Rated: R Reviewed by: Frank Release date: May 6, 2005 Released by: Warner Brothers
Back in 1953 Vincent Price's House of Wax had Mr. Price, Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk and Carolyn Jones along with the very effective use of the 3D process to add to the mystery and horror of the world of a deranged artist who worked on wax figures.
In this version with lesser performers and little imagination we learn that spray wax has a use beyond the car wash.
Two car loads of college students head from Gainesville for a big football game in Baton Rouge; they foolishly take a short cut that leads to a town which every college student should be aware leads to danger. Feeling quite like Cabin Fever and Wrong Turn the gang is not smart enough to leave when the dark road they decide to camp near brings a strange pick-up-truck with bright lights, a broken fan belt and a burial place for road kill. Fooling around is too important for Paris Hilton and Robert Richard (Paige and Blake), so while things go bump in the night to their friends in a nearby town she dances down to her red underwear.
In the town where the sets are creative and interesting in art deco style, the House of Wax and the movie house dominate. What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? is the feature and we get to see Betty Davis sing her song as Baby Jane Hudson while a lost couple sit with the wax figures watching the screen.
The standard of stupidity is constantly evident as the cast splits up so each can be alone and a ready victim for what we learn are deranged twins who have created a town of wax.
The treat here is for those who enjoy beheading, skewering, split heads, ripped of faces, arrows through trunks and knives in necks as entertainment.
While the design of the town is interesting the time lines fail to make sense. When the first two head to town it takes a few minutes - the next group take the majority of a day to go the same distance. Credit should be given to the ending sequence; it is effectively presented as the House of Wax burns and melts under the feet of the foolish victims and falls to the earth. But overall we have seen this film too many times before, it's time for a new way to present horror - and by-the-way it should be scary not silly.
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