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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User Ratings: 41,337
Unlike many of the hastily assembled 3-D projects that followed it, HOUSE OF WAX was carefully designed to take maximum advantage of the medium's unusual properties. The film employs a full range of imaginative shock effects...
New York Times
Oct 4, 2013
Rating: 9/10 -- The film's place in cinema history is already secured as it's genuinely one of the best of the fifties horror thrillers from Warner Bros, with Price at his best - being both sympathetic and sinister. Full Review
Starburst
Nov 9, 2017
de Toth used foreground objects and actors' entrances and exits to flaunt the effects of depth. Full Review
People Magazine
Oct 7, 2013
The effects are done with playfulness, zest, and some imagination (they range from a barker batting paddleballs in your face to a murderer leaping from the row in front of you), making this the most entertaining of the gimmick 3-Ds. Full Review
Chicago Reader
Sep 24, 2007
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
Rating: 3.5/4 -- House of Wax has gone down in the books as a classic, but now, finally, it can be appreciated in the form it was always meant to be seen in. There is no need to ever watch it in 2D again. Full Review
Aisle Seat
Oct 8, 2013
[W]ith Vincent Price on fine form as a mutilated, murderous maniac...
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Aug 1, 2005

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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