In 2005 a little horror movie called A House of Wax was released in theaters. Grossing 70 million dollars against a 40 million dollar budget proved it to be a moderate success. It was a remake of the 1953 film also entitled House of Wax. One of the stars was Paris Hilton. Sadly the majority of the promotion featured only Paris, and by that I mean it was mostly like “Hey a horror movie with Paris Hilton” No real emphasis was even put on the plot, or anything other than the fact that Paris Hilton was popular at the time, and she was in this film. Over time the film became much more than that. It generated a very large cult following. Heck on of the stars is Jared Padalecki, before his Supernatural run. It’s a very good horror film, and now Scream Factory is releasing it in a special collector’s edition.
House of Wax is a hybrid of Texas Chainsaw Massacre, and of course the original House of Wax, that is, in my opinion. The film features a group of friends, Carly, Nick, Wade, Blake, Dalton, and Paige. There all driving out to a big football game when they reach a small town and decide to camp out for the night. During the night someone comes in and sabotages the belt on one their cars. They also discover a pit filled with dead animals. Carly and Wade meet a stranger named Lester who offers to take them into the little town up ahead called Ambrose to fix their car, while the others head off to watch the football game, assuming the other two will just meet them there.
The town is actually almost abandoned. To kill time while waiting Carly and Wade head over to the towns main attraction. Trudy’s House of Wax. Not only is this place a wax museum but the house itself is also made of wax. The problem her is that Bo, the man who tells them he can get them a new belt is psychotic and he and his brother grab the couple, they glue Carly’s lip with wax and dip Wade’s entire body in wax. Turns out the brothers are actually separated conjoined twins. Bo looks semi normal where as Vincent wears a wax mask to cover the marks left from the surgery used to separate them.
As this is going on the others realize that Wade and Carly are not coming and decide to head back to the town to find them. When they arrive they do have to battle it out with the two evil brothers as it turns out, and no this really is not a spoiler, the wax figures are actually people dipped in wax and used as more realistic models. Turns out Bo and Vincent have been doing this to strangers for quiet some time.
Great special effect and tons of gore really make this a winner with the horror crowd. The story is actually very good and it’s leaps and bounds more intense than the original. I said how the majority of the advertising was to highlight Paris Hilton, and I must say she did a fantastic job as Paige Edwards, one of Carly’s friends. In fact the entire cast from Chad Michael Murray, Elisha Cuthbert, and of course Jared Padalecki all do fantastic. The chemistry between the group is fantastic, and the frantic pace keeps the film moving along at a great speed. Bloody, violent, you name it, it’s a great film.
The fine folks at Scream Factory have done an amazing job on this transfer. The film looks and sounds fantastic. The video is crisp and clear, all of the dark scenes, to which there are man all look fantastic. The audio transfer is superb as well, and it sounds like you are being chased in your own living room when watching. The score in this film is quiet good as well, and this transfer really shows it off. As its Scream Factory its also loaded with special features.
NEW 2K Scan Of The Interpositive
NEW Die, My Darling – An Interview With Actress Paris Hilton
NEW The Tale Of Blake And Paige – An Interview With Actor Robert Ri’chard
NEW Organ Grinder – An Interview With Composer John Ottman
NEW To Me, They Live And Breathe – An Interview With Makeup Effects Artist Jason Baird
B-Roll And Bloopers Video Cast Commentary
From Location: Joel Silver Reveals The House Of Wax
Wax On: The Design Of House Of Wax
The House Built On Wax: The Visual Effects Of House Of Wax
Alternate Opening: Jennifer Killed
Vintage Interviews With Cast And Crew From The Electronic Press Kit
Like I said this is a great movie, and Scream Factory has once again done a marvelous job with everything included. It’s a must for fans and collectors alike. Pick this one up right away.
Overall 3.5 out of 5 Stars!