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
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 »
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 »
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.
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