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House of Wax (1953) by Isaiah

Posted by whokilledthemessanger on August 27, 2012 at 11:05 AM

I love Vincent Price. This doesn't come as a suprise to anyone that knows me very well. I love the macabre, Edgar Allan Poe, Time Burtain and of course, classic chillers. This is a movie that really has it all for me. I like the sets, the coustumes, the camera angles, and the acting! All around this is a great, classic movie to me. Now you as a reader may be wondering, "why is that Isaiah? Why are you correct, as you always are?" well strange person reading a small websites review section, which has 5 hits, its great because of the story, as all great movies are. 

The story begins with Vincent price as the owner of a wax museum. He is a fantastic sculpter of wax, but because he refuses to include a chamber of horrors, his museum isn't as popular as some other people's. Because of this, he can't pay his bills that month for the museum. He tells the realator that he will buy him out, because he's going to sell the museum anyway, to a different person. Quite rudly, the other person dissagrees, and instead sets the place on fire for its insurance. This upsets Vincent Price, because his charactor is also locked inside to watch his creations melt. 

What follows is a really cool, and creepy scene. Vincent Price is mortified, especially when he sees his prize creation, Marie Antoinette erupting irreplably into flames. This scene is one of my favorites of the movie, and leaves a lot to the viewers imagination, in addition to showing us exactly what happens. It also acts as a catylist for the rest of the film's events. Shortly after this we see the realitor and his suitor dead. Killed by someone with a hideously deformed and burnt face. We assume that this is Vincent Price, but we later see him completly alive, with nothing but his hands burnt. 

I cant tell you anymore, but i can tell you that this movie has an excellent twist ending, with a little cornieness. The only thing about this movie that i really dislike is the ending, but you'll have to decide that for yourself. 

Fun:  ****1/2 - 4 1/2 out of 5

Critical: ****   4 out of 5

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