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House of Wax


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Release Date :

May 06, 2005

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Director :

Jaume Serra

Starring :

Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, Brian Van Holt, Paris Hilton

REVIEWS RATE:  Critics  Not quite bad, but it's not recommended either.    Readers  4 of 5 [Rate It]

8 of 10

“..this the creepiest horror remake..”
by Edward Douglas [Comingsoon]
0.5 of 4

“..the dullest scary movie ever made..”
by Sarah Chauncey [Reel]
2 of 4

“..The best thing about "House of Wax" is the house..”
by Jack Mathews [New York Daily News]
4 of 10

“..shallow characters, weak screenplay, implausible plot, and the obligatory moment..”
by Scott Spicciati [Movie-Vault]
3 of 5

“..Rubbish but totally ruthless..”
by Jamie Russell [BBC Films]
2 of 5

“..overlong, unscary, poorly paced and banally written..”
by Sean Axmaker [Seattle Post-Intelligencer]
2 of 5

“..merely another tale of men who do bad things with good knives..”
by Scott Craven [The Arizona Republic]
1.5 of 4

“..just another slasher flick..”
by Ed Blank [Pittsburgh Tribune-Review]
1.5 of 4

“..just a dark adventure splattered with R-rated extremes..”
by Bruce Westbrook [Houston Chronicle]
4 of 5

“..it?s the best one so far this year..”
by Doug Bentin [EFilmCritic]
1 of 4

“..isn't remotely scary..”
by Jeff Vice [Deseret News, Salt Lake City]
2.5 of 5

“..is nothing very special here..”
by Kotleta [Iofilm]
3 of 5

“..is definitely worth seeing for its stunning finale..”
by Matthew Turner [ViewLondon]
1.5 of 5

“..is dead boring..”
by Sean O'Connell [Filmcritic]
2 of 5

“..incredibly gross and the finale is still a doozy..”
by Roger Moore [The Dallas Morning News]
3 of 5

“..complete with fast edits, nu metal, a masked freak and strange surgical devices..”
by [E! Online]
2 of 5

“..Collet-Serra sets up the sequence with deliberate care and drags it out to the point of sadism..”
by Marrit Ingman [Austin Chronicle]
2 of 5

“..an unwelcome shock..”
by Helen O'Hara [Empire Magazine]
2.5 of 4

“..a typically slick horror yarn..”
by Kevin C. Johnson [St. Louis Post-Dispatch]
3 of 5

“..a museum of gory, joyless, easy shocks..”
by Gregory Kirschling [Entertainment Weekly]
3 of 4

“..a merely laughably bad film..”
by James Verniere [Boston Herald]
3 of 5
Reviewed by John Urbanich [Sun Newspapers of Cleveland]
2.5 of 5
Reviewed by Pete Vonder Haar [Film Threat, Hollywood's Indie Voice]
2 of 4
Reviewed by Ed Gonzalez [Slant Magazine]
2 of 4
Reviewed by Robert K. Elder [Chicago Tribune]
1.5 of 4
Reviewed by Wesley Morris [Boston Globe]
1.5 of 5
Reviewed by Paul Clinton [Boxoffice Magazine]
1.5 of 4
Reviewed by Scott Huver [Hollywood]
1 of 5
Reviewed by Andrea Chase [Killer Movie Reviews]
Reviewed by Bob Strauss [L.A. Daily News]

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by Stephanie Merry [Washington Post]


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by Linda Barnard [Toronto Star]


“..will make fans of the Japanese animation studio yearn for when Hayao Miyazaki was there. The now-retired maestro of the form had a sense of poetry and lyricism that's sadly missing here..”
by Joe Neumaier [NY Daily News]


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by Chris Nashawaty [Entertainment Weekly]


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by Roger Moore [Tribune News Service]


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by Katharine Pushkar [NY Daily News]


“..the camera prowls menacingly through the interiors, but the writers seem too content with their improbable conceit to bother with back story or character arcs..”
by David Parkinson [Radio Times]


“..there's plenty of entertainment value to found. Just don't expect to leave the film with a smile on your face and joy in your heart..”
by Blair Hoyle [Cinema Slasher]


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by Peter Bradshaw [The Guardian]


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by Peter Bradshaw [The Guardian]