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House of Wax (2005)

R  |   |  Horror  |  6 May 2005 (USA)
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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.



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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

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

6 May 2005 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Wax House, Baby  »

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Box Office


$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$12,077,236 (USA) (6 May 2005)


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

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Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Before Paris Hilton was cast as Paige Edwards, Jennifer Connelly and Kate Winslet were originally considered for the role. The rest of the cast was built around her. Her "That's hot" catchphrase is spoken by several characters, for this reason. See more »


When Paige is running towards the stairs in the building, as she nears them you can see someone running left-front of her. See more »


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


References House of Wax (1953) See more »


Written by Gerard Way, Matt Pelissier, Frank Iero, Ray Toro and Mikey Way
Performed by My Chemical Romance
Courtesy of Reprise Records
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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User Reviews

Great Slasher!
14 May 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I wasn't expecting to much of this movie when I went into the theater but I had been waiting for it for many years. To sum it up, it was pretty damn good! Chad Michael Murray was pretty good, I thought he was going to be another Chris Flynn from Wrong Turn but I was wrong. Elisha Cuthbert was also good but the best performance has to go to Brian Van Holt. He played the bad guy too well, I mean he was sick, sadistic, and very cruel. The back story between the brothers was good, plus I liked how no killings took place until about 40 minutes into the film. It gave you time to pick the character you wanted to see live and the one you wanted to see die. Jon Abrahams was pretty good as the goofy best bud of CMM. I liked how Chad kind of cried when he found him dead, it was better then just him being like, "Whatever, my buddy is dead, who cares". It showed how he really cared. So overall, this was a darn god slasher with some great effects. Bravo!

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