Box art for House of Wax (2005)

House of Wax (2005)

House of Wax tells the story of a group of friends who fall prey to a sinister plot while passing through a small town on their way to a college football game.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

  • Critic Score
  • Audience Score

common sense

3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
3 out of 5
5 out of 5

Bloody slasher film is nothing like the original.

what parents need to know

Parents need to know that this movie contains repeated gross-out horror images, including skin ripping off faces; bodies subjected to stabbing, chopping, and piercing; girls screaming and weeping; shotguns blasting; deer carcasses rotting; bugs crawling; even a finger being cut off with wire cutters. The killers keep fetuses in jars, blame their mother, and target boys and girls equally, though Paris Hilton is the only victim to strip to her red bra and panties and give her boyfriend (off-screen, but plainly indicated) oral sex. The killer superglues one girl's mouth shut, and she cuts it open so it bleeds and she can summon help; characters drink, smoke, and use harsh language.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about the characters' extreme dimwittedness; and how, even for generic plotting, their willingness to explore sinister places and walk headlong into obvious trouble is remarkable. Initially at odds, Carly and her twin brother Nick learn to get along as their friends are killed off; families might discuss their display of sibling bonding, except that they are paralleled by the killer twins, once conjoined, now just thoughtlessly murderous. Families can also talk about the stereotypical representation of the villains as underclass and vaguely rural.

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

Audience Reviews

3 stars

Gotta say, I kinda liked it. I mean, yes I hated most everyone on the cast, but the wax house was really neat. Maybe it's because I played with melting candles so much as a kid, but watching the house melt at the end made me giggle with glee.

- puffchunk, Sunday, July 26, 2009

3 stars

Definitely a bad movie, but it's still enjoyable. It is nothing but up and coming WB stars and Elisha Cuthbert, but it's surprisingly not the acting that is the stinker of the movie (BTW, Huge Chad Michael Murray & Jared Padalecki fan). The story is just such a knock off idea and nowhere close to being a remake.

- ythelastman89, Monday, November 23, 2009

3 stars

Most everything about this movie is very run of the mill and doesn't break any new ground...with a few exceptions: Paris Hilton not showing much skin = surprising and uncommon for a film like this, the violence and gore are quite decent and inventive, and, the best part of this movie: the production values/design, visual effects, and art direction. The finale is amazing. They did an excellent job pulling it off, getting a maximum effect out of it all. Overall, this is just an alright movie-good to watch while eating some popcorn on a night when nothing else is going on.

- cosmo313, Thursday, August 13, 2009