After the associate of the owner's wax museum burns it down
with him inside, the owner survives and seeks his revenge.
House of Wax (1953)
Directed by Andre De Toth
Written by Crane Wilbur
Starring Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk,
Carolyn Jones, Paul Picerni, Roy Roberts, Paul Cavanagh,
Dabbs Greer, Charles Bronson
House of Wax is a hugely entertaining, and important, film. This was the first color feature film to be distributed in 3-D. It proved to be a huge hit as the film went on to become a major success and boost the career of Vincent Price.
The plot is simple and keeps you entertained. The film smartly used some mystery elements as to who the killer is and if the wax figures could, indeed, be real people. There were some hokey moments, like when the film essentially breaks the fourth wall simply for a 3-D effect. Besides that, it is an engaging horror film that should delight horror fans.
Vincent Price is the main reason to watch this film. He is completely mesmerizing to watch and doesn't go too over-the-top, like he would do in later horror features. He lights up every scene he's in and steals the show from everybody. The rest of the cast is great too, all delivering fantastic performances. Also, look out for a young Charles Bronson.
An important film in cinema history that's loads of fun. This is backed by it's simple, yet engaging, plot and Vincent Price's magnetic performance. Horror fans who enjoy the classics should check this one out.