Sunday, 18 September 2011

Horror Review: House Of Wax (1953)

A sculptor of wax figures for a museum is horrified when his partner proposes setting fire to the unpopular museum in order to collect the insurance money. As the wax figures melt amid the blaze, the two men have a fight. The sculptor is knocked out in the scuffle and left to "perish" among the flames.

When it comes to Vincent Price, I must admit, I'm a little biased. But who can blame me, the man was one of the greatest actors of his time! Anyway, "House Of Wax", was the first 3D film produced by a major American studio. 3D was used to try and rival the threat of television. It may not hold up to today's 3D standards but that's one of its greatest qualities (I prefer to watch it in non 3D).

Vincent Price strikes a masterful performance as "Professor Henry Jarrod", Price always lights up the screen with his presence and his legendary voice, watching him do his craft is always a pleasure and this is easily one of his greatest roles. The rest of the cast are brilliant as-well with the likes of Charles Bronson as "Igor" & Carolyn James as "Cathy Gray". 

The thing I love about old Horror movies, is the sets, such vibrant colours and craftsmanship. If you like your old Horrors I thoroughly recommend it. Yes they may seem cheesy and non-scary to us nowadays were films are filled with gore and flesh but these films remind me of simpler times and where actors had to be able to actually act.

"House Of Wax" is thoroughly entertaining and if like me, you're a Vincent Price fan, this one is not to be missed!

To see the "House Of Wax" trailer click here

Miscellaneous facts about the film
  • Director AndrĂ© de Toth was blind in one eye, and unable to experience stereo vision or the 3-D effects
  • Nedrick Young, who plays the alcoholic assistant Leon, was uncredited because he had been blacklisted during the McCarthy "Red scare" era in Hollywood.
  • The name of Vincent Price's character was changed to Henry Jarrod from Ivan Igor to avoid alienating Russian viewers.
  • A remake was released in 2005, to see the trailer click here

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