House of Wax (2005 film)
|House of Wax|
Theatrical release poster
|Directed by||Jaume Collet-Serra|
|Produced by||Joel Silver
|Written by||Charles Belden
Chad Michael Murray
Brian Van Holt
|Music by||John Ottman|
|Editing by||Joel Negron|
|Studio||Village Roadshow Pictures
Dark Castle Entertainment
|Distributed by||Warner Bros. Pictures|
|Running time||113 minutes|
House of Wax (also titled Wax House, Baby) is a 2005 Australian-American horror film directed by Jaume Collet-Serra and stars Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, Brian Van Holt, Paris Hilton, Jared Padalecki, Jon Abrahams, and Robert Ri'chard. Released theatrically on May 6, 2005, the film received a general negative critical reception, but was a financial success.
In 1974, a woman is making a wax sculpture in the kitchen while her son eats breakfast in his highchair. Her husband enters with another son who is shouting and kicking. The boy is forced into a highchair and strapped in place. He scratches his mother's hand, causing her sculpture to fall to the floor.
In 2005, six teenagers are on their way to a highly anticipated football game in Louisiana. Night falls and the group decides to set up camp for the night. The campsite is later visited by a stranger in a pickup truck who shines his lights at the campsite, but refuses to leave or address them until one of the boys smashes a headlight with a bottle. The next morning, one of the cars fan belts is found to be damaged. The group meets a disheveled, rural man named Lester, who offers to drive two of the teens to the nearby town of Ambrose to get a new fan belt, while the rest of them go to the football game.
The two arrive at Ambrose, which is virtually a ghost town. Unable to find an attendant at the auto mechanics shop, they wander into the church, disrupting a funeral. There, they meet a mechanic named Bo, who offers to sell them a fan belt after the funeral. While waiting for the services to end, the two teens visit the wax museum, which itself is made of wax and is the central feature of the town. Afterward, they follow Bo to his house to find a proper fan belt. The teens make the realization that Bo is the stranger that had appeared at the campsite previously, but not before being attacked. The teens are separated and one of them runs to the church, only to find that the funeral is ongoing, populated only by wax sculptures. She is captured by Bo and imprisoned in a cellar, taped to a chair with her lips glued together.
The rest of the group arrives in search of their compatriota, only to be attacked as well. After most of them (including Paris Hilton) are rightfully dispatched, it becomes apparent that the only inhabitants of the town are the sons of the wax museums proprietors, who have been trapping their victims for the creation wax sculptures. The two owners were Siamese twins separated at birth, leaving one of them horribly disfigured and mentally deranged. The two remaining teens set fire in the building's basement to cut their attackers off. The fire spreads through the museum, slowly melting it down. The two teens soon kill the brotherly owners and escape from the wax museum as it melts to the ground, burying the two tragically disturbed brothers in their own work.
The next morning, the smoke from the fire has drawn help from outside and police and rescue workers sift through evidence throughout the town. The sheriff informs the group that the town has been abandoned for a decade, since its sugar mill closed down, and it doesn't even appear on maps anymore. Over the radio, police discuss the Sinclair's third son. The film closes and implies that Lester, who had driven the teens to the town earlier, is the third son.
- Elisha Cuthbert as Carly Jones
- Chad Michael Murray as Nick Jones
- Brian Van Holt as Bo Sinclair / Vincent Sinclair
- Thomas Adamson as young Bo
- Sam Harkess as young Vincent
- Paris Hilton as Paige Edwards
- Jared Padalecki as Wade Dalton
- Jon Abrahams as Dalton Chapman
- Robert Ri'chard as Blake Johnson
- Damon Herriman as Lester Sinclair
- Andy Anderson as Sheriff
- Dragitsa Debert as Trudy Sinclair
- Murray Smith as Dr. Victor Sinclair
- Emma Lung as Jennifer
In January 2006, it was announced by Warner Roadshow studio owners Village Theme Park Management and Warner Brothers Movie World Australia that they were suing special effects expert David Fletcher and Wax Productions because of a fire on the set during production.
The $7 million lawsuit alleges that the Mr. Fletcher and Wax Productions were grossly negligent over the fire which destroyed part of the Gold Coast's Warner Bros. Movie World studios. The alleged grounds of negligence included not having firefighters on stand-by and using timber props near a naked flame. The set where the fire broke out has now been demolished and a field kept for Movie World for future projects.
Box office 
Opening in 3,111 theaters, the film grossed $12 million in its first three days. Though most critics did not recommend the film, many of them acknowledged that it was well made and/or better than other recent similar films. House of Wax earned $70,064,800 worldwide. 46.6% of that total came from domestic receipts. House of Wax also earned $42,000,000 in VHS/DVD rentals.
The film received negative reviews from critics, with Rotten Tomatoes giving it a 25% "rotten" rating. It was also nominated for three Razzie Awards including Worst Picture and Worst Remake or Sequel, with Paris Hilton winning Worst Supporting Actress.
|House of Wax: Music from the Motion Picture|
|Soundtrack album by Various, John Ottman|
|Released||May 3, 2005 (commercial), May 10, 2005 (score)|
|Length||50:41 (commercial), 41:46 (score)|
House of Wax: Music from the Motion Picture is the title of a publicly released soundtrack used for House of Wax, consisting of commercially recorded songs. A second album, simply titled House of Wax, was released containing the film score, composed by John Ottman.
|House of Wax: Music from the Motion Picture|
|1.||"Spitfire"||The Prodigy featuring Juliette Lewis||5:08|
|2.||"Helena"||My Chemical Romance||3:52|
|4.||"Gun in Hand"||Stutterfly||3:29|
|6.||"Path to Prevail"||Bloodsimple||3:17|
|7.||"Dried Up, Tied and Dead to the World"||Marilyn Manson||4:15|
|9.||"Not That Social"||The Von Bondies||3:00|
|10.||"Cut Me Up"||Har Mar Superstar||3:10|
|11.||"New Dawn Fades"||Joy Division||4:46|
|12.||"Taking Me Alive"||Dark New Day||4:43|
|Original Motion Picture Score|
|2.||"Ritual/Escape the Church"||4:15|
|3.||"Story of the Town"||1:39|
|4.||"Up in Flames"||3:42|
|5.||"They Look So Real"||2:16|
|8.||"Hanging with Baby Jane"||3:36|
|9.||"Paris Gets It"||3:07|
|11.||"Bringing Down the House"||5:08|
There is a song appearing in the film which is not integrated in the Soundtrack. It is "Roland" by Interpol, and appears in the scene when the group decides to camp over the night at the beginning of the film.
- "HOUSE OF WAX (15)". British Board of Film Classification. 2005-05-03. Retrieved 2013-04-15.
- "House of Wax (2005)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 2007-06-17.
- CineAction, 68th issue, 2006, page 8. "Joel Silver remarks 'So, we had gotten the clearance for the name "House of Wax", which had been the title of a previous film released in the 1950s. We were getting ready to finish work on advertising when someone said "stop, we can't call it that." I thought I had missed a meeting, or that the licensing office had made an error. In actuality, the crewmember didn’t know we had clearance for the name, and had been an avid fan of the original "House of Wax". [...] We finished production on the posters and commercials and billboards that read "Wax House, Baby" when we found out we had the proper naming rights, so we had to start over again.'"
- "House of Wax burns down Warner Bros sound stages". Joblo. Retrieved 2010-04-08.
- "House of Wax Box Office & Rental Numbers". Rotten Tomatoes. Archived from the original on 2007-06-05. Retrieved 2007-06-17.
- "House of Wax commercial soundtrack". Soundtrackinfo. Retrieved 2010-06-29.
- "House of Wax orchestral score soundtrack". Soundtrackinfo. Retrieved 2010-06-29.
- Official website
- House of Wax at the Internet Movie Database
- House of Wax at Box Office Mojo
- House of Wax at Rotten Tomatoes
- House of Wax at Metacritic