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: April 10, 1953
DVD 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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Tim Brayton
Antagony & Ecstasy

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

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Variety Staff

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.

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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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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Martin Unsworth

The film's place in cinema history is already secured as it's genuinely one of the best of the fifties horror thrillers from Warner Bros, with Price at his best - being both sympathetic and sinister.

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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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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