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House of Wax (1953)

GP | | Horror | 25 April 1953 (USA)
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An associate burns down a wax museum with the owner inside, but he survives only to become vengeful and murderous.

Director:

André De Toth (as Andre de Toth)

Writers:

Crane Wilbur (screenplay), Charles Belden (story)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Vincent Price ... Prof. Henry Jarrod
Frank Lovejoy ... Det. Lt. Tom Brennan
Phyllis Kirk ... Sue Allen
Carolyn Jones ... Cathy Gray
Paul Picerni ... Scott Andrews
Roy Roberts ... Matthew Burke
Angela Clarke ... Mrs. Andrews
Paul Cavanagh ... Sidney Wallace
Dabbs Greer ... Sgt. Jim Shane
Charles Bronson ... Igor (as Charles Buchinsky)
Reggie Rymal ... The Barker
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Storyline

Professor Henry Jarrod is a true artist whose wax sculptures are lifelike. He specializes in historical tableau's such a Marie Antoinette or Joan of Arc. His business partner, Matthew Burke, needs some of his investment returned to him and pushes Jarrod to have more lurid exposes like a chamber of horrors. When Jarrod refuses, Burke set the place alight destroying all of his beautiful work in the hope of claiming the insurance. Jarrod is believed to have died in the fire but he unexpectedly reappears some 18 months later when he opens a new exhibit. This time, his displays focus on the macabre but he has yet to reproduce his most cherished work, Marie Antoinette. When he meets his new assistant's beautiful friend, Sue Allen, he knows he's found the perfect model - only unbeknown to anyone, he has a very particular way of making his wax creations. Written by garykmcd

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Beauty and Terror meet in your seat...as every thrill of its story comes off the screen right at you in NaturalVision 3 dimension See more »

Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

GP | See all certifications »

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Trivia

Passed by the British Board of Film Censors with an "X" certificate on 29 April 1953. Interestingly, although the old certificate "H" had been discontinued by the BBFC in 1951, London County Council occasionally resurrected it in order to forewarn cinemagoers whether they were getting sex or horror. House of Wax opened at the Warner cinema on 7 May 1953 in 3D and was a major success, running 21 weeks. When it closed on 30 September 1953 it was still being billed in The Times as "H" (London). See more »

Goofs

In the final fight between Professor Jarret and the police above the boiling wax cauldron. As the final blow sends Jarret over the balustrade into the cauldron the blow dislodges the stunt double's whole head mask and you glimpse a dark haired. clean shaven face fall into the "wax" See more »

Quotes

Prof. Henry Jarrod: Once in his lifetime, every artist feels the hand of God, and creates something that comes alive.
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Alternate Versions

Released in Japan in the short-lived VHD format in 3-D. This disc has been widely copied to make bootleg tapes and DVDs. See more »

Connections

Version of Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933) See more »

Soundtracks

On the Rue de la Paix
(uncredited)
Music by Werner R. Heymann
Danced by the can-can dancers
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User Reviews

The greatest 3-D film of all time
13 April 2004 | by FilmOtakuSee all my reviews

House of Wax is a decent film without the three-dimensional effects, but it is a complete riot when viewed in the original 3-D, especially when we get to see the emcee in front of the theater. Vincent Price is at his creepy best in this film about a man who opens up a wax museum that has a secret as to why the figures look so life-like. This was the second time I had seen it in its original format, and I enjoyed it just as much this time, including its over the top melodrama and unbelievably dated dialogue. Do not miss this film if you can find it showing at a classic movie house, because it is extremely entertaining to experience.

--Shelly


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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 April 1953 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wax Works See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$1,000,000 (estimated)

Gross USA:

$23,750,000

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$23,750,000
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Stereo (WarnerPhonic/RCA) (3 channels)

Color:

Color (WarnerColor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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