ⓘ House of Wax (2005 film)

House of Wax (2005 film)

ⓘ House of Wax (2005 film)

House of Wax is a 2005 slasher film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and written by Charles Belden, Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes, based on a story by Belden. The film stars Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, Brian Van Holt, Paris Hilton, Jared Padalecki, Jon Abrahams and Robert Richard. It is a loose remake of the 1953 film of the same name, itself a remake of the 1933 film Mystery of the Wax Museum.

House of Wax premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival and was released in United States theaters on May 6, 2005, by Warner Bros. Pictures. The film grossed over $70 million worldwide and received generally negative reviews from critics, who criticized its lack of originality, screenplay and characters, but praised the performances and atmosphere.


1. Plot

Carly, her boyfriend Wade, her brother Nick, her best friend Paige, Paiges boyfriend Blake, and Nicks friend Dalton are on their way to a football game in Louisiana. The night before the game they camp in a field. A stranger in a pickup truck arrives, then leaves when Nick smashes one of his headlights.

The next morning, Wade discovers that his cars fan belt is broken and Carly falls into a pit of rotting animal carcasses. After rescuing her, the group meet Lester, who drives Carly and Wade to the nearby town of Ambrose for a new fan belt while the rest go to the football game.

Carly and Wade find Ambrose is virtually a ghost town. At the church they find a funeral in progress and meet Bo, a mechanic, who offers to sell them a fan belt after the funeral. While they wait, they visit the central feature of the town: "Trudys House of Wax", a wax museum which is itself made of wax.

They follow Bo to his house to get the right size fan belt, where Wade is knocked unconscious by Bos twin brother Vincent. Vincent wears a wax mask to cover his face, disfigured from where the twins were once conjoined. Outside, Carly notices a broken headlight on Bos truck and realizes he is the man who visited the campsite.

Bo captures Carly and restrains her in the cellar of the gas station, gluing her lips shut. Vincent strips Wade naked and straps him to a chair, where he is both injected with and covered in molten wax.

Nick, Dalton, Paige and Blake realize they will not arrive at the game in time. Paige and Blake return to the campsite while Nick and Dalton arrive in town looking for Carly and Wade. Nick asks Bo about Carlys whereabouts. When she tries to gain Nicks attention, Bo cuts off the tip of Carlys finger, but she manages to tear her lips apart and screams for help. Nick fends off Bo and frees Carly while Dalton finds Wade, who is unable to move in his wax coating. Peeling off the wax, Dalton realizes that Wades skin is coming away with it. Vincent beheads Dalton with a machete. Nick and Carly realize that the wax figures are real people covered in wax; Bo and Vincent have been luring people in and covering them in wax to make the figures look more realistic.

Back at the campsite, Vincent arrives and kills Blake, then chases Paige to an abandoned sugar mill, where he throws a metal pipe through her forehead. Bo and Vincent return to chase Carly and Nick into the House of Wax. Carly beats Bo to death with a baseball bat. Nick unintentionally sets the house on fire and the figures start to melt, as does the entire museum. Vincent chases Carly to the top floor where she stabs him. His body falls through the floor, landing on top of his brothers corpse. Carly and Nick escape the House of Wax as it melts to the ground.

The next day, the police arrive and report that Ambrose has been abandoned for ten years since the local sugar mill failed. As Nick and Carly are taken to a hospital, the Sheriff learns that Bo and Vincent had a third brother. From inside the ambulance, Carly spots Lester with his dog, waving them goodbye as they are driven out of town.


2. Cast

  • Chad Michael Murray as Nick Jones
  • Paris Hilton as Paige Edwards
  • Emma Lung as Jennifer uncredited
  • Elisha Cuthbert as Carly Jones
  • Jon Abrahams as Dalton Chapman
  • Jared Padalecki as Wade Felton
  • Andy Anderson as Sheriff
  • Dragicia Debert as Trudy Sinclair
  • Robert Richard as Blake Johnson
  • Damon Herriman as Lester Sinclair
  • Brian Van Holt as Bo and Vincent Sinclair
  • Murray Smith as Dr. Victor Sinclair

3. Lawsuit

In January 2006, Village Roadshow Studios owners Village Theme Park Management and Warner Brothers Movie World Australia announced they were suing special effects expert David Fletcher and Wax Productions because of a fire on the set during production.

The $7 million lawsuit alleges that Mr. Fletcher and Wax Productions were grossly negligent over the fire, which destroyed part of the Gold Coasts Warner Bros. Movie World studios. The alleged grounds of negligence included not having firefighters on stand-by and using timber props near a naked flame. The set where the fire broke out has now been demolished and is a field kept for Movie World for future projects.


4. Release

Opening in 3.111 theaters, the film grossed $12 million in its opening weekend. House of Wax earned $70 million worldwide, $32 million of which came from North American receipts. House of Wax also earned $42 million in VHS/DVD rentals. The film premiered at several festivals, including Toronto International Film Festival, New York Film Critics Circle, Tribeca Film Festival, Los Angeles Brazilian Film Festival, BFI London Film Festival, among others.


5. Reception

On Rotten Tomatoes the film has an approval rating of 26% based on 157 reviews, and the average rating is 4.28/10. The sites consensus reads, "Bearing little resemblance to the 1953 original, House of Wax is a formulaic but better-than-average teen slasher flick." On Metacritic, which uses an average of critics reviews, the film has a weighted average score of 41 out of 100 based on 36 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews". Audiences polled by CinemaScore gave the film an average grade of "C+" on an A+ to F scale.

Chicago Sun-Times film critic Roger Ebert gave the film two out of four stars and wrote, House of Wax is not a good movie, but it is an efficient one and will deliver most of what anyone attending House of Wax could reasonably expect.assuming it would be unreasonable to expect very much." He said of Hiltons performance that "she is no better or worse than the typical Dead Post-Teenager and does exactly what she is required to do in a movie like this, with all the skill - admittedly finite - that is required." Film critic Stephen Hunter of The Washington Post called it a "guilty pleasure" and wrote that it gives horror fans exactly what they want. Mick LaSalle of the San Francisco Chronicle rated it 4/5 stars and wrote, "After a month, no one will talk about this movie again. Still, with a picture like this, there is really only one question: Is it fun? Yes. Lots. Definitely." Bruce Westbrook of the Houston Chronicle called it boring and poorly-acted, though he complimented Cuthbert and Murray. A. O. Scott of The New York Times wrote, "The set design is fairly elaborate by the standards of the genre, and the victims dont die in precisely the order you might expect, but everything else goes pretty much according to formula".


6. Soundtrack

House of Wax: Music from the Motion Picture is the title of a publicly released soundtrack used for House of Wax, consisting of commercially recorded songs. A second album, simply titled House of Wax, was released containing the film score, composed by John Ottman.

There is a song appearing in the film which is not integrated in the soundtrack. It is "Roland" by Interpol, and appears in the scene when the group decides to camp over the night at the beginning of the film. The song that plays during the end credits is "Helena" by My Chemical Romance.

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