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Nightmare in Wax (1969)

M | | Horror | 14 May 1969 (USA)
The disfigured curator of a wax museum murders his enemies and then uses their bodies as exhibits in his museum.


Bud Townsend


Rex Carlton

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Cameron Mitchell ... Vincent Renard
Anne Helm ... Marie Morgan
Scott Brady ... Detective Haskell
Berry Kroeger ... Max Black
Victoria Carroll ... Theresa
Phillip Baird Phillip Baird ... Tony Deen
John 'Bud' Cardos ... Sergeant Carver (as Johnny Cardos)
Hollis Morrison Hollis Morrison ... Nick
James Forrest James Forrest ... Alfred Herman
Virgil Frye ... Ralph Tenier
Mercedes Alberti Mercedes Alberti ... Stella Costello
Barry Donohue Barry Donohue ... Leslie
Ingrid Dittmar Ingrid Dittmar ... Secretary (as Ingrid Dittman)
Maria Polo Maria Polo ... Nurse (as Marie Polo)
Lucio Pineda Lucio Pineda ... Chauffeur


The disfigured curator of a wax museum murders his enemies and then uses their bodies as exhibits in his museum.

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Monster of the Wax Museum See more »

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Color (Pathécolor)

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1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?


Waxworks scenes filmed in Movieland Wax Museum, Buena Park California. See more »


Theresa: Vinnie, what are you gonna do with me?
Vincent Renard: Kill you.
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Referenced in Fantasy Island: The Tallowed Image/Room and Bard (1983) See more »

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Please can we have the restored double-DVD of Nightmare in Wax and Island of the Doomed
2 March 2018 | by hawklinemonsterSee all my reviews

I enjoyed Nightmare in Wax, taking it on the pulpy level that it intends and achieves. It's fun. It's not mindlessly sadistic (so if you want that, look elsewhere). Not hopelessly incompetent, either (just a bit, maybe, but hope is there).

I admit that at first I confused it with a wax museum horror featuring a curator with a false hand, which is interchangeable with a hook or a cleaver. Were there two versions of this film? No; the man with the cleaver was Patrick O'Neal in Chamber of Horrors (1966). It gave me a restless night figuring that one out. These things worry horror fans.

The Patrick O'Neal film is a classier offering. The photography is much glossier, and Wilfred Hyde-White adds his own charm to the proceedings. But Cameron Mitchell in Nightmare in Wax adds his own special (if not too refined) touch of wickedness, pursuing Anne Helm through his Faustian workshop, hypodermic in hand. That chase between tottering dummies and bubbling vats doesn't quite elevate the film into the realms of horror achieved by Lionel Atwill and Fay Wray... but it's pretty good, all the same.

A couple of years before Nightmare in Wax, Cameron Mitchell starred in a Spanish/West German co-production of Island of the Doomed (1967) (a.k.a. The Bloodsuckers, The Maneater of Hydra, etc.) I was fortunate enough to see that sharing a double-bill with Slaughter of the Vampires. That was in my long-ago teens. Much more recently I bought it on DVD (with the widescreen sadly cropped). Now wouldn't it be great if someone had the discrimination (I shan't say the taste) to bring out a restored widescreen double-DVD of both Nightmare in Wax and Island of the Doomed. We can only hope!

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