Some of you brothers and sisters have been in those wax museums, right? The was figures look so real, but you know they aren’t, because that would be sick. Who would use a real person and encase them in wax just to show them in a museum? Vincent Price would!
Vincent Price was always good at bringing anguish to the villainous roles he played. Prof. Henry Jarrod was no different as the master wax sculptor who went mad after a fire destroyed his beautiful works of wax and left his skillful hands damaged. Sure he has the help of his apprentices, including a young Charles Bronson as the super cliché Igor, but it’s not the same as having that perfect model pose for your statues. Especially if they can hold that pose for the rest of eternity. Jarrod becomes infatuated with a woman named Sue Allen (Phyllis Kirk), who he knows will make the perfect Marie Antoinette. But Sue Allen doesn’t want to end up as a display in today’s Scream-A-Day – THE HOUSE OF WAX
My apologies geek brothers and sisters. I wish this trailer showed more of the movie and less of these title sequences. Really, it doesn’t show any part of the film, but maybe you’ll get a kick out of what they called trailer advertising back in the day.
Here is Vincent Price as Prof. Jarrod showing Sue Allen the sculpt of her head for the Marie Antoinette display. But it’s all a ruse as Jarrod has no intention of using such a crude representation when he can so easily acquire the original.
This 50′s horror had a good plot and plenty of suspense. Seeing Price explain the various wax displays of famous killers of the past were cool to watch. Oh, and if you notice things getting pushed into the camera in an uncomfortable way, it’s because HOUSE OF WAX was made for 3-D. That’s right, they had 3-D movies way back then too.
if you have seen it, you might not have realized that the badly acted 2005 HOUSE OF WAX with Paris Hilton was a remake of the Price one. Actually, the 1953 version is a remake of an earlier original 1933 MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM starring Lionel Atwill and Fay Wray.
Well, check out this classic and let me know what you think. Again, these 50s horror movies are great entertainment of the family if you want something to watch this October.
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