Box art for House of Wax (1953)

House of Wax (1953)

horror, thrillers

In the wicked performance that crowned him the movie's master of the macabre, Vincent Price plays a renowned wax sculptor plunged into madness

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Top Critic Reviews

Rotten: Dimly we foresee movie audiences embalmed in three-dimensional wax and sound.

- Bosley Crowther, New York Times, Saturday, March 25, 2006

Fresh: Oh-so-delightfully creepy.

- Cole Smithey,, Thursday, June 24, 2010

Fresh: The effects are done with playfulness, zest, and some imagination (they range from a barker batting paddleballs in your face to a murderer leaping from the row in front of you), making this the most entertaining of the gimmick 3-Ds.

- Dave Kehr, Chicago Reader, Monday, September 24, 2007

Audience Reviews

4 stars

I got to see this in the theater in it's original 3D presentation. I have 2 words for you. Paddle Ball

- kenstachnik, Tuesday, September 18, 2007

3 stars

Vincent Price is at his sinister best in this tale of psychotic revenge and obsession.

- drblood, Sunday, June 24, 2007

3 stars

A fun spooky movie about a maimed crazy sculptor. Creepy, exciting -- one of Vincent Price's best. He shows so much love for his wax creations that you want to help him put out the fire that destroys them all. Originally filmed in 3D, but I've never gotten the chance to see it that way. Maybe one day...

- webalina, Monday, June 11, 2007