House of Wax

(USA, 2005, 109 minutes)

Six friends on their way to a football game get lost and find a deserted small town whose eerie wax museum hides a terrible secret. Efficient B-horror movie that borrows elements and the title, but little else, from 1953’s House of Wax and turns it into a Texas Chainsaw Massacre-style slasher; a spectacular climactic setpiece, better-than-average scripting and good production values lift it up above most of the competition, but it still goes on for far too long.

Warner Bros. Pictures and Village Roadshow Pictures present a Dark Castle Entertainment production. Starring Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, Brian van Holt, Paris Hilton, Jared Padalecki, Jon Abrahams, Robert Ri’chard. Directed by Jaume Collet-Serra; produced by Joel Silver, Robert Zemeckis and Susan Levin; screenplay by Chad Hayes and Carey W. Hayes, based on a story by Charles Belden; music by John Ottman; director of photography, Stephen Windon; production designer, Graham "Grace" Walker; costume designers, Alex Alvarez and Graham Purcell; film editor, Joel Negron; visual effects supervisor, John Breslin.


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