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House of Wax (1953)

Directors: André De Toth
Starring: Vincent Price

Genre: Horror



Synopsis:
"A diabolical double-bill of Warner Bros. horror greats!

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." - from DVD Pacific


My oppinion:
After seeing it's high rating (for a horror movie) on IMDB, I was really looking forward to this one. I must say I was a bit disappointed in the end. Seeing Vincent Price is always a highpoint, and it was this time as well. My main problem with it was that the plot was very predictable from the beginning to the end. I was never in any doubt about what the ending was going to be, and that always annoys me. I've read that this is one of the best older 3D movies, and that might be right, but I saw a regular version, and I feel perhaps the rating on IMDB would be worse if everyone had seen the version I did..?
Anyhow, in my opinion , Vincent Price makes it interesting enough to sit through, and it wasn't all bad. It had it's moments. For me, any movie with Price is worth checking out, but if you want to see some of his work, I'd check out some of his other movies first.


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