House of Wax (1953)

 


 

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A sculptor of wax figures for a museum is horrified when his partner proposes setting fire to the unpopular museum in order to collect the insurance money. As the wax figures melt amid the blaze, the two men have a fight. The sculptor is knocked out in the scuffle and left to “perish” among the flames. He resurfaces many years later for the launch of his own wax museum. The opening coincides with the sudden disappearance of some dead bodies from the city morgue. His assistant begins to suspect his boss of foul play, especially after the deranged wizard of wax begins eyeing his assistant\’s lovely girlfriend\’s friend as a model for a waxed figure of Marie Antoinette.

Written by
Daniel Bubbeo <[email protected]>

Genre: Crime,Horror,Mystery,Thriller

House of Wax (1953)
   
Release Date: 25 April 1953 (USA)
Country: USA
Director: André De Toth
Cast:
  • Vincent Price
  • Frank Lovejoy
  • Phyllis Kirk
  • Carolyn Jones
  • Paul Picerni
  • Roy Roberts
  • Angela Clarke
  • Paul Cavanagh
  • Dabbs Greer
  • Charles Bronson
  • Reggie Rymal


33 Responses to House of Wax (1953)

  1. jeffyoung1
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    Anybody else question how the dancing women in the 14th Street Dance Hall managed to find backseamed, off-black pantyhose to wear in the 1890s? This is surprising since modern pantyhose wasn’t invented until the mid-1960s.

  2. emailmendi
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    Which one do you think is better: the original House of Wax or the remake?

    I personally would go for the remake.

    What do you think?

  3. Harold_Robbins
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    I’ve just watched HOUSE OF WAX again and was perplexed by something that’s always perplexed me: the logistics of the scene in which Burke is murdered have always confused me, because his office has plenty of open space between the door and his desk, and the couch in the corner had to be plainly visible from the desk – yet Jarrod arises from behind the couch and somehow gets himself out from behind it and over to where the gas switch is by the door without Burke ever noticing him! (Granted, Burke was occupied with his $25,000.00, but still…) Has anyone else ever noticed this?

    And yes, this time, during the fire sequence, I did notice the wires used to collapse the Joan of Arc figure – I even checked back to earlier in the sequence to see if perhaps they were there all along as support, but they weren’t. They had to have been evident during the editing process, but Warners obviously wasn’t about to do retakes of the fire sequence, and probably gambled that, with so much else going on in the scene, audiences probably wouldn’t notice. They were right – I’ve seen this film at least a couple of dozen times, including several times in a theater in 3D, and I never noticed!

    Those of you who think you know everything should politely defer to those of us who actually do!

  4. glemay25
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    During the scene where Sue woke up nude (didnt show anything but def implied)

    tied up to a table over a wax vat, I was wondering if any one else got

    aroused over that. Call me sick but I have created alot of sexual fanties in

    my mind over that one part alone. My only disapointment with the remake was

    that neither Paris Hilton or Elisha Cutbert was waxed or about to be waxed while

    being naked. Anyone else have similar thoughts?

  5. babettegillette
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    IMHO, this is the movie that started Vincent on the path to becoming the second greatest horror star up until now(Boris Karloff is #1).

  6. VWstarwars
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    Why the heck has this movie not seen a 3D release on DVD or BlueRay? I have always wanted to see it that way. I thought I was getting a good break when they recently showed it at the New Beverly Cinema, but of course it wasn’t in 3D. I hope if they do release it, they will do it with the green/pink lenses instead of the red/blue lenses(less ghosting and double imaging). I am aware that in theaters it had the awesome kind with the polarized lenses, but until we get a bunch of the new TVs that are capable of doing that in people’s homes, they won’t be releasing DVDs or Blue Rays for that any time soon.

  7. plwblj
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    I happen to think that Vinnie shines here.

    -his stooped hulking silhouetted figure lurking at night was a frightening prospect for me as an image for years …

    … it still persists ….

  8. Jesseolf
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    When Igor is stalking Sue Allen through the museum towards the end of the film, the floorboards creak as he walks and then he quickly reacts and hides, Sue then turns around and doesn’t spot him. Igor was meant to be Deaf.

  9. Duderina
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    can anyone please tell me that?

  10. devil_may_cry_ldk_dante_sparda
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    Just saw the falling with michael douglas and then house of wax and I remember george carlins quote "I really dont think there’s any hope for the human race." I soo dont agree with vincent price’s character or douglas’ or OJ simpson (a real murderer) as they are murderers, "but I understand" why they did what they did – Chris Rock

    They were pushed to the limit by beings/entities in society that are trully screwed up and they cracked. Be it adultery from the one you loved, partner burning your passion for some bucks and leaving you to die or working for your country only to be screwed by it at the same time while some rich a$$hole can make golf courses for giving people fake noses, instead of makeing REAL use of the grass like public parks or childrens playground.

  11. Aredhel_Ar_Feiniel
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    I just watched this film for the first time (way too much fun), and was struck by the character of Igor.

    nowadays, Igor is a cliche, often portrayed as a hunchbacked/deformed mentally lacking helper to a mad scientist. (In House of Wax, Igor’s a hulking deaf-mute.) I was just wondering – this might be a dumb question – but did that cliche come from this film? if not, where did it come from?

    For some reason I’ve associated the Igor character with Frankenstein by Mary Shelley, but it’s been ages since I’ve read the book, so I really don’t remember.



    I’m gonna be a fireman when the floods roll back.

  12. JoeMonco
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  13. Anonymous
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  14. bad_habitt
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    that anecdote about julius ceaser seems very simliar to that of romeo and juliet’s fate, are they both alike?

    "how about… a royal flush!" *loren avedon kicks a cauldron of boiling water into the bad guys*

  15. mrsramthun
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    Ok here goes

    1) When someone continually tells you they know a wax statue is probably the body of their friend , check it out because it more than likely is , especially if there have been alot of robberies at the morgue.

    2) when laying under a wax distributor you will probably go through stages of extreme calm to complete terror (sue allens facial expressions).

    3)If you’re supposed to be meeting a friend outside the museum (don’t go IN the museum) especially if someone is fixated on you being their next marie antoinette.

    4)When you start feeling slightly Ill at a wax museum after viewing some of the displays it’s always a good idea to wait before continuing on.

    5) ear piercings are noticable in newspaper photographs.

    6)When being laced into a corset to the point of not being able to breathe is fine as long as you and your significant other are watching your figure.

    7) If you passed out in the museum because of some of the displays and your still feeling slightly sick , don’t watch the barker popping paddle balls into his mouth or you’ll just faint again.

    ok anyone else wanna add on (it’s all in good fun :) )

  16. Anonymous
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  17. mazaldivar
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    The following is the official website for the re-release of Comin’ At Ya! in 3-D.

    http://www.cominatyanoir3d.com/

    The site contains a 5 minute promo reel of the film.

    In flat only. Just keep in mind it will be in 3-D in the theatres.

    Some slight changes have been made to the film (for the better).

    Think what George Lucas did to Star Wars in 97′ only this time it won’t suck.

    After you view the promo take the time to explore the site.

    We have a gallery of the new film’s posters as well as a short history on how this re-release came about.

    As the weeks go by much more will be added so be sure to register yourself on our mailing list so you can be one of the firsts to be notified of the additions.

    Soon we’ll have an online store that sells posters, t-shirts, baseball caps and even the films rousing score by Carlo Savina.

    A video gallery will be added eventually and will feature radio and tv spots from the original theatrical release of Comin’ At Ya! back in 81′.

    Behind the scenes footage, interviews and video reviews of other Spaghetti Westerns will be made available for download.

    The site also has great sounds to set the mood on every page, so be sure to have your volume up!

    At the moment the sound is only for Internet Explorer users.

    Check it out and register with us!

    And come back often!

    Also, join us at the Facebook fanpage

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#/pages/Comin-At-Ya-in-Noir-3-D/132495280685?ref=ts

    And youtube

    http://www.youtube.com/user/cominatya3d

    A 3-D Spaghetti Western rereleased to theatres cominatyanoir3d.com Comin’ soon!

  18. WarpedRecord
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    From Trailers From Hell. You can play with or without Mick Garris’ commentary. I recommend both:

    http://www.trailersfromhell.com/trailers/442?auto=1

  19. Anonymous
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  20. Anonymous
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  21. lelysee
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    What is it with that girl that is always fainting. I can understand her fainting in the actual museum do to being scared. What I can’t understand is why she faints when that "paddle ball" guy pops the 3 balls in his mouth. There is nothing scary about that so why faint?

  22. InsideTheCastleWall
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    Foul deeds will rise, though all the earth o’erhelm them to men’s eyes

    Don’t you love Vincent?

  23. Mr_McLaurel
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    Maybe my favorite Vincent Price line of all time. The way he says it his hilarious.

  24. Anonymous
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  25. st_moose
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    First Vincent Price had a stunt double (clearly seen at the beginning of the movie when the first house of wax is burning) surely he is not the first to have a stunt double, anyone know the actor/actress who needed a stunt double?

    There was an intermission (rather short on the DVD, I am sure it was longer in the theaterical release) anyone have a list of movies that featured intermissions?

    The performer at the opening of the second house of wax ‘turns to the camera’ and addresses the audience for some of his dialogue, the line about don’t worry about the popcorn anyone have a list of movies where the performer ‘turns to the camera’ and addresses the audience?

    thanks

  26. rmager3571
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    If you live in the metro Milwaukee Area. the times is showing the film in Stereoscopic 3-D this weekend. here is the link

    http://www.timescinema.com/schedule.php?venue=times#event375

  27. Fill1707
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    Did anybody else think that she had an excellent scream in this movie. I think hers is very unique and at times very powerful. What do you think?

  28. chassa-2
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    cause it looks very scary

    i love twilight

  29. webfix
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    I run the Horror Writers.net website and have done my own little horror story set in a wax museum. This story is available for FREE donwload there in PDF format, so just go to http://www.horrorwriters.net and click on the Chamber of Horrors download on the top left corner of the index page.

    I would appreciate all feedback, constructive comments etc. on my story.

    Thanks.

    The Webmaster

    http://www.horrorwriters.net

  30. robertluciano234
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    nomather how many times you see it..it gets more better..i have seen it so many times and i never get bored.this is more better than the remake way more better..anyone agree???

    r.i.p Heath Ledger 1979-2008

    r.i.p brad renfro 1982-2008

    r.i.p anna nicole smith 1967-2007

  31. hobos93
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    Does anyone have the 3-D glasses from this movie?

    I order them off of eBay and they are sooo cool!

    I wasn’t around for when the movie first came out :(

  32. mlraymond
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    Talk about movie trivia, but this film was released by Warner Brothers in 1953. A very definitely male scream is heard when Vincent Price falls into the vat of boiling wax at the end, but it seems dubbed in.

    Two years later, when the juvenile delinquency classic Rebel Without a Cause was being filmed at Warner Brothers, actor Corey Allen was unable to scream to suit director Nicholas Ray, in the sequence where gang leader Buzz plunges over a cliff, trapped in his speeding car. Allen said he felt that the sheer terror his character was experiencing made him unable to scream, so he opened his mouth, but no sound emerged. Ray gave up after a few more takes, but when Allen saw the preview in a theatre, he was surprised to hear a scream coming from his character on screen. Ray had dubbed in a scream from the studio sound library without telling Allen about it.

    I had just been rereading a wonderful book about the making of Rebel Without a Cause, and had run across this bit of information, while happening to put House of Wax on the video. I could swear that the same scream is used for Price in House of Wax and Allen in Rebel Without a Cause.

    Any ideas?

    And when he crossed the bridge, the phantoms came to meet him

  33. yttimsmc11
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    Remakes do suck 99.9% of the time but they serve a good purpose, IMO.

    Remakes can cause people to go and watch the original when they may have never watched it before. Also, when a movie is remade, the DVD/Video of the original is easier to find because the interest has been sparked. So, in that regard, I like remakes.

    "As I told you, it would be absolutely, totally, and in all other ways inconceivable."

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