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Tuesday, August 16, 2016

House of Wax (1953)

House of Wax is one of my favorite horror films ever. Vincent Price as Professor Henry Jarrod is virtually flawless, offering what I think is one of the greatest performances of his career. The film also includes Charles Bronson who plays Jarrod's loyal servant. House of Wax first came out in 3-D. I was fortunate enough to see it this way in a theatrical rerelease of the picture. However, the film is just as powerful in its 2-D version.

The story is about a talented sculptor whose museum is set ablaze by his business partner in order to collect the insurance money. The sculptor resurfaces a number of years later to launch a his own wax museum. However, as new figures appear in his museum, bodies mysteriously disappear from the city morgue. Hmmm. The plot thickens.

Not everyone is aware that this film is a remake of the 1933 film "Mystery of the Wax Museum." The original is not a bad film either and I recommend watching it to get an idea of where the 1953 film came from. A wretched remake of House of Wax came out in 2005 that is bad beyond words. The only entertaining moment in that red hot mess is when Paris Hilton gets impaled in the head by a stick. This particular scene can be viewed in all its glorious splendor on YouTube so don't waste your time sitting through the whole film.

I don't think "House of Wax" is available to view legally online. There is a decent edition of it that is available through Amazon that includes both the 1933 and 1953 versions of the film. I own it and am quite happy with it.

RATING: Excellent.

For more info check out the film's entry in IMDB.

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