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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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Trudy Sinclair (as Dragitsa Debert)
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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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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Aside from the title and the setting of a wax museum, this film has no connection to the original film House of Wax (1953) in terms of plot. See more »


After the group takes the detour, and they are driving on the back road, there is a shot of the red car from behind. If you look at the very bottom of the screen, you can see the equipment that the car is hooked up to. 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 »


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Written by Brett Hestla, Corey Lowery, Clint Lowery, Will Hunt and Troy McLawhorn
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Very Entertaining!
4 May 2005 | by (Los Angeles, CA) – See all my reviews

I've never seen the original "House Of Wax" so I really didn't know what to expect when I went to a sneak preview of the new film. After a somewhat wobbly start introducing our young characters, "House Of Wax" shifts gears and becomes an extremely effective horror outing.

The plot really doesn't matter too much here - I think most people know upon seeing this that these stranded kids are going to meet up with a nasty killer and find some awful things in the titular house of wax. It's all about the special effects here, and they are top notch. Viewers who like their horror movies with lots of blood will be satisfied here, but there are other ghoulish effects as well. The production design and sets are excellent, and the cast makes the most of their under-written roles.

Of course, many people are probably wondering just how Paris Hilton's performance is. To be honest, Hilton acquits herself quite well, and she doesn't portray "herself," as so many people are predicting. Her character is sexy and sweet, and I think her good work will hopefully change a lot of people's opinions about her. Elisha Cuthbert is also good, moving up from her previous movie, the atrocious "The Girl Next Door." Her character is put through a lot, and Cuthbert proves to be a feisty heroine. Chad Michael Murray, like Hilton and Cuthbert, is pretty to look at, but unfortunately is not very convincing as the "bad boy" of the group.

I predict good things for "House Of Wax," as the audience at the screening I attended hollered, screamed and clapped through out many parts of the movie. Congrats to the cast and crew for a job well done.

And a congrats to Paris Hilton for proving a lot of people wrong. Like she always says - "That's hot."

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