House of Wax (1953) / Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933)

House of Wax (1953) / Mystery of the Wax Museum
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DVD Features:

    House of Wax Premiere Newsreel
  • Theatrical Trailer
  • House of Wax Languages: English, French and Spanish House of Wax Subtitles in English, French, Spanish, Portuguese, Japanese, Chinese, Bahasa, Thai & Korean Mystery of the Wax Museum Subtitles in English, French and Spanish
  • Rated: Not Rated
  • Closed captioning available
  • Run Time: 1 hours, 28 minutes
  • Video: Color
  • Released: August 5, 2003
  • Originally Released: 1953
  • Label: Warner Home Video
  • Encoding: Region 1 (USA & Canada)
  • Packaging: Snap Case
  • Aspect Ratio: Full Frame - 1.33
  • Audio:
    • Mono - English
    • Mono - Spanish

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Entertainment Reviews:

Certified Fresh95%

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Total Count: 41

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AUDIENCE SCORE
User Ratings: 41,337
Rating: 4/5 -- [A] glorious-looking slice of gothic horror, which also helped establish Vincent Price as a horror icon. Full Review
Radio Times
Oct 7, 2013
Rating: 7/10 -- In any number of dimensions, it's a delightfully garish exercise in low-grade creeps. Full Review
Antagony & Ecstasy
Nov 8, 2014
[W]ith Vincent Price on fine form as a mutilated, murderous maniac...
Uncut
Aug 1, 2005
Dimly we foresee movie audiences embalmed in three-dimensional wax and sound. Full Review
New York Times
Mar 25, 2006
House of Wax proves once and for all that true stereo combined with perfect color and directional sound is truly a visionary new and exciting medium. Full Review
Hollywood Reporter
Apr 27, 2005
de Toth used foreground objects and actors' entrances and exits to flaunt the effects of depth. Full Review
People Magazine
Oct 7, 2013
De Toth brings off one classic sequence with Kirk fleeing through the gaslit streets pursued by a shadowy figure in a billowing cloak.
Time Out
Feb 9, 2006

Description by OLDIES.com:

In the wicked performance that crowned him the movie's master of the macabre. Vincent Price plays a renowned wax sculptor plunged into madness when an arsonist destroys his life's work. Unable to use his flame-scarred hands, he devises a new - and murderous - way of restocking his House of Wax.

The sweet dread and sheer fun of this creepy classic, co-starring Phyllis Kirk, Carolyn Jones and Charles Bronson and directed by Andre de Toth, had its roots in a Warner Bros. chiller from 20 years before: Mystery of the Wax Museum, starring Lionel Atwill as the wax-wielding madman and Fay Wray as a potential victim. Directed by Michael Curtiz and shot in a chillingly effective early two-color Technicolor process, it and its spooky remake offer you a delicious double-dip in a paraffin bath of terror.

Product Description:

André de Toth's remake of MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM is one of the first and best 3-D (stereoscopic) feature films, an alternative technology (like Cinemascope, Cinerama) used by 1950s directors attempting to compete with the new threat of television. Professor Jarrod (Vincent Price) is a devoted wax figure sculptor for his museum in 1910s NYC. When his financial partner, Sidney Wallace (Paul Cavanagh), demands more sensational exhibits to increase profits, Jarrod refuses. The vengeful Wallace torches the museum, leaving Jarrod for dead. Miraculously, Jarrod survives (though his hands and legs are rendered useless) and builds a new House of Wax with help from threatening deaf-mute sculptor, Igor (Charles Bronson). The museum's popular "Chamber of Horrors" showcases recent crimes like the murder of Wallace, a victim of a cloaked, disfigured killer along with his fiancée, Cathy (Carolyn Jones). When Cathy's friend, Sue (Phyllis Kirk), visits the museum she makes a discovery that leads to the horrifying truth behind the House of Wax. With gasp inducing (and tongue-in-cheek) 3-D scenes like the museum fire, paddleball man, and can-can girls, de Toth creates an atmospheric film which stands up as a horror classic in 2-D as well.

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Production Notes:

  • When theatrically re-issued, "House of Wax" received an MPAA GP rating.
  • Filmed in Technicolor and Stereophonic sound.
  • Rated BBFC PG by the British Board of Film Classification.
  • Andre de Toth had one eye while directing the film and was unable to enjoy the groundbreaking 3-D effects.

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