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The Wax Mask (1997)

M.D.C. - Maschera di cera (original title)
Unrated | | Horror | 4 April 1997 (Italy)
Paris, 1900: a couple are horribly murdered by a masked man with a metal claw who rips their hearts out. The sole survivor and witness to the massacre is a young girl. Twelve years later in... See full summary »

Director:

Sergio Stivaletti

Writers:

Dario Argento (story), Lucio Fulci (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Robert Hossein ... Boris Volkoff
Romina Mondello ... Sonia Lafont
Riccardo Serventi Longhi ... Andrea Conversi
Gabriella Giorgelli ... Aunt Francesca
Umberto Balli Umberto Balli ... Alex
Valery Valmond ... Giorgina
Gianni Franco ... Inspector Palazzi
Antonello Murru Antonello Murru ... Museum Caretaker
Daniel Auber ... Luca (as Daniele Auber)
Romano Iannelli Romano Iannelli ... Pathologist
Rosa Pianeta Rosa Pianeta ... Anna's Mother
Sonia Topazio Sonia Topazio ... Nurse
Massimo Vanni ... Victor
Aldo Massasso Aldo Massasso ... Inspector Lanvin
Sabrina Pellegrino Sabrina Pellegrino ... Elena
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Storyline

Paris, 1900: a couple are horribly murdered by a masked man with a metal claw who rips their hearts out. The sole survivor and witness to the massacre is a young girl. Twelve years later in Rome a new wax museum is opened, whose main attractions are lifelike recreations of gruesome murder scenes. A young man bets that he will spend the night in the museum but is found dead the morning after. Soon, people start disappearing from the streets of Rome and the wax museum halls begin filling with new figures... Written by Giancarlo Cairella <vertigo@imdb.com>

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Genres:

Horror

Certificate:

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Country:

Italy | France

Language:

Italian

Release Date:

4 April 1997 (Italy) See more »

Also Known As:

The Wax Mask See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Sergio Stivaletti stated that he was shocked when Dario Argento contacted him, finding that he "had been looking or a chance to direct and thought it would be with [his] own film and script. Feeling that he was in the right place at the right time, he accepted the offer. Stivaletti made changes to Lucio Fulci script, tailoring it to his interest in special effects. See more »

Goofs

At 1:04:12, Volkoff put a pin through the picture of Sonia he just clipped. Seven seconds later, as Alex watch him secretly through the door, he does exactly the same action with the pin. See more »

Connections

Featured in The Three Faces of Terror (2004) See more »

Soundtracks

La donna è mobile
(uncredited)
from "Rigoletto"
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
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A HARD MOVIE TO REVIEW
24 September 1999 | by KrowbOySee all my reviews

Sergio Stivaletti's wax mask is a hard movie to review because it has so many good things about it and so many BAD things also. The good things are...The movie is very visual which is cool, the make-up effects are awesome along with the computer effects, and it has some cool production design(especially the room where people are turned into wax creations). Now whats bad is...Most of the acting is bad especially the main female and good guy characters, the end turns into a weird terminatoresque finale, and some characters are not explained well (what happened to the bald guy with the scar) and the last minute/minute and a half is one of the worst endings i've ever seen.....what can i say i like this movie and yet i dislike it too.....still though it could have been better. But view it for the special effects(makeup and cg) and production design.


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