Several young hotties with car trouble stumble upon an eerily empty town where two of its citizens are crazed psychopaths who collect human corpses to be put on display in the local wax museum. The pretty actors are soon running for dear life with the crazed maniacs in hot pursuit.
Despite receiving harsh reviews, horror film fans may find "House of Wax (2005)" hugely entertaining. The story is pretty routine but this nasty little horror flick does offer some R-rated kills and spills that may please those undiscriminating gore hounds. And for those Paris Hilton haters out there, you may get a kick in watching the stiff-acting heiress get pursued and brutally impaled by one of the vicious killers.
For those who love the original film and are deciding to give this film a try, my advice to you is do not go into this expecting a Xerox copy. The Vincent Price classic was suspenseful, had a lot of mystery and was hugely imaginative while this updated version uses none of its plot elements. This is an in-name only remake. I guess you can say it pales in comparison but realistically speaking, a film produced in the 50's will have very little in common to a modern one and this new vision is a completely different animal. Also, do not expect Oscar-calibre acting, script-writing and production values. This is a by-the-numbers horror film and its sole purpose is to entertain those who like this kind of morbid unpleasantness. It is a slasher film, nothing more and like so many slasher films, before and after, it lacks suspense and logic and it did not set out to change the genre. With that said, it remains imaginative and you do get an attractive cast, lots of gore, a few genuinely intense scenes, a stylish setting and lots and lots of screaming. The films climax is also pretty spectacular though far-fetched but then again, I'm not committing 113 minutes of my life to this for realism and logic.