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House of Wax Reviews

May 14, 2005
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 9, 2005
It had a great sense of humor about itself.
May 6, 2005
You'll be rooting for these people to get slaughtered out of sheer boredom.
May 6, 2005
This movie gives it to you, as no movie has in some years.
May 6, 2005
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 6, 2005
A very stupid, very nasty and very messy horror film.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/4
May 6, 2005
It's nowhere near as punishing as Rob Zombie's House of 1,000 Corpses, but it's increasingly tense and resourceful and, in the end, it gets the sick job done.
May 6, 2005
Wretched excuse for a horror flick.
Full Review | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 6, 2005
The debut feature from director Jaume Collet-Serra does two things rare in the horror genre: It takes its time and it actually gets better as it goes along.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
May 6, 2005
A standard-issue 'dead teenager movie.'
Read More | Original Score: 1/5
May 6, 2005
The movie would have been creepier if it had shut us inside the museum, and given us more creative wax-based killings instead of revisiting familiar slasher-flick stuff.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 6, 2005
A remake in title only, this House of Wax is mostly inspired by The Twilight Zone and the Friday the 13th movies.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 6, 2005
Yet for a so-called exploitation film, Wax is slow to exploit. Its leisurely setup is a fright-challenged snooze, and at nearly two hours it's bloated for a slasher flick.
Read More | Original Score: 1.5/4
May 6, 2005
The original was shot in 3-D; this, by contrast, is 1-D all the way.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 6, 2005
There is not one redeeming moment in this movie, unless you consider Paris Hilton stripping down to her underwear and getting killed redeeming.
Read More | Original Score: C+
May 6, 2005
The acting in House of Wax is as horrible as you might expect.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 6, 2005
The acting in House of Wax ranges from bad to worse.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 6, 2005
House of Wax is not a good movie but it is an efficient one, and will deliver most of what anyone attending House of Wax could reasonably expect, assuming it would be unreasonable to expect very much.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 5, 2005
Related to the 1953 Vincent Price film in name, embalming technique and Warner Bros. pedigree only, the new House of Wax is a dreary, predictable tale.
Full Review | Original Score: 1/5
May 5, 2005
The set design is fairly elaborate by the standards of the genre, and the victims don't die in precisely the order you might expect, but everything else goes pretty much according to formula.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/5
May 5, 2005
A by-the-numbers slasher flick.
Read More | Original Score: 2/5
May 5, 2005
House of Wax is a sturdy and cohesive representative of what tends to be a flimsy and tawdry B-movie genre.
Read More | Original Score: 2.5/4
May 5, 2005
A crummy horror flick.
Full Review | Original Score: D
May 5, 2005
A horror movie can get away with a lot, but once it crosses a certain line, it is insulting to viewers. House of Wax crosses that line.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 5, 2005
As slick as it is, House of Wax basically serves up the kind of gory, oozing jolts that will transport some toward a kind of antic release and others towards the nearest exits.
Read More | Original Score: 2/4
May 5, 2005
The remake of House of Wax anchors itself firmly in the time-honored tradition of horror exploitations.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
May 5, 2005
There's more to good filmmaking than buying the rights to a classic title.
May 4, 2005
Hilton runs the gamut of emotions from A to A-minus, and the others look desperate to forget that this dazzlingly dumb debacle will be on their resumes.
Read More | Original Score: 1/4
May 4, 2005
A museum of gory, joyless, easy shocks.
Full Review | Original Score: C
May 3, 2005
First-time director Jaume Collet-Serra lingers over the victims at lengths discomfortingly gratuitous even by slasher standards. But he also demonstrates a droll touch.
April 28, 2005
The characters are about as intelligent as their waxen alter-egos, making it impossible to care too much about what happens to them.
April 26, 2005
Characters are rote and unremarkable, plot devices predictable and the camera cheats by sticking close to actors so a viewer cannot see from where the next shock will come.