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  • Summary: What begins as a weekend getaway for six friends becomes a terrifying fight for their lives in House of Wax, an exciting re-imagining of the 1953 horror classic. (Warner Bros.)

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  1. Positive: 5 out of 36
  2. Negative: 10 out of 36
  1. This movie gives it to you, as no movie has in some years. Okay, if that's not your part of the swamp, don't go into it.
  2. A sturdy and cohesive representative of what tends to be a flimsy and tawdry B-movie genre. It even has a moral: People who live in wax houses shouldn't start fires.
  3. The set design is fairly elaborate by the standards of the genre, and the victims don't die in precisely the order you might expect, but everything else goes pretty much according to formula, including a last-minute plot twist that opens the creaky door to a sequel.
  4. 50
    House of Wax is not a good movie but it is an efficient one, and will deliver most of what anyone attending House of Wax could reasonably expect, assuming it would be unreasonable to expect very much.
  5. 38
    For Hilton haters, the stupid and grotesque remake of House of Wax will only stoke their schadenfreude.
  6. Reviewed by: Scott Foundas
    Direly predictable, with candle-drip pacing and a pervasive unpleasantness.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 27 out of 48
  2. Negative: 15 out of 48
  1. AndyW.
    Oct 31, 2005
    [***SPOILERS***] This is probably one of the best movies of 05. just because....a)elisha cuthbert lives, she's a babe b)paris hilton gets absolutely owned in the middle of the movie c)tons of guts and gore and d)the plot was very effective because it practically had me on the edge of my seat, wondering what was going to happen. if any of those reasons were not sufficient in this movie, i would've pulled out my hair at it. this for once, was actually a pretty scary movie. Expand
  2. DenisC
    Oct 30, 2005
    Very efficient, scary at some parts, love the special effects of certain shots. I recommend this movie for those who love to be seated on the edge of their seats. Don't drink and watch, you will spill your drink in a matter of time!! Expand
  3. Oct 27, 2014
    this is one of the freakiest of the freakiest movies of the horror colllection yet. Some how this is not creeper then Jaume Collet- Serra's film ' The Orphan ' suddenly it isn't better then orphan. this movie has a lot of teen humor with sex and rage which horror movies deal with but these teenagers are idiots well some ot some are dumb like Paris Hilton and the guy from scary movie 1. Grade A- Expand
  4. WallyS.
    Dec 8, 2005
    The remakes just keep getting worst, and here it achieves the unnatural gift of beeing stupid and dreadfull, the teens have no skill, and even though the art direction is excellent, everything else is trash. Expand
  5. May 29, 2011
    Seriously, I donâ
  6. Sep 26, 2011
    The wax statues were well-done as well as the ghost town. And I must admit that I had some chills but, even them weren't enough to compensate the bad acting (except for Cuthbert) and poor storyline. Expand
  7. AndrewB.
    Feb 28, 2007
    HORRIBLE MOVIE! I never seen the original but this movie is bad, just the main point in travel, they left to go to the super bowl which they didn't even have tickets to and if they scalpt tickets they would be REALLY expensive. but they make it far enough to a town they never heard of before(well two of them do) and the others go on even farther to the super bowl and then deside to turn around and go back after being stuck in trafic on a highway which there is no turn around while people in the back seat are sayin "TURN AROUND, LETS GO BACK!" STUPID!!! so they do turn back, retarded. and the other part i remember is when those 2 first go into the wax house and then she see's something outside in the window looking in and gets freaked out, and he goes outside to see what/who it was, it's a free country, people can be outside, and besides that whoever it was, they were just looking in the window, no actually walking into the place and touchin and metting a little wax. and she stays INSIDE the wax house while he goes outside to see what it was outside, f-ing stupid. Expand

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