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Howdy there folks of all shapes and sizes, felt it was a good time to put up another 3D movie review since A: it's been awhile since I've done so, B: I like this movie a lot, and C: my cat Ruby is sitting on my lap pinning me to my chair preventing me from moving lest her sharp needle like claws should extend themselves and rip into the flesh of my thigh causing me to bleed-out whilst enduring a great amount of pain.
And now onto our main course - House of Wax 1953
|Original House of Wax 1953 movie poster|
This classic horror film from 1953 is the movie that virtually made the career of screen legend Vincent Price. Seriously. At the time of the production he was coming out of being "Grey Listed," that is he was against the Nazi Party prior to WWII. Odd as that sounds, but during the Red Scare of the 1950's that was considered to be a very communist line of thinking and anyone that thought or expressed that notion was investigated. With his good name cleared, Price had the chance to either star in a Broadway play or this film, me made his choice and the rest as they say is history. Had he not taken this role, he may have continued to be relegated to supporting roles or simply faded into obscurity.
House Of Wax is a remake of an earlier film about a vengeful wax figure sculptor who is bent on
Caught in the wake are a couple of innocent ladies, Carolyn Jones as the flighty Cathy and her friend Sue played by Phyllis Kirk. After the death of her friend, Sue visits Jarrod's wax museum of horrors and discovers that a "likeness" of her dear friend was used as the star attraction of Joan of Arc. Soon after Sue is stalked by a disfigured monster who may or may not be in the employ of Jarrod. Also featured as a deaf mute is tough man Charles Bronson - even mute the man had screen presence and is fun to watch!
|Vincent Price as Jarrod|
This is a truly fantastically creepy film. Not only is it moody and scary with a touch of humor - but the performances from its principal players are perfect. We feel for Price's Jarrod as a tortured man driven to madness, but recoil from him when he takes his quest for revenge past the necessary point as he stalks the innocent to add to his collection of horrors. We know Phyllis Kirk's Sue is in danger throughout the run of the film, we want her to avoid further encounters with Jarrod, but understand and encourage her quest to learn the truth of her friend's untimely death. The horrors and shocks are still effective 60 plus years later. It's an ominous and atmospheric movie, that even the most jaded of horror film fans must appreciate for the role it plays in shaping modern horror.
Easily 5 out of 5
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Um... are you kidding me? If you have a 3D set, intend to buy one, or want to own this movie on blu-ray(it does come with a 2D version) this is simply a no brainer. I rarely buy movies at MSRP, it's a price that is just set too high to be practical in this day and age. In this case, I was forced to buy it at full price since I could only find it in one brick and mortar store and even Amazon didn't have it any cheaper. That said - it is worth every single penny spent. I revel in this movie's production design, incredibly deep 3D images, and love the fully restored picture and sound. This is a movie that belongs in every horror fan's collection, and this is the best way to own it, period.