House of Wax
House of Wax (1953)

Ever been creeped out by the life-like statues at a wax museum? Yes? But have you ever recognized your old roommate behind the glass? Vincent Price plays the menacing Professor Henry Jarrod, in a role that would solidify his reputation as… More

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Rated: PG
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Release Date: August 5, 2003
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Critic Score: 95% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: House of Wax is a 3-D horror delight that combines the atmospheric eerieness of the wax museum with the always chilling presence of Vincent Price.

TIME Magazine

An intermittently gripping shocker.

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Bosley Crowther
New York Times

Dimly we foresee movie audiences embalmed in three-dimensional wax and sound.

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Mike McGranaghan
Aisle Seat

House of Wax has gone down in the books as a classic, but now, finally, it can be appreciated in the form it was always meant to be seen in. There is no need to ever watch it in 2D again.

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Variety Staff
Variety

Casting is competent, Vincent Price is capital as the No. 1 menace.

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Tom Milne
Time Out

De Toth brings off one classic sequence with Kirk fleeing through the gaslit streets pursued by a shadowy figure in a billowing cloak.

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Ralph Novak
People Magazine

de Toth used foreground objects and actors' entrances and exits to flaunt the effects of depth.

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Dave Kehr
Chicago Reader

The effects are done with playfulness, zest, and some imagination (they range from a barker batting paddleballs in your face to a murderer leaping from the row in front of you), making this the most entertaining of the gimmick 3-Ds.

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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

In any number of dimensions, it's a delightfully garish exercise in low-grade creeps.

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Alan Jones
Radio Times

[A] glorious-looking slice of gothic horror, which also helped establish Vincent Price as a horror icon.

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Flixster Audience Score: 72% Flixster User Reviews
Spencer S.
So many things in film production changed after this film was made. Not only that but the way films are distributed, it gave Vincent Price a newfound purpose as… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
Simple but effective, look for Charles Bronson in a support role.
Tim Salmons
House of Wax lives up to its reputation as one of Vincent Price's finest films. The film can also be a contender for an early giallo film story-wise. It… More
Alex roy
The original House Of Wax starring Vincent Price is a masterpiece of horror. The film is a remake of the 1933 film The Mystery Of The Wax Museum and it succeeds… More
Sophie Burgess
Such an enjoyable and interesting film which kept me gripped and involved as I tried to figure out the twists and turns as they happened on screen. A brilliant… More
Michael Edwards
An interesting plot and a very dark movie for the 50s

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