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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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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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Budget:

$3,000,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Trivia

Originally intended by Dario Argento as a comeback for colleague (though not friend) Lucio Fulci. Unfortunately, only a few weeks before filming was about to begin, Fulci died and on short notice, the directing job was handed over to special effects expert Sergio Stivaletti. 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 »

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Referenced in Creepers & Creatures (2011) See more »

Soundtracks

La donna è mobile
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from "Rigoletto"
Libretto by Francesco Maria Piave
Music by Giuseppe Verdi
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Good fun
28 April 2001 | by janguSee all my reviews

If you are familiar with italian horror, you get exactly what you expect here. Adequate to terrible performances, atrocious dubbing, gaudy visuals at the expens of characters you actually care about and imaginatively staged murders. However, this film was better than i expected, since director Stivaletti is primarily a make-up man and tried his hand at directing here for the first time. The (I suspect limited) budget is used well with varied locales for the different scenes, nice art-direction and costumes and crisp camerawork. Pace is well maintained throughout the movie which distracts you from some of the less obvious plot-holes. The waxmaster himself does quite a good actingjob, not hamming it up. As for "the good guys", the leading lady is adequate but at bit dull. Our supposed "hero" is however damagingly miscast and comes over as a complete bore. As is usually the case with italian horror, the visuals are at the fore here with rich colours (which of course includes crimsonred blood), lovingly filmed and accompanied by a good and appropriately romantic score. The finale, as a few others have stated, is quite bad but fun in a way with some terminatoresque touches that are unexpected, to say the least. And the murders, surprisingly few, are competently put together with a sufficient amount of gore to satisfy fans. Overall, entertaining and good fun, if you dont expect "Citizen Cane".


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