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House of Wax (2005)

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A group of unwitting teens are stranded near a strange wax museum and soon must fight to survive and keep from becoming the next exhibit.

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Jaume Collet-Serra

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Charles Belden (story), Chad Hayes (screenplay) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview:
Elisha Cuthbert ... Carly Jones
Chad Michael Murray ... Nick
Brian Van Holt ... Bo
Paris Hilton ... Paige
Jared Padalecki ... Wade
Jon Abrahams ... Dalton
Robert Ri'chard ... Blake
Dragicia Debert Dragicia Debert ... Trudy Sinclair (as Dragitsa Debert)
Thomas Adamson Thomas Adamson ... Young Bo
Murray Smith Murray Smith ... Dr. Sinclair
Sam Harkess Sam Harkess ... Young Vincent
Damon Herriman ... Roadkill Driver
Andy Anderson Andy Anderson ... Sheriff
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Storyline

Six friends are on their way to a football game. They decide to camp out for the night and continue driving the next day. The next day the friends find that they're having car troubles, so two of the friends accept a stranger's ride into a small town named Ambrose. The main attraction in Ambrose is the House of Wax. Except something is not right in this town, the wax figures are so realistic and the whole town is deserted - except for two murderous twin brothers. The six friends must fight to survive and escape from being the next exhibits in the House of Wax. Written by ahmetkozan

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There's a reason they look so real. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for horror violence, some sexual content and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

Australia | USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

6 May 2005 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wax House, Baby See more »

Filming Locations:

Australia See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$30,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,077,236, 8 May 2005, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$32,064,800

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$70,064,800
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Color:

Color

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1.85 : 1
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Trivia

In the church where Carly hides, as well as the movie theatre where Carly and Nick are hiding, most of the wax figures were actually extras wearing masks. See more »

Goofs

When Lester goes around the truck to open the door, Carly and Wade are looking to the left and down, trying to open the seat belt. In the very next shot, they are looking at the door on their right. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Trudy Sinclair: You are being such a good boy. Would you like some more cereal, sweetheart? Here you go.
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Crazy Credits

Random letters in the end credits of the movie begin to melt down from the screen as they appear. Also, some pairs of letters are joined, just like Bo and Vincent when they were born. See more »

Alternate Versions

Two versions are available in Germany: the uncut version with a "Not under 18" rating and an edited version (with a "Not under 16" rating) which misses ca. 3 minutes. See more »

Connections

Referenced in Quinceañera (2006) See more »

Soundtracks

Minerva
Written by Stephen Carpenter, Chi Cheng (as Chi Cheng), Abe Cunningham (as Abran Cunningham),
Frank Delgado and Chino Moreno (as Camilo Chino Moreno)
Performed by Deftones
Courtesy of Maverick Recording Company
By Arrangement with Warner Strategic Marketing
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User Reviews

Pretty Realistic, Intense Violence.
11 May 2005 | by BigHardcoreRedSee all my reviews

House Of Wax is pretty much everything I like in a horror movie. The killers were creepy and freaky but not too over the top. The murders were genuine and realistic looking while the cinematography was great! Carly Jones (Elisha Cuthbert) and her boyfriend, Wade (Jared Padalecki) are going to the big college football game with a group of friends and her brother, Nick (Chad Michael Murray). Along the way, they get tired and look for a place to camp out for awhile and get some rest. As you can imagine, car problems end up keeping them from getting out of their hidden campsite. Carly and Wade head for the small town of Ambrose, which seems strange on the surface.

This is where the real action begins. While I admit that the movie took it's time getting to the good stuff, it was well worth the wait. The special effects department have outdone themselves. Especially when it comes to the house made of wax, itself.

I was very surprised by the low rating given by the IMDb users. I should not be, but I was. Do not be fooled. If you are into horror movies, then this one comes highly recommended. In fact, it has inspired me to see the original and will do so first chance I get. 8/10


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