House of Wax
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This simplified (but lavish) remake of the 1933 melodrama The Mystery of the Wax Museum was the most financially successful 3-D production of the 1950s. In his first full-fledged "horror" role, Vincent Price plays Prof. Henry Jarrod, the owner of a wax museum, whose partner, Matthew Burke (Roy Roberts), intends to burn the place down for the insurance money. When Jarrod tries to prevent Burke from torching the museum, he himself is trapped in the conflagration. Years pass: though now confined to a wheelchair, Jarrod manages to open up a new museum in New York, boasting the most… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 95%

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"An intermittently gripping shocker."
‑ , TIME Magazine
"Dimly we foresee movie audiences embalmed in three-dimensional wax and sound."
‑ Bosley Crowther, New York Times
"de Toth used foreground objects and actors' entrances and exits to flaunt the effects of depth."
‑ Ralph Novak, People Magazine
"It's a heckuva lot of fun."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"House of Wax was stunningly directed by Andre de Toth who used the new 3-D process to its fullest potential without bogging down the narrative with too many 'gee-look-what-I-can-do' tricks."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"Casting is competent, Vincent Price is capital as the No. 1 menace."
‑ Variety Staff, Variety
"De Toth brings off one classic sequence with Kirk fleeing through the gaslit streets pursued by a shadowy figure in a billowing cloak."
‑ Tom Milne, Time Out
"[A] glorious-looking slice of gothic horror, which also helped establish Vincent Price as a horror icon."
‑ Alan Jones, Radio Times
"Oh-so-delightfully creepy."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"A film in which just about every technical and dramatic gambit has been judged to near perfection."
‑ David Parkinson, Empire Magazine
"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."
‑ Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader
"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."
‑ Mike McGranaghan, Aisle Seat
"Unlike many 3D films from the original push in the 1950s, House of Wax stands on its own without the gimmick."
‑ Kevin Carr, 7M Pictures
"An extremely effective "unmasking" scene at the climax ... stands as one of the great shock moments in horror cinema."
‑ Steve Biodrowski, ESplatter
"Price brings a touch of creepy class to this otherwise middling B-level horror story."
‑ Nick Schager, Lessons of Darkness
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