House of Wax (1953)

Article #59 by Dave Sindelar
Viewing date: 5-14-2001
Posting date: 9-27-2001

A series of murders and disappearing bodies seem to be tied to the opening of a new wax museum by a wheelchair-bound artist (Vincent Price).

This remake of MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM jettisons a lot of the subplots of the original; in their places are setpieces for the 3D presentation. In fact, of all the movies shot in 3D, this seems to be the one that most needs to be seen in that format; several of the scenes are pointless or overlong unless they are viewed that way. Price is a great deal of fun, as usual, and the story seems less cluttered than the original. However, unless you can catch it in 3D, you will most likely find it rather tedious and disappointing.


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