- Actors: Chad Michael Murray, Paris Hilton, Elisha Cuthbert, Brian Van Holt, Jared Padalecki
- Directors: Jaume Collet-Serra
- Writers: Carey Hayes, Chad Hayes, Charles Belden
- Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, Subtitled, NTSC
- Language: English
- Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
- Dubbed: French, Spanish
- Region: Region 1 (US and Canada This DVD will probably NOT be viewable in other countries. Read more about DVD formats.)
- Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
- Number of discs: 1
- MPAA Rating:
- Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
- Release Date: Oct. 25 2005
- Run Time: 108 minutes
- Average Customer Review: 28 customer reviews
- ASIN: B000AM4P9U
- Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #63,287 in Movies & TV Shows (See Top 100 in Movies & TV Shows)
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House of Wax (2005) (Full Screen) (Sous-titres français)
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Six nubile twentysomethings are en route to a basebell game when (surprise surprise) they break down. They stay overnight in a creepy forest, only to have their car sabotaged by a mystery driver -- and just how does a fan belt break in a stopped car? Sabotage. A few hitch a ride into the town, and soon find that the town is even weirder than an episode of "The Simple Life."
The feel is 1960s-ish. The buildings are literally made of wax. Corpses are being dumped in pits in the woods. And there is a creepy museum called the House of Wax, with some very suspicious-looking figures in it. And worst of all, someone seems to be hell-bent on adding our clueless protagonists to the House of Wax.
To be honest, "House of Wax" reminds me of an old "Get Smart" episode I once saw, except that that episode was more fun. In fact, "House of Wax" is so cliched and so bad that it actually comes across as a parody. We have clueless young people, girls in skimpy attire (including Hilton in red lingerie), redneck psychos, blood and body parts, and death by sharp objects. All it needs is a screaming virgin.
Well, at least it doesn't pretend to be clever or innovative. It doesn't even try.
What is good? The wax effects, and the climactic blaze. And it does have some entertainment value as a cliched cheesefest. The script is a bad hybrid of "Halloween," Vincent Price, and one of the worse episodes of "X-Files," and sadly the direction follows in kind. It has a B-movie flavour, despite the more polished filming techniques.
The climax is probably the most worthwhile part of the whole movie, when a fire causes the House of Wax to melt. The special effects are pretty amusing. Seeing people fall through stairs and walls is actually kind of fun, as is the gruesome scene where we see someone getting a wax job. (Rim shot)
The acting here is strictly scream-horror fare, meaning it's bad. Not entertainingly bad, just forgettably bad. Despite the unsurprising disaster of Hilton's performance, she's no better or worse than the other stars here, such as Elisha Cuthbert or Chad Michael Murray. All of them are playing one-note idiots -- acting doesn't enter into it, and the best moments are right before people die.
The most entertainment "House of Wax" can bring you is a drinking time, where you take a swig every time a horror cliche comes up, or a character does something moronic. You'll be passed out before Hilton dies.
Nothing really happens until Wade wakes up to find his car has been damaged. While their friends head off to the big game, Wade and Carly make their way to the nearby town of Ambrose, home of the once-famous Trudy House of Wax, in search of a fan belt. They should have known things just weren't right when they found the town basically deserted, with Whatever Happened to Baby Charlotte? listed on the marquee of the local movie house. Wade's a real nosy Ned who thinks he has the right to trespass anywhere he pleases, including the closed wax museum. The pair do manage to find a mechanic eventually, though, which sounds like a good thing but really isn't - because that's when things finally begin to take a rather gruesome, bloody turn. In time, all of the major characters find their way into the increasingly surreal town of Ambrose - but all of them do not make it back out. As you can probably deduce by the title, the designated bad guy(s) here are much too lazy to make wax sculptures from scratch - it's just so much easier (not to mention more lifelike) when you can just cover an actual person in wax.
Much to my surprise, this actually turned out to be a pretty good slasher film. The problem, of course, is the fact that we're so inured to slasher films that it's almost impossible to make a really effective one anymore. For me, the whole situation never managed to generate a truly effective sense of menace. For one thing, there's no mystery as to who the bad guys are; even Shaggy and Scooby Doo could have figured this one out, since there are only two people in the whole town. Wax or no wax, we've seen all of this before. Some of the deaths are fairly entertaining, though (although I would have preferred more gore and a more direct look at the actual killing moments).
These aren't the brightest kids you'll ever see. First off, they go and take a shortcut on their big road trip - that always lead you to some detour into the heart of hillbilly monster country. When they should be running, they choose instead to try and hide underneath the nose of the killers, and, naturally, they actually keep going back into danger to try and find their missing friends. If I ever find myself in a ghost town full of wax dummies, hunted by some sick freak wanting to add me to an exhibit in his wax museum, I'm going to run until my legs fall off. After all, friendship means not having to say you're sorry when you leave your buddies behind to die horrible deaths. I don't guess that would make an interesting movie, though.
I guess I should address the whole Paris Hilton thing here. Believe it or not, she is not the worst actress in Hollywood; you aren't going to spend any time at the water cooler telling your buddies what an incredible performance Paris gave in this film, but she isn't all that bad in a role such as this. She could never have handled the primary role of Carly (since, after all, we're supposed to root for Carly to survive), but she's quite acceptable as fodder for deranged killers.
This film is a sad excuse for, yet, another teen movie. Big names, pretty people, stupid ideas, stupid lines and crap. A million big title, terrible bands, with a few exceptions, including Interpol, this film is a waste of time.
As a fan of the genre and the original two versions, I must adamantly beg you to not bother. Don't dull your mind by watching this film. Watch the Texas Chainsaw Massacre or the Dawn of the Dead re-makes, but don't watch the House of Wax, The Haunting, House on Haunted Hill or The Amityville Horror. Watch the originals when talent was more important than looks.
At least the aforementioned were interesting and stuck to their original intent. This film seems to ignore it's predeccesors and plan to dominate the world in true ridiculous Hollywood-fashion.
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