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
    25%
  • Audience Score
    42%

common sense

NOT FOR KIDS 0
Consumerism
3 out of 5
Drinking, drugs, & smoking
3 out of 5
Language
3 out of 5
Positive messages
0 out of 5
Sex
3 out of 5
Violence
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

1 star

Infuriating movie full of clichs and stupid characters who are there only to be slaughtered in juicy, gruesome deaths - the only effective thing in this idiotic mess, I must add. But we have to go through a lot of nothing to get to the good part.

- blacksheepboy, Sunday, March 24, 2013

1 star

Infuriating movie full of clichs and stupid characters who are there only to be slaughtered in juicy, gruesome deaths - the only effective thing in this idiotic mess, I must add. But we have to go through a lot of nothing to get to the good part.

- blacksheepboy, Sunday, March 24, 2013

3 stars

Why oh why does anyone in their right mind put Paris Hilton in their movie.. Ugh is what I thought when I heard she was going to be in this film.. This chick can not act.. The best part was when she was killed off.. Cause then it started actually feeling like a scary film and not a waste of my time..

- LWOODS04, Sunday, February 21, 2010