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House of Wax

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  • Actors: Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, Brian Van Holt, Paris Hilton, Jared Padalecki
  • Directors: Jaume Collet-serra
  • Writers: Charles Belden, Chad Hayes, Carey W. Hayes
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, DVD-Video, NTSC, Subtitled, Widescreen
  • 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: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Canadian Home Video Rating : Ages 18 and over
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Studio: Warner Bros. Home Video
  • Release Date: Oct. 25 2005
  • Run Time: 113 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars 21 customer reviews
  • ASIN: B000AM4P9K
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #16,747 in DVD (See Top 100 in DVD)
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House of Wax (2005) (DVD) (WS)(O-Sleeve)

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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.

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It's best if you don't look at House of Wax as a remake of the Vincent Price classic, as the two have very little in common. Still, it's hard not to go into this movie with a slightly negative attitude, given that whole "remake" stigma and the fact that Paris Hilton plays a significant part in the story. Personally, I pretty much expected to be disappointed. The first half hour didn't do anything to change my perspective, really. You've got a stereotypical group of young people camping out in the woods on their way to a big football game, and you eventually start asking yourself, "Wasn't there supposed to be a whole House of Wax thing in this movie?" There's a menacing truck kind of thing, but that's about as scary as cutting your fingernails. Still, you do get to know the characters a little bit - not that you would really want to know most of them. The only interesting character is Carly (Elisha Cuthbert), a seemingly smart young lady with an actual future. She's unhappy because her friend Paige (Paris Hilton) and her loverboy invited her brother Nick (Chad Michael Murray) and his loser friend along on the trip, as it sort of puts a cramp in her lifeless style of her boyfriend Wade (Jared Padalecki). Nick's supposedly a tough guy with a prison record, living up to his label as the evil half of the Jones twins.

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.
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Wow, do the kids in this movie really want to die. There are six college students traveling in two cars to a football game and they decide to spend the night in a field near a small town in the middle of nowhere. When a pickup truck shows up and the driver refuses to turn off the lights, get out of the truck, or say anything, one of the kids breaks a headlight and the pickup backs away. So, do the kids pack up and run away? No, they do not. They go to sleep. But, hey, why not? What is the worst thing that can happen to you in the middle of the night if you are sleeping in tents in the middle of a field after you tick off one of the locals?

Actually, the answer to that is not much relatively speaking, given that this is the opening act of this 2005 splatter flick. If you think that Nick Jones (Chad Michael Murray) has a death wish that is nothing compared to Wade (Jared Padalecki), who establishes what could be a record for going into the wrong places in a horror movie. The only other contender for that crown would be the last pair left alive in the film, one of whom is obviously going to be Elisha Cuthbert's Carly Jones, sister to Nick and girl friend to Wade. This is not just because her name appears first in the credits but also because she is clearly privileged in the film's opening as the character most likely to still be alive by the end credits (plus she knows that you are only limited to three strikes when it comes to baseball or felony convictions). The other potential young corpses in the group are Paige Edwards (Paris Hilton, who obviously has great potential in this regard) and her boyfriend, Blake (Robert Ri'chard), and Dalton Chapman (Jon Abrahams), who is so goofy that you know if he dies it is going to be either really gross or a big fake out.
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