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House of Wax (2005)

R | | Horror, Thriller | 6 May 2005 (USA)
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A group of teens are unwittingly stranded near a strange wax museum and soon must fight to survive and keep from becoming the next exhibit.


Jaume Collet-Serra


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


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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Gejagt. Ermordet. Zur Schau gestellt. (Hunted.Murdered.Displayed.) See more »


Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Did You Know?


Despite Brian Van Holt portraying twins Bo and Vincent Sinclair, the younger version of the characters are portrayed by non-twin actors. Young Bo is portrayed by Thomas Adamson. And Young Vincent is portrayed by Sam Harkess. See more »


When Carly and Wade are looking around in the House of Wax for the first time, Carly dusts off a section of a mirror. Between shots the mirror goes from having only that small section wiped off to having the whole surface wiped free of dust. See more »


[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

The uncut version is rated R21 in Singapore. Two scenes needed to be trimmed to secure an NC16 rating. First is the body dragging scene where the head slowly detaches itself from the torso. Next is the scene where the killer graphically removes a pole that is jammed into a female victim's head. See more »


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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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An underrated but very solid horror slasher flick
7 May 2017 | by ivo-cobra8See all my reviews

House of Wax (2005) is a remake of 1953 film and in my opinion it is very solid underrated best slasher film of 2005 that come out in recent years. That is my one of my favorite slasher horror films that come out from year 2000 I am not really in to 2000's horror films, but this movie, My Bloody Valentine, The Hills Have Eyes remakes, than The Collector and of course just recently Don't Breathe horror movies that come out last year are my favorite horror films and I think they are very solid and decent good films. This film doesn't deserve the hate, people knew who Paris Hilton was, R-rated horror movies were actually being released in theaters more than they were today, and horror movies were being remade left and right.

I love this movie it has a solid cast from actors like are Elisha Cuthbert from 24 she played Kiefer Sutherland's daughter Kim, Chad Michael Murray from One Tree Hill, Jared Padalecki from Supernatural as Sam Winchester and of course 2009 remake Friday the 13th and of course Paris Hilton my girlfriend is fan of Paris Hilton. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra who also directed Liam Neeson my favorite film Non-Stop and of course The Shallows I like that shark flick. This movie is produced from Joel Silver and Robert Zemeckis (Back to the Future)

House of Wax a 2005 offering from producer Joel Silver (Die Hard, Demolition Man and Road House) which is obviously a remake of the classic Vincent Price classic from 1953. This version works quite well as a group of young adults find themselves stuck and the small town of Ambrose may be there only hope to find the repairs they need for the broken down car. But, the curiosity of some of the group gets the better of them as they stroll through the town and begin to disappear one by one. The mysterious and totally wack ed out town mechanic turns vile and a freakish zombie like dude begins creating his "house of wax" out of the living.

I love this movie I watch it today and I was hooked of how good it is and I don't understand the low rating at all. I love the scenes in which Paris Hilton takes a pipe in her head that was brilliant. I love the music score by John Ottman he did a good score. I enjoy this movie I love that there are two main heroes and sole survivors Carly (Elisha Cuthbert) and Nick (Chad Michael Murray) I love the ghost town that everything is out of wax. Even all puppets are out of wax.

Vincent (Brian Van Holt) who has Wax face mask is a creepy psycho scary killer like was Michael Myers I hate the character, but I love that this movie has a happy ending on the end. In this movie, 2005's biggest and hottest names take a trip to go see a football game until their car breaks down. They're forced to take camp at some field, and Elisha Cuthbert and Chad Michael Murray eventually stumble upon the dreaded HOUSE OF WAX. Slowly but surely, each of the teenagers that tagged along get picked off in horrifying, gruesome ways, Paris Hilton's being my favorite.

The rating I give to this film is 8/10. Anything under 7 would be ridiculous, as anyone claiming this isn't at least a GOOD horror rated-R film one of my all time favorite I am always hooked up on this movie.

House of Wax (originally titled Wax House, Baby) is a 2005 American-Australian horror thriller film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and stars Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, Brian Van Holt, Paris Hilton and Jared Padalecki. It is based on a story by Charles Belden. It is a loose remake of the 1953 film of the same name, itself a remake of the 1933 movie Mystery of the Wax Museum. The film premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was released in US theaters on May 6, 2005.

8/10 Grade: B Studio: Warner Bros. Pictures Starring: Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, Brian Van Holt, Paris Hilton, Jared Padalecki Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Producers: Joel Silver, Robert Zemeckis, Susan Levin Writers: Charles Belden, Chad Hayes, Carey Hayes Rated: R Running Time: 1Hr. 53 Mins. Budget: $30.000.000 Box Office: $70,064,800

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6 May 2005 (USA) See more »

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Box Office


$40,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$12,077,236, 8 May 2005

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