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Sex & Nudity

  • One woman is seen exercising and her legs are seen in a medium shot while she is talking to another woman.

Violence & Gore

  • Several people are murdered (off-screen) and their bodies coated with wax to represent historical figures.
  • There are several fights (mild) and a shootout with police and the main character.


Alcohol, Drugs & Smoking

  • Some bottles of alcohol are found in a coffin-shaped crate. One of them is broken, with booze pouring out the bottom. A woman tries to collect several bottles but drops them when frightened.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • Audiences in 1933 found this film to be horrifying, but by today's standards it is pretty tame. Still there are some creepy scenes, especially in the basement workroom of the museum, where the wax vat is heated up.


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Violence & Gore

  • At the end, the main character (minus his face mask) is shot by police and falls into the vat of wax.

Frightening & Intense Scenes

  • There are a few creepy scenes that might frighten young children or sensitive persons; namely some of the scenes showing figures in the museum, and especially the scene where the heroine breaks off the face mask of the main character to reveal his horribly scarred visage.

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