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House of Wax (1953)

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DVD Release Date
• R1: Aug 5, 2003

Budget $1,000,000

Running Time
1 hour, 30 minutes

Country USA

Production Companies
Warner Bros. Pictures

Studio Warner Brothers

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• House of Wax (1953)
• Das Kabinett des Professor Bondi (1953)

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Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller, Horror, Murder, Psychos, Revenge, Police, Suspense, Investigation

Tagline: Warner Bros. bring you the first feature produced by a major studio in 3D...

Plot: André de Toth’s remake of MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM is one of the first and best 3-D (stereoscopic) feature films, an alternative technology (like Cinemascope, Cinerama) used by 1950s directors attempting to compete with the new threat of television. Professor Jarrod (Vincent Price) is a devoted wax figure sculptor for his museum in 1910s NYC. When his financial partner, Sidney Wallace (Paul Cavanagh), demands more sensational exhibits to increase profits, Jarrod refuses. The vengeful Wallace torches the museum, leaving Jarrod for dead. Miraculously, Jarrod survives (though his hands and legs are rendered useless) and builds a new House of Wax with help from threatening deaf-mute sculptor, Igor (Charles Bronson). The museum’s popular "Chamber of Horrors" showcases recent crimes like the murder of Wallace, a victim of a cloaked, disfigured killer along with his fiancée, Cathy (Carolyn Jones). When Cathy’s friend, Sue (Phyllis Kirk), visits the museum she makes a discovery that leads to the horrifying truth behind the House of Wax. With gasp inducing (and tongue-in-cheek) 3-D scenes like the museum fire, paddleball man and can-can girls, de Toth creates an atmospheric film which stands up as a horror classic in 2-D as well.

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 Directed by
 Written by
Charles Belden
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Crane Wilbur
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Vincent Price
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Charles Bronson
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Frank Lovejoy
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Phyllis Kirk
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Carolyn Jones
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Roy Roberts
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 Music By
David Buttolph
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