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Rated R · 113 minutes · 2005

Horror, Suspense/Thriller
A remake, pretty much in name only, of the 1953 Vincent Price film (which was also a remake), this House of Wax manages to be gruesome and grisly, but not particularly creepy or frightening. Six twentysomething friends (including Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, and Paris Hilton) camp out in the woods one night and soon find themselves pursued by a psychopath who wants to turn them all into uncannily lifelike sculptures for his wax museum. The film offers a few generic scary bits, but nothing out of the ordinary. While the backstory -- glimpsed in a highly disturbing epilogue in which the camera reveals only the characters' torsos -- plants a seed of psychological terror, the rest of the film fails to expand on it. Perhaps the biggest surprise here is that Hilton isn't atrocious. Not that she's good, but she's certainly no worse than anybody else.
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Director: Jaume Collet-Serra
Writer: Chad Hayes and Carey Hayes
Producer: Joel Silver, Robert Zemeckis and Susan Levin
Cast: Chad Michael Murray, Elisha Cuthbert, Paris Hilton, Jared Padalecki, Jon Abrahams, Brian Van Holt, Emma Lung, Damon Herriman and Robert Ri'chard


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