House of Wax

1953, Horror, 1h 28m

43 Reviews 25,000+ Ratings

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House of Wax is a 3-D horror delight that combines the atmospheric eerieness of the wax museum with the always chilling presence of Vincent Price. Read critic reviews

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Wax sculptor Henry (Vincent Price) is horrified to learn that his business partner, Matthew (Roy Roberts), plans on torching their wax museum to collect on the insurance policy. Henry miraculously survives a fiery confrontation with Matthew and re-emerges some years hence with a museum of his own. But when the appearance of Henry's new wax sculptures occurs at the same time that a number of corpses vanish from the city morgue, art student Sue Allen (Phyllis Kirk) begins suspecting wrongdoing.

Cast & Crew

Vincent Price
Prof. Henry Jarrod
Frank Lovejoy
Lt. Tom Brennan
Paul Picerni
Scott Andrews
Roy Roberts
Matthew Burke
Angela Clarke
Mrs. Andrews
Paul Cavanagh
Sidney Wallace
Dabbs Greer
Sgt. Jim Shane
Reggie Rymal
The barker
Philip Tonge
Bruce Allison (uncredited)
Jack Mower
Detective (uncredited)
Charles Belden
Writer
Bryan Foy
Producer
David Buttolph
Original Music
Bert Glennon
Cinematographer
J. Peverell Marley
Cinematographer
Howard Shoup
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Critic Reviews for House of Wax

All Critics (43) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (41) | Rotten (2)

  • An intermittently gripping shocker.

    October 17, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Casting is competent, Vincent Price is capital as the No. 1 menace.

    October 7, 2008 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    September 24, 2007 | Full Review…
  • A film in which just about every technical and dramatic gambit has been judged to near perfection.

    September 24, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • Dimly we foresee movie audiences embalmed in three-dimensional wax and sound.

    March 25, 2006 | Full Review…
  • De Toth brings off one classic sequence with Kirk fleeing through the gaslit streets pursued by a shadowy figure in a billowing cloak.

    February 9, 2006
  • An intermittently gripping shocker.

    October 17, 2011 | Full Review…
  • Casting is competent, Vincent Price is capital as the No. 1 menace.

    October 7, 2008 | Full Review…
  • 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.

    September 24, 2007 | Full Review…
  • A film in which just about every technical and dramatic gambit has been judged to near perfection.

    September 24, 2007 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…
  • House of Wax is a film in horror history that, while experiencing varying success with each of its three inductions, can not be overlooked.

    January 28, 2021 | Full Review…
  • Price can't help but to be perfect as an evil mastermind, tossing about ominous stares and deceptively gentle chatter.

    August 23, 2020 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for House of Wax

  • Dec 26, 2011
    Such an enjoyable and interesting film which kept me gripped and involved as I tried to figure out the twists and turns as they happened on screen. A brilliant cast which really does the characters justice, especially Price, Gray and Picerni. Definitely watch again.
    Sophie B Super Reviewer
  • Dec 22, 2011
    Vincent Price is the man â?¥ A must see horror film, in the standard of the past was considered very chilling.
    Sylvester K Super Reviewer
  • Jun 19, 2011
    The original House Of Wax starring Vincent Price is a masterpiece of horror. The film is a remake of the 1933 film The Mystery Of The Wax Museum and it succeeds in being a classic film all it's own. House Of Wax is a terrifying film that is superbly acted about a wax sculptor who creates wax sculptures using people. With a fairly creepy premise for a film, and with Vincent Price in tow, House Of Wax is an accomplished horror film that remains a classic of the genre. The film is a near flawless masterpiece and its atmosphere is terrifying. Vincent Price is simply phenomenal in his role and it's understandable why he's such a horror icon. Some of the scenes that stuck with me is the nighttime chase sequence and when a character recognizes one of her friends that disappeared a few days earlier in the wax museum as a sculpture. The film is superbly acted and directed. This is one of the essential classic horror films to watch. An enjoyable and atmospheric horror film, House Of Wax is a truly well paced horror film that brings on genuine jolts. If you want to see a true classic of horror, then look no further than House Of Wax. The film is along with other horror greats such as King Kong, The Mummy and The Blob, one of the most enduring classics of the genre. Also worth mentioning in this review is a small part by a very young Charles Bronson. As a Bronson fan, I enjoyed this very much. House Of Wax remains one of best classic horror films ever filmed.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Feb 28, 2011
    An interesting plot and a very dark movie for the 50s
    Michael E Super Reviewer

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