Mystery of the Wax Museum
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The Mystery of the Wax Museum begins in London in the 1920s. Lionel Atwill plays Ivan Igor, a brilliant sculptor who manages a wax museum. Regarding his historical creations as his friends, Igor refuses the entreaties of his business partner, Joe Worth (Edwin Maxwell), to turn his labor-of-love museum into a more profitable "house of horror." Worth responds by setting fire to the museum, hoping to collect the insurance; as Igor looks on in horror, his effigies of Marie Antoinette, Queen Victoria, et al. grotesquely melt to the floor. Flash-forward to 1933: New York City is plagued by… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 89%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This benefits from Anton Grot's excellent set design but suffers from the decision to make the central character an annoying reporter (Glenda Farrell) who's as much of a hindrance as she is a help to the police."
‑ Matt Brunson, Creative Loafing
"...the movie's quick-paced dialogue makes it a combination "Front Page" and "Frankenstein," representing two genres picking up steam in the early thirties."
‑ John J. Puccio, Movie Metropolis
"A true classic of horror."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"A fun weirdo classic pulp horror tale from the 1930s."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Mystery of the Wax Museum is not without its drawing cards, but it's nowhere near as fun as its eventual remake."
‑ Bill Chambers, Film Freak Central
"Has its share of creeps, but noteworthy for its early 2-strip Technicolor."
‑ Steve Crum,
"A swell mix of comedy and creepiness"
‑ James Sanford, Kalamazoo Gazette
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