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House of Wax


A group of unwitting teens are stranded near a strange wax museum and soon must fight to survive and keep from becoming the next exhibit.

Actors: Murray Smith , Dragicia Debert , Thomas Adamson , Robert Ri'chard , Jon Abrahams , Chad Michael Murray , Jared Padalecki , Brian Van Holt , Paris Hilton , Elisha Cuthbert
Directors: Jaume Collet-Serra
Release: 2005-05-06
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  • Stephen Hunter

    This movie gives it to you, as no movie has in some years. Okay, if that's not your part of the swamp, don't go into it.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • David Sterritt

    As a frightfest it's better than today's average.

    Christian Science Monitor Full Review
  • Mick LaSalle

    After a month, no one will talk about this movie, ever again. Still, with a picture like this, there's really only one question: Is it any fun? Yes. Lots. Definitely.

    San Francisco Chronicle Full Review
  • Connie Ogle

    House of Wax won't give you nightmares, but it upholds teen horror traditions with flair and energy.

    Miami Herald Full Review
  • David Hiltbrand

    A sturdy and cohesive representative of what tends to be a flimsy and tawdry B-movie genre. It even has a moral: People who live in wax houses shouldn't start fires.

    Philadelphia Inquirer Full Review
  • Jonathan Rosenbaum

    Formulaic but fairly well-done.

    Chicago Reader Full Review
  • M. E. Russell

    Sadly, director Jaume Serra has taken the Gothic premise of a madman casting his living victims in wax and, no doubt at the behest of copycat-hungry producers, turned House of Wax into yet another teens-versus-hillbillies slasher flick

    Portland Oregonian Full Review
  • Kirk Honeycutt

    Acting is similarly routine with the glorious exception of Hilton, who is so bad she steals the show.

    The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
  • Roger Ebert

    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.

    Chicago Sun-Times Full Review
  • Robert K. Elder

    Gratuitous gore and young, nubile flesh bind together a cardboard plot.

    Chicago Tribune Full Review
  • Jack Mathews

    It's a good thing Jaume Serra's House of Wax wasn't shot in 3-D like the original 1953 horror classic - Paris Hilton is in it and she doesn't have a third dimension.

    New York Daily News Full Review
  • Kyle Smith

    Treats us to some feverish decapitating, juicy stabbing and non-anesthetized fingertip removal.

    New York Post Full Review
  • James Berardinelli

    The problem is that the writing is too weak for me to come close to recommending it.

    ReelViews Full Review
  • Rick Groen

    The original was shot in 3-D; this, by contrast, is 1-D all the way.

    The Globe and Mail (Toronto) Full Review
  • Pete Vonder Haar

    Works best when it sticks to some of the tenets of successful horror; namely, gore and surprise.

    Film Threat Full Review
  • Gregory Kirschling

    Except for when Paris is on screen giving us the winking sex eye, Wax is just a museum of gory, joyless, easy shocks.

    Entertainment Weekly Full Review
  • Nathan Rabin

    Like too many horror movies these days, House of Wax goes for scares, but settles for being gory and deeply unpleasant.

    The A.V. Club Full Review
  • Benjamin Strong

    Only a nominal remake...Nevertheless, for gore aficionados (and probably no one else) the murders are worth the wait.

    Village Voice Full Review
  • Dana Stevens

    The set design is fairly elaborate by the standards of the genre, and the victims don't die in precisely the order you might expect, but everything else goes pretty much according to formula, including a last-minute plot twist that opens the creaky door to a sequel.

    The New York Times Full Review
  • Maitland McDonagh

    It delivers some bracingly nasty gore scenes, but there's no spark left in the run-scream-repeat formula, and a movie whose biggest draw is profoundly untalented hotel-fortune heiress Paris Hilton is in desperate need of some juice.

    TV Guide Full Review
  • Marrit Ingman

    Expect lots of Slasher Movie 101.

    Austin Chronicle Full Review
  • Stephanie Zacharek

    Paris Hilton is the big draw in Jaume Collet-Serra's not-really-a-remake horror-slasher thriller House of Wax, and she'd have to be: There's so little else going on in it that you find yourself waiting for her few brief scenes. Full Review
  • Jean Oppenheimer

    Manages to be gruesome and grisly, but not particularly creepy or frightening.

    Dallas Observer Full Review
  • David Edelstein

    Isn't bad as these things go, although these things go nowhere a healthy individual should want to. Having never claimed to be a healthy individual, I found it tolerable.

    Slate Full Review
  • Wesley Morris

    For Hilton haters, the stupid and grotesque remake of House of Wax will only stoke their schadenfreude.

    Boston Globe Full Review
  • Kevin Crust

    Related to the 1953 Vincent Price film in name, embalming technique and Warner Bros. pedigree only, the new House of Wax is a dreary, predictable tale.

    Los Angeles Times Full Review
  • Desson Thomson

    You'll be rooting for these people to get slaughtered out of sheer boredom.

    Washington Post Full Review
  • Peter Travers

    Purists, be warned: This scare-flick quickie has as much relation to the 1953 Vincent Price classic with the same title as Paris Hilton does to acting.

    Rolling Stone Full Review
  • Mike Clark

    When the cast starts wondering where the roadkill is, someone says, "Follow the smell." Good tip: That's how you'll know where Wax is playing.

    USA Today Full Review
  • Aaron Hillis

    A sadistically bland entertainment that oversells its reveals and lets its suspense drip so long that it would be nice if something (anything!) happened.

    Premiere Full Review
  • Michael Sragow

    Barf-bag baroque.

    Baltimore Sun Full Review
  • Lawrence Toppman

    Weak, obligatory stabs at humor make it more generic than it might've been.

    Charlotte Observer Full Review
  • Sean Axmaker

    Overlong, unscary, poorly paced and banally written.

    Seattle Post-Intelligencer Full Review
  • Scott Foundas

    Direly predictable, with candle-drip pacing and a pervasive unpleasantness.

    Variety Full Review
  • Joanne Kaufmann

    This is slash and burn strictly by the numbers. There's never an ounce of doubt where the movie's going; the only suspense is how long it's going to take to get there and how high the body count is going to get.

    Wall Street Journal Full Review
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