Monday, October 15, 2007

House of Wax (2005)

House of Wax's IMDB Page

Yeah, let's follow the smell.

A group of teens are road-tripping to see a football game when one of them uses his GPS in his Cadillac truck to find a short-cut. Cadillac truck? How many teens have those? Anyway, they decide to camp in a remote meadow when they are surprised by the sudden appearance of a truck with its high beams on that won't go away and the driver won't answer them. Oooo, spooky. Fast forward to the next day when some of them stumble across a town with a very realistic House of Wax.

This film is inspired by a 1953 Vincent Price film of the same name, but with more modern twists (like teenagers with Cadillac trucks and GPS). It features the acting talents of quite a few young Hollywood star and starlets that we probably won't have to endure for too many years, which is usually the case with the young and attractive that don't have too much character range or depth. But that totally works for a horror movie. Who remembers the victims names? Paris Hilton once again displays the only thing that she's good for. Dumb blond eye candy. She does run around in her underwear in a scene that would fit quite nicely into any old school slasher flick, entertaining on many levels. The most has to be said about the direction and special effects. Jaume Collet-Serra bucked the modern trend to digitally render everything and went with a more old school, organic approach. The violence in House of Wax is more graphic and bloody than what goes into a lot of horror today, and that's what makes the film worth watching. If you want to watch good movie made in the style of the classic bloody horrors of yesteryear, this one should be on your list.

House of Wax's Scores


3.5 skulls

BigBoyMovieReviews Grand Total

3.5 + 2.5 (fun factor, and the fact that it doesn't have any other genre listings)= 6

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