House of Wax (2005) Movie Review

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House of Wax (2005)

2005 | R | Horror, Thriller, Mystery
108 minutes / 1h 48min

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House of Wax Plot Synopsis:

Six friends are on their way to a football game. They decide to camp out for the night and continue driving the next day. The next day the friends find that they're having car troubles, so two of the friends accept a stranger's ride into a small town named Ambrose. The main attraction in Ambrose is the House of Wax. Except something is not right in this town, the wax figures are so realistic and the whole town is deserted - except for two murderous twin brothers. The six friends must fight to survive and escape from being the next exhibits in the House of Wax.

House of Wax (2005) Review

House of Wax (2005) is a 1h 48-min American-Australian horror thriller film that was a remake of the House of Wax (1953) which was a remake of Mystery of the Wax Museum (1933). The movie had an estimated budget of $40 million and grossed over $70 million at the box office. Director Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown (2011), Non-Stop (2014), Orphan (2009)) did an okay job executing this not so scary film. The movie contains sexual references, implies sexual acts, extreme violence, decapitations, gore galore, and bad language.

House of Wax revolves around a group of people going on a road trip to see a football game, but they took a shortcut that did not do any good for them. It was getting dark, so they decide to pull over and sleep the night in a deserted area. The group became a little unsettled after a car drove over to them and flashes its lights in their face before driving away. The group also smell a strange odor resembling something decaying and cannot wait for morning to arrive so that the can leave. They found their cars damaged in the morning and assumed that the guy with the flashing car lights is the one who did that. A few of them decides to stay back while a few heads out. They stumble upon a creepy town that will send chills through your body.

House of Wax does not have much suspense leaving almost everything to be straightforward which is something I do not like in films. The movie was still enjoyable although it contains countless horror movie cliches where we the viewer can predict who is going to survive. All of the cast gave us perfect convincing performances including Paris Hilton which is hard to believe since there were some intense scenes. The movie was extraordinary, and the film crew came together and gave us mind boggling scenes that were done exceptionally well. The soundstage was burned to the ground during filming which was not done intentionally.

  • House of Wax Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 5
  • Overall Score: 4.33
  • IMDB: 5.3
  • MetaCritic: 4.1
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 2.5

About House of Wax 2005

Title: House of Wax
Year: 2005
Runtime: 108 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 2.16/5 stars from 105,299 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 105,299
MPAA Rating: R
House of Wax Cast Starring: Jon Abrahams, Damon Herriman, Paris Hilton, Jared Padalecki, Robert Ri'chard, Andy Anderson, Emma Lung, Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, Brian Van Holt, Dragicia Debert, Thomas Adamson, Murray Smith, Sam Harkess, Kendal Rae
House of Wax Writers: Charles Belden, Chad Hayes, Carey W. Hayes
House of Wax Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Box Office: $32,000,000
Production: Warner Bros. Pictures
Language: English
Country: Australia, USA