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House of Wax [DVD] [Canadian]

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  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Andr de Toth's remake of MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM is one of the first and best 3-D (stereoscopic) feature films, an alternative technology (like Cinemascope, Cinerama) used by 1950s directors attempting to compete with the new threat of television. Professor Jarrod (Vincent Price) is a devoted wax figure sculptor for his museum in 1910s NYC. When his financial partner, Sidney Wallace (Paul Cavanagh), demands more sensational exhibits to increase profits, Jarrod refuses. The vengeful Wallace torches the museum, leaving Jarrod for dead. Miraculously, Jarrod survives (though his hands and legs are rendered useless) and builds a new House of Wax with help from threatening deaf-mute sculptor, Igor (Charles Bronson). The museum's popular "Chamber of Horrors" showcases recent crimes like the murder of Wallace, a victim of a cloaked, disfigured killer along with his fiance, Cathy (Carolyn Jones). When Cathy's friend, Sue (Phyllis Kirk), visits the museum she makes a discovery that leads to the horrifying truth behind the House of Wax. With gasp inducing (and tongue-in-cheek) 3-D scenes like the museum fire, paddleball man, and can-can girls, de Toth creates an atmospheric film which stands up as a horror classic in 2-D as well.
  • Credits
    Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk, Phyllis Kirk Bush, Phyllis Kirkegaard, Carolyn Jones, Charles Bronson, Charles Buchinski, Charles Buchinsky, Charles Bunchinsky, Paul Picerni, Roy Roberts, Angela Clarke, Paul Cavanagh, Dabbs Greer
  • Critic Reviews
    "...Great fun..."
    Los Angeles Times

    "[O]ne of the most popular 3-D movies..."
    USA Today

    "[W]ith Vincent Price on fine form as a mutilated, murderous maniac..."

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