House of Wax Reviews

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Prairie Miller
Long Island Press
May 22, 2007
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.
Kevin Allison
Film Journal International
February 26, 2007
Not just fun and funny (don't forget, Paris Hilton's in it), but it's also surprisingly frightening.
Jeffrey M. Anderson
Combustible Celluloid
September 2, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Harry Guerin
RTE Interactive (Dublin, Ireland)
July 21, 2005
The whole thing is vacuously enjoyable, downright nasty in places and, despite the fact that the ending is rushed, has a pretty spectacular finish.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Bill Clark
FromTheBalcony
June 16, 2005
This is a well-made film with a lot more gore than you're expecting and a lot less humor than you're expecting.
Full Review | Original Score: B
Anton Bitel
Movie Gazette
May 27, 2005
Full Review | Original Score: 7/10
Matthew Turner
ViewLondon
May 26, 2005
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Jamie Russell
BBC.com
May 24, 2005
Makes up for its idiot plot with a gallon of gore.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Rich Cline
Shadows on the Wall
May 22, 2005
This isn't so much a remake of the 1953 classic as a standard slasher movie grafted onto a familiar title.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Steve Newton
Georgia Straight
May 21, 2005
As far as gory, twisted, sharp-stick-through-the-f---in'-head slasher flicks go, the new House of Wax ain't too shabby.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
Mark Palermo
Coast (Halifax, Nova Scotia)
May 18, 2005
Serra brings the universal fear of disfigurement an old fashioned treatment, with natural pacing and a lack of abrasive special effects (until the terrific looking climax.)
JoBlo
JoBlo's Movie Emporium
May 14, 2005
Not a classic by any means, but satisfactory in the basics of the genre.
Full Review | Original Score: 6/10
Bob Strauss
Los Angeles Daily News
May 14, 2005
Fright films that deliver the shocking goods with noticeable dashes of wit and style are so hard to find these days, even a flawed one such as House of Wax deserves to be given a chance.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
Liz Braun
Jam! Movies
May 14, 2005
Should make horror fans quite content.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/5
Mark Pfeiffer
Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
May 10, 2005
House of Wax's violence is abrupt and gory, giving it an ick factor that surprises and repulses in a good way.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
Josh Larsen
Sun Publications (Chicago, IL)
May 9, 2005
Much of the film's running time is devoted to subtle provoking of primal fears...
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
Top Critic
Richard Roeper
Ebert & Roeper
May 9, 2005
It had a great sense of humor about itself.
Christian Toto
Washington Times
May 7, 2005
Don't blame Hilton for this misbegotten Wax job
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
Kevin A. Ranson
MovieCrypt.com
May 6, 2005
... doesn't look down upon its target audience... House both treats and terrorizes while legitimizing itself next to other slasher classics.
Full Review | Original Score: 3.0/4.0
Top Critic
Stephen Hunter
Washington Post
May 6, 2005
This movie gives it to you, as no movie has in some years.
Brent Simon
Shared Darkness
May 15, 2012
Urban Cinefile Critics
Urban Cinefile
October 18, 2008
Top Critic

Time Out
August 17, 2007
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Time Out
June 24, 2006
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AV Club
September 26, 2005

Sydney Morning Herald
July 15, 2005
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St. Louis Post-Dispatch
July 5, 2005
David Edwards
Daily Mirror [UK]
June 7, 2005

Boston Phoenix
May 14, 2005
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