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House of Wax (2005)

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25

Average Rating: 4.3/10
Reviews Counted: 151
Fresh: 38 | Rotten: 113

Bearing little resemblance to the 1953 original, House of Wax is a formulaic but better-than-average teen slasher flick.

19

Average Rating: 4.4/10
Critic Reviews: 32
Fresh: 6 | Rotten: 26

Bearing little resemblance to the 1953 original, House of Wax is a formulaic but better-than-average teen slasher flick.

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A bunch of college students are stranded in a small town where suffering for art takes on a whole new meaning in this tale of terror. Carly (Elisha Cuthbert) and her boyfriend, Wade (Jared Padalecki), have hit the road with a handful of their friends to attend a championship college football game; tagging along with them are Carly's bratty friend Paige (Paris Hilton, Carly's trouble-making twin brother Nick (Chad Michael Murray), and Blake (Robert Ri'chard), Paige's latest boy toy. While camping

Oct 25, 2005

$32.0M

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Filled with the usual contemporary horror staples, most notably lots of rusty torture implements and cellphones that tend to scurry mischievously out of reach just as the villain bears down on his prey.

May 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Salon.com
Salon.com
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It had a great sense of humor about itself.

May 9, 2005 Full Review Source: Ebert & Roeper
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You'll be rooting for these people to get slaughtered out of sheer boredom.

May 6, 2005 | Comment (1)
Washington Post
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This movie gives it to you, as no movie has in some years.

May 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Washington Post
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When the cast starts wondering where the roadkill is, someone says, 'Follow the smell.' Good tip: That's how you'll know where Wax is playing.

May 6, 2005 Full Review Source: USA Today
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A very stupid, very nasty and very messy horror film.

May 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Toronto Star
Toronto Star
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A 2005 review of this picture would've registered more shock from me...

November 24, 2010 Full Review Source: Film Freak Central
Film Freak Central

A stupid, brainless, and pointless horror installment with all the usual characters, and pretty bad acting all around...

May 5, 2010 Full Review Source: Cinema Crazed
Cinema Crazed

This Wax's infusion of Paris Hilton and flirty teen sex comedy retreads might have sent original wax maniac Vincent Price into spontaneous meltdown, without the need of heating fluid.

May 22, 2007 Full Review
Long Island Press

Not just fun and funny (don't forget, Paris Hilton's in it), but it's also surprisingly frightening.

February 26, 2007 Full Review Source: Film Journal International
Film Journal International

full review in Greek

October 3, 2006 Full Review Source: Movies for the Masses
Movies for the Masses

Apparent kills are left unverified, handy firearms are left untouched, and the group splits up a record four times, ensuring most of these dolts will never see the dawn.

December 6, 2005 Full Review Source: Film Threat
Film Threat

Mal actuada, mal editada, previsible de principio a fin y sin terror alguno de por medio, es una de esas cintas que deberían haberse quedado en la fase de proyecto.

November 26, 2005

Now, if you can just stay sane until the actual slasher portion of the flick takes off, you might be okay.

November 14, 2005 Full Review Source: Needcoffee.com
Needcoffee.com

It's a bloody, messy little throwback that unintentionally brushes against fetish since it eventually dips so many of its hotties in hot wax.

November 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Bangor Daily News (Maine)
Bangor Daily News (Maine)

House of Wax aims low and hits the mark. It has all the gory bloodshed you could ask for and all the right special effects.

October 19, 2005 Full Review Source: Movie Metropolis
Movie Metropolis

After one gets past the trendy casting of Paris Hilton, this above-average horror flick actually surfaces from the bloody pit of remakes clutching a few decent ideas.

September 2, 2005 Full Review Source: Combustible Celluloid | Comment (1)
Combustible Celluloid

The whole thing is vacuously enjoyable, downright nasty in places and, despite the fact that the ending is rushed, has a pretty spectacular finish.

July 21, 2005 Full Review Source: RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)

The film's storyline has more in common with Manos, The Hands of Fate than the original House of Wax.

June 28, 2005 Full Review Source: eFilmCritic.com
eFilmCritic.com

This is a well-made film with a lot more gore than you're expecting and a lot less humor than you're expecting.

June 16, 2005 Full Review Source: FromTheBalcony

It adheres strictly to teen-slasher formula before simply melting away.

June 14, 2005 Full Review
Denton Record Chronicle (TX)

Qualquer filme no qual Paris Hilton se revele a figura mais sensata certamente tem algo de muito errado.

June 4, 2005 Full Review Source: Cinema em Cena
Cinema em Cena

Meanwhile, the audience wonders when Paris Hilton will be eviscerated for their enjoyment.

June 4, 2005 Full Review Source: FilmFocus

[House of Wax] gleefully trots out all the clichés of the genre before going out in a blaze of glory with a truly spectacular final act.

May 26, 2005 Full Review Source: ViewLondon
ViewLondon

Makes up for its idiot plot with a gallon of gore.

May 24, 2005 Full Review Source: BBC.com
BBC.com

Plastic Paris looks right at home in this melted down remake.

May 23, 2005 Full Review
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Audience Reviews for House of Wax

Infuriating movie full of clichés and stupid characters who are there only to be slaughtered in juicy, gruesome deaths - the only effective thing in this idiotic mess, I must add. But we have to go through a lot of nothing to get to the good part.
March 24, 2013
blacksheepboy

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I was kind of looking forward to this remake. Obviously the main reason was because Paris Hilton was going to get killed on screen. Everyone was talking about it; unfortunately this remake of the Vincent Price classic is a terrible film. The film is plagued by a terrible cast; I mean they got Paris Hilton in the film. Right off the bat, it should give you a hint that this film wouldn't be great, right? Her other cast mates are very bad as well, Elisha Cuthburt though very attractive, can't act. Brian Van Holt here as the villain is fairly good, but unfortunately, his acting doesn't redeem this piece of garbage. House of Wax suffers from the usual remake formula, a star studded teen cast, that teenagers can relate to with cheap scares and gore. Don't get me wrong, I love gore and cheap scares. But when there well done, not when they're done in a way that demands it, like if it's the only trick the filmmaker can generate out of his film, then it doesn't work. House of Wax lacks anything that can make a good horror film appealing to its audience, and when it's finally over, you're left irritated by how stupid this film truly was. A very disappointing film and one that could have been good. Instead, House of Wax is nearly 2 hours of wasted potential on screen, something that could have been great, but is ultimately sunk by its terrible cast. Luckily Director Jaume Collet-Serra made a much better film in Orphan, which incorporated old school horror elements with thrills. However he clearly missed the mark with this film. Not even Paris' on screen death makes up for the film.
June 2, 2012
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Jeff "The Dude" Lebowski

Super Reviewer

The best part of this film was probably Paris Hilton, and that's not even saying alot.
October 2, 2011
Eric Alvarez

Super Reviewer

Really great horror film. Chad Michael Murray was amazing. Scared me quite a lot - extremely spooky!
June 23, 2011
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Bethany Murphy

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    1. Nick: [looking at a wax statue] You're saying that that's a real person... underneath?
    – Submitted by Ibraheem M (2 years ago)
    1. Carly: This Vincent guy is quite the artist.
    2. Wade: Yeah. I think this Vincent guy needs therapy.
    – Submitted by Ibraheem M (2 years ago)
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