5.3/10
94,643
576 user 229 critic

House of Wax (2005)

R | | Horror | 6 May 2005 (USA)
Trailer
0:31 | Trailer

Watch Now

From $2.99 (SD) on Amazon Video

ON DISC
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 »
Reviews
Popularity
2,281 ( 833)
5 wins & 10 nominations. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

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
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
    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 6.7/10 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
Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.1/10 X  

A brother and sister driving home through isolated countryside for spring break encounter a flesh-eating creature which is on the last day of its ritualistic eating spree.

Director: Victor Salva
Stars: Gina Philips, Justin Long, Jonathan Breck
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

Four teens are in great danger one year after their car hits a stranger whose body they dump in the sea.

Director: Jim Gillespie
Stars: Jennifer Love Hewitt, Sarah Michelle Gellar, Anne Heche
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

Tom returns to his hometown on the tenth anniversary of the Valentine's night massacre that claimed the lives of 22 people. Instead of a homecoming, Tom finds himself suspected of committing the murders, and it seems like his old flame is the only one that believes he's innocent.

Director: Patrick Lussier
Stars: Jensen Ackles, Jaime King, Kerr Smith
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 X  

A group of young adults discover a boarded up Camp Crystal Lake, where they soon encounter Jason Voorhees and his deadly intentions.

Director: Marcus Nispel
Stars: Jared Padalecki, Amanda Righetti, Derek Mears
Horror
    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
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

When Cyrus Kriticos, a very rich collector of unique things dies, he leaves it all to his nephew and his family. All including his house, his fortune, and his malicious collection of ghosts!

Director: Steve Beck
Stars: Tony Shalhoub, Shannon Elizabeth, Embeth Davidtz
Ghost Ship (2002)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

A salvage crew that discovers a long-lost 1962 passenger ship floating lifeless in a remote region of the Bering Sea soon notices, as they prepare to tow it back to land, that strange things happen.

Director: Steve Beck
Stars: Julianna Margulies, Gabriel Byrne, Ron Eldard
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.6/10 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
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

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:

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

Gross:

$32,048,809 (USA) (22 July 2005)
 »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

| |

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

Jared Padalecki and Paris Hilton later appear in an episode of Supernatural (2005) together also centered around a Wax Museum. There's even reference to this movie See more »

Goofs

During the scene at the campsite close to the beginning, in the morning shortly before Carly goes to the turlet, the birdsong that can be heard is clearly the song of a European robin that would not be found in America. 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

Referenced in Smallville: Void (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

New Dawn Fades
Written by Ian Curtis, Peter Hook, Stephen Morris and Bernard Sumner
Performed by Joy Division
Courtesy of London-Sire Records Ltd.
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Surprisingly violent, and lots of fun.
18 October 2005 | by (Toronto, Ontario) – See all my reviews

While HOUSE OF WAX will never be mistaken for Texas CHAINSAW MASSACRE or HALLOWEEN, it does try and ultimately succeed in being a worthy addition to quality horror film making. There is enough tension and enough implied gore in here to please the young audience of today and there is also enough explicit gore to please some of the purists of yesterday. Overall, it is quite a well done film that should do okay on DVD.

Six kids on the way to a football game get stranded in a DELIVERANCE like setting and what ensues actually looks like it may have been taken out a discarded Deilverance sequel and the backwoods hicks seem to taunt the group. Eventually the group has to break up and half of them head into the desolate town to get some car parts. The other half of the group stays behind at camp and this sets up the second half of the film.

House of Wax has many strengths. The first is that it is blessed with a very likable cast. Paris Hilton is fine in her role but she is far from the focal point. Chad Michael Murray, Elisabeth Cuthbert and Brian Van Holt are three very charismatic actors and their presence in the film adds some panache, some credibility and some flair. I had never really heard of Chad Michael Murray, only that he was a pin-up type teen heartthrob. But he has a presence to him. He imbues an intangible to him that seems to translate into his performance. He is instantly likable and he possesses a strong character trait. I enjoyed his performance much more than I figured I would and when he was on screen, the film flowed.

The question now becomes, "Is this film a worthy horror film?" And the answer to that is a resounding YES. As I mentioned off the top, it is not in the same class a NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET or LAST HOUSE ON THE LEFT, or even THE RING, but it is relatively tense, quite graphic and there are some very inventive death scenes. This is not the HOUSE OF WAX that your parents told you about. Vincent Price is nowhere to be seen and when you start seeing fingers being cut off and hot wax covering comatose bodies, you realize this film is a little on the edge.

I'd like to see an uncut director's X rated version. I bet there is one out there somewhere that would be much more violent than this one. Be that as it may, this is a very good entry into the horror genre and it is heads and shoulders above weak films like I KNOW WHAT YOU DID LAST SUMMER and DARK WATER and a few others. It is definitely worth a look.

8/10


75 of 107 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
The best scene in the movie is........? scott28883
Unfair ratings just because of Paris..? MonikkaZ
Weird sexual tension althenaruby
Where are they really? mitchell_janelle
Question about Dr. Sinclair theHoundofHellcats
Favorite horror movie sets? superherolu
Discuss House of Wax (2005) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page