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House of Wax (2005)

R | | Horror | 6 May 2005 (USA)
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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

Writers:

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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Taglines:

Prey. Slay. Display. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Details

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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Sound Mix:

DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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Did You Know?

Trivia

Names mentioned in the script but not the film are the roadkill collector (Lester), and Carly and Nick's last name (Jones). Chad Michael Murray (Nick), in a radio interview, was shocked to hear his character finally had a last name, and said that it was an ongoing debate on set. See more »

Goofs

When Carly and Wade first decide to go in to the church to look for help, the sun is shining and shadows are forming to the left of the screen as we see the view of the front of the church. From shot to shot as Wade and Carly then walk in to the church, the sun is gone and the light is dull with no sunshine. But when Bo turns around in the church the sun is beaming straight through the window on to him from the front rather than from the right, and when Wade and Carly close the door and walk out the sky is still overcast with no sunshine. 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 »


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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Not bad for a remake (which isn't saying much I know)
24 September 2010 | by stalkingwolf83See all my reviews

The words 'remake' in combination with the name 'Paris Hilton' should be enough to make me puke, but when I caught this movie on TV late at night I noticed this movie wasn't so bad as I thought it would be. Unfortunately I could not finish this movie entirely so I rented it later on and I must say, I was pretty surprised. Of course it isn't anywhere near Oscar material but compared with other remakes you can do a lot worse than this.

As you already might know, this movie is a remake of the original House Of Wax from 1953 (which was also a remake of an earlier I've been told), starring the legendary Vincent Price. As with all horror remakes, the original cast was removed and replaced by a group of adolescent bimbos who get lost and get killed for no reason etc. I have not seen the originals so I can only judge this movie on it's own merits.

Once you ignore the predictable and cliché story (group of young people get stranded and lost etc.) and focus on the overall mood and seting you'll be in for a pleasant surprise. The wax house itself and all the dolls are well made and the suspense is nicely built up. Only the ending is a bit lame but did not stop me from enjoying this movie.

Like I said, for a remake you can do a lot worse than this.


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