller  -  6 May 2005 (USA)
5.3
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.3/10 from 78,603 users   Metascore: 41/100
Reviews: 565 user | 221 critic | 36 from Metacritic.com

A group of unwitting teens are stranded near a strange wax museum and soon must fight to survive and keep from becoming the next exhibit.

Director:

Writers:

(story), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Editors' Spotlight

IMDb at Comic-Con 2014

Follow our coverage of Comic-Con 2014, direct from San Diego July 23-27 in our Comic-Con section.


User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 37 titles
created 13 Apr 2011
 
a list of 31 titles
created 14 Apr 2011
 
a list of 25 titles
created 20 Jan 2012
 
a list of 37 titles
created 2 months ago
 

Related Items

Search for "House of Wax" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: House of Wax (2005)

House of Wax (2005) on IMDb 5.3/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of House of Wax.
5 wins & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Wrong Turn I (2003)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

Six people find themselves trapped in the woods of West Virginia, hunted down by "cannibalistic mountain men grossly disfigured through generations of in-breeding."

Director: Rob Schmidt
Stars: Eliza Dushku, Jeremy Sisto, Emmanuelle Chriqui
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

A suburban American family is being stalked by a group of psychotic people who live in the desert, far away from civilization.

Director: Alexandre Aja
Stars: Ted Levine, Kathleen Quinlan, Dan Byrd
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A group of National Guard trainees find themselves battling against a vicious group of mutants on their last day of training in the desert.

Director: Martin Weisz
Stars: Daniella Alonso, Jacob Vargas, Michael Bailey Smith
The Ruins (2008)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A group of friends whose leisurely Mexican holiday takes a turn for the worse when they, along with a fellow tourist embark on a remote archaeological dig in the jungle, where something evil lives among the ruins.

Director: Carter Smith
Stars: Shawn Ashmore, Jena Malone, Jonathan Tucker
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

After picking up a traumatized young hitchhiker, five friends find themselves stalked and hunted by a deformed chainsaw-wielding killer and his family of equally psychopathic killers.

Director: Marcus Nispel
Stars: Jessica Biel, Jonathan Tucker, Andrew Bryniarski
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

On one last road trip before they're sent to serve in Vietnam, two brothers and their girlfriends get into an accident that calls their local sheriff to the scene. Thus begins a terrifying experience where the teens are taken to a secluded house of horrors, where a young, would-be killer is being nurtured.

Director: Jonathan Liebesman
Stars: Jordana Brewster, Matt Bomer, Diora Baird
The Reaping (2007)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.7/10 X  

A former Christian missionary, who specializes in debunking religious phenomena, investigates a small town which seems to be suffering from the 10 biblical plagues.

Director: Stephen Hopkins
Stars: Hilary Swank, David Morrissey, AnnaSophia Robb
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.8/10 X  

After a teenager has a terrifying vision of him and his friends dying in a plane crash, he prevents the accident only to have Death hunt them down, one by one.

Director: James Wong
Stars: Devon Sawa, Ali Larter, Kerr Smith
Sorority Row (2009)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.1/10 X  

A group of sorority sisters try to cover up the death of their house-sister after a prank gone wrong, only to be stalked by a serial killer.

Director: Stewart Hendler
Stars: Briana Evigan, Rumer Willis, Carrie Fisher
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Set a few days after the original, a championship basketball team's bus is attacked by The Creeper, the winged, flesh-eating terror, on the last day of his 23-day feeding frenzy.

Director: Victor Salva
Stars: Jonathan Breck, Ray Wise, Nicki Aycox
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Survivors of a suspension-bridge collapse learn there's no way you can cheat Death.

Director: Steven Quale
Stars: Nicholas D'Agosto, Emma Bell, Arlen Escarpeta
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.2/10 X  

When Kimberly has a violent premonition of a highway pileup she blocks the freeway, keeping a few others meant to die, safe...Or are they? The survivors mysteriously start dying and it's up to Kimberly to stop it before she's next.

Director: David R. Ellis
Stars: A.J. Cook, Ali Larter, Tony Todd
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
...
...
...
...
...
...
Dragicia Debert ...
Trudy Sinclair (as Dragitsa Debert)
Thomas Adamson ...
Murray Smith ...
Sam Harkess ...
...
...
Edit

Storyline

Six friends are on their way to a football game. They decide to camp out for the night and continue driving the next day. The next day the friends find that they're having car troubles, so two of the friends accept a stranger's ride into a small town named Ambrose. The main attraction in Ambrose is the House of Wax. Except something is not right in this town, the wax figures are so realistic and the whole town is deserted - except for two murderous twin brothers. The six friends must fight to survive and escape from being the next exhibits in the House of Wax. Written by Nicky

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Prey. Slay. Display. See more »

Genres:

Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence, some sexual content and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

|

Language:

Release Date:

6 May 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Wax House, Baby  »

Filming Locations:

 »

Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$604,170 (Australia) (15 July 2005)

Gross:

$1,293,475 (Australia) (29 July 2005)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Jeff Celentano was once rumored to direct the film. See more »

Goofs

When Bo picks up the glue to silence Carly, her hair is on her face in front of her eyes and she is looking up. In the next shot, her hair is off her face and she is looking forward. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Trudy Sinclair: You are being such a good boy. Would you like some more cereal, sweetheart? Here you go.
See more »

Crazy Credits

Random letters in the end credits of the movie begin to melt down from the screen as they appear. Also, some pairs of letters are joined, just like Bo and Vincent when they were born. See more »

Connections

Spoofed in See Paris Die! (2005) See more »

Soundtracks

I've Written A Letter To Daddy
Written by Henry Tobias, Moe Jaffe, Larry Vincent and Frank De Vol
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Home Sweet Home
9 May 2005 | by (CT) – See all my reviews

I do not think I am alone when I say that 2005 has not been particularly kind to the horror genre. While "Cursed", "Hide and Seek", "The Ring Two", and "The Amityville Horror" all showed glimpses of interest and potential, there have been more misses than hits. For proof, see: "White Noise", "Boogeyman", "The Jacket", "Mindhunters", and "Alone in the Dark". Imagine my surprise when "House of Wax", tightly written by siblings Chad and Carey Hayes, turned out to be... well, a surprise.

Carly Jones (Elisha Cuthbert) is a young woman, traveling with her trouble-making brother, Nick (Chad Michael Murray), and boyfriend, Wade (Jared Padalecki). They are, along with Paige (Paris Hilton), Blake (Robert Ri'chard), and Dalton (Jon Abrahams), hoping to score tickets to the final football game of the season. Along the way, they run into some car trouble, and are forced to enter a desolate town where nothing is what it appears to be.

Upon hearing of this, a remake of the classic Vincent Price B-movie, I rolled my eyes. I did not even want to think about what disaster freshman director Jaume Serra had cooked up for his audience. In a time when most high-profile horror films are disappointments, latent with bad writing, static direction, and amateur acting, I consider myself lucky that Serra and the Hayes brothers took it upon themselves to make a good, old-fashioned, spook fest. Unlike the disappointments that I named before, this flick pulls no punches, and uses every cinematic trick in the book to give everyone exactly what they came for.

I am happy that the Hayes' actually took the time and effort to create likable and believable characters, thus making the events that much more urgent. It also gives the young actors portraying them something grip on. As she did in "The Girl Next Door", Elisha Cuthbert proves to audiences what a skilled actress she really is. In the 2003 remake of "The Texas Chainsaw Massacre", Jessica Biel silenced naysayers by delivering a raw and emotional performance, one that put the viewer right there with her. Here, Cuthbert does the same. Chad Michael Murray ("A Cinderella Story"), in one of his first more mature roles, is no slacker as Nick. Murray exudes charisma and a hard edge, as well as some impressive athleticism on top of it. Murray and Cuthbert gel perfectly, and have tangible, familial chemistry.

More so than anything else, the press and the American public have made a field day about Paris Hilton's major acting debut. As I expected, Hilton does not embarrass herself. In fact, she is just as good as anyone else in the movie (do with that what you will). Like Cuthbert and Murray, Hilton has screen presence. She is sexy and playful. I cannot think one of reason why she's gotten the worst of the film's harsh reception, other than they are simply picking on her. Jared Padalecki (TV's 'Gilmore Girls') memorably manages to overcome his underwritten role. Robert Ri'chard (TV's 'Cousin Skeeter') and Jon Abrahams ("Meet the Parents") do not have much to work with, but get the job done. With only one scene, Damon Herriman ("Soar") makes an unforgettable impression, and his presence hangs over the rest of the film. Finally, Brian Van Holt ("Basic") is superb and threatening in a dual role.

Once more, kudos must go to the screenwriters for avoiding clichés whenever possible. Despite popular opinion, "House of Wax" is quite unpredictable for a majority of its running time. Take this for example: It seems as if the killer is down for the count and Carly bends down to retrieve something from his pockets. What do you expect to happen? See the movie, and you will understand what I mean. It is also refreshing to see a horror film in which the characters show even a modicum of good sense.

Unlike most horror scores, John Ottman's exhilarating work never distracts. However, as with Dark Castle's other releases, the visual aspects of "Wax" are award-worthy, and lift the film above its genre trappings. The talents of cinematographer Stephen F. Windon, production designer Graham Walker, art director Nicholas McCallum, and editor Joel Negron highlight the ghoulish imagery. Speaking of imagery, I believe that the gore hounds will be thrilled with the many makeup effects and tricks in store here. Each death scene is more stomach churning than the last. Considering his past in music videos and commercials, it is obvious that Jaume Serra has a great eye for style. His "in-your-face" approach is a great asset to this film's success. Just when you think the camera will turn away, it does not. He is also particularly good a building thick layers of dread and atmosphere. One standout shot is our introduction to the killer, as he slowly emerges from a trap door.

In a case like this, I would usually admit when I am in the minority (Shut up, okay? I liked "House of 1000 Corpses"!). In this case, I firmly that the detractors have gotten it wrong. I am not sure why people are so hard on this film, considering it's much better than recent genre entries. Maybe they're afraid to admit that a horror flick starring Paris Hilton could possibly be worth watching... Who knows? This is a horror film, and a commendably stylish and effective one at that. As a lifelong horror fan, all I can say is that I thoroughly enjoyed "House of Wax", in all of its lurid and sadistic glory. I safely consider it a great accomplishment in modern horror, as well as (along with "Sin City") the first completely satisfying release of 2005.


171 of 279 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
I never realized how twisted Vincent was.. AviDMoviegoErgrl
Favorite Character JuMiguel
Best movie of all time! iklemissnaughty
Cinemax Airing. ActorFan1973
Paris Hilton ? shootertwit
Discuss House of Wax (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page