History Film / HouseOfWax

25th Mar '13 7:45:38 PM Morgenthaler
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[[quoteright:325:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/HouseOfWax.jpg]] '''''House of Wax''''' (1953) is an American horror film starring VincentPrice, whose career then took a turn primarily towards horror films. It is a remake of ''Mystery of the Wax Museum'' (1933). It was the first 3-D color feature film from a major American studio, following independent movie ''Bwana Devil''. These two movies sparked the 3-D movie boom of the 1950s. Price plays Professor Henry Jarrod, a devoted wax sculptor with a museum in 1910s New York. A disagreement with his financial partner, Matthew Burke, leaves Jarrod amid the burned ruins of his own museum, alive but severely injured. With the aid of a deaf-mute sculptor named Igor, Jarrod builds a new House of Wax that showcases historical and contemporary crimes, including the murder of his former business partner. However, all is not what it seems in Jarrod's wax museum, and a friend of Burke's fiancee is about to make a horrifying discovery... ''House of Wax'' was remade in 2005 as a slasher movie starring Elisha Cuthbert, with Creator/ParisHilton in her feature film debut (for which she won a GoldenRaspberryAward for worst actress). ---- !!Both the 1933 and 1953 films contain examples of: * AssholeVictim: Joe in the original, Matthew in the remake. * BattleAmongstTheFlames * TheCoroner * DamselInDistress * DeadGuyOnDisplay * DramaticUnmask: A pretty great example. ([[FridgeLogic But how could he keep his features so mobile?]]) ** And oddly enough, in both cases we'd already seen the horribly disfigured face under the mask; it just wasn't clear that they were the same person. * {{Fainting}} * InsuranceFraud * [[LatexPerfection Wax Perfection]] * MadArtist * NoOSHACompliance: The wax workshop. * PerpSweating * SceneryGorn * ScreamingWoman * StrappedToAnOperatingTable * TheVoiceless: Hugo in the 1933 film, Igor in the 1953 film. * WaxMuseumMorgue: The 1953 film is the TropeCodifier. * YoureInsane * TheXOfY !! The 1933 movie contains examples of: * AlliterativeName: Ivan Igor. ** TwoFirstNames * BelligerentSexualTension * CanOnlyMoveTheEyes * ClearMyName * CreepyBasement * FreudianSlip * HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday ** NewYearHasCome * HostileWeather * IntrepidReporter * RichSuitorPoorSuitor * SayMyName * SealedWithAKiss * SecretPath * SlapSlapKiss !! The 1953 movie contains examples of: * ThreeDMovie * TheAlcoholic * AntiVillain * AxeBeforeEntering * BerserkButton: Don't ask Jarrod about some crazy ideas like ... burning down his beloved wax figures. * BreakingTheFourthWall: The paddle ball barker. * ButLiquorIsQuicker: Cathy is onto him, though. * ChairmanOfTheBrawl * ChaseScene * CompositeCharacter: 3-into-2 instead of the usual 2-into-1. ''Mystery of the Wax Museum'' has the heroine, a victim she didn't know who becomes Joan of Arc, and her best friend who almost becomes the Marie Antoinette victim. Sue is a composite of the heroine and the Marie Antoinette victim, and Cathy is a composite of the best friend and the Joan of Arc victim. * GRatedDrug: More of a PG Rated Drug here -- the cops are able to track down Jarrod after depriving an alcoholic assistant of his of booze during the interrogation. In ''Mystery of the Wax Museum'', it is strongly implied to be something much stronger (an injected drug like morphine, cocaine, or heroin). * TheIgor: Jarrod's helper, named... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Igor]]. Played by Charles Bronson. * IncrediblyLamePun * OfCorsetHurts: Mentioned twice -- the heroine's [[TheDitz ditzy]] friend Cathy Gray has Sue lace her up until she can barely breathe, and a woman has trouble breathing prior to fainting, in Jarrod's Chamber of Horrors. -->"Is it your corset?" -->"No, my stomach; it turned over." ** OfCorsetsSexy: --->'''Cathy Gray:''' Oh that's all right, I don't need much breath anyway-- as my late friend Matty used to say, if a girl don't watch her figure the men won't. * OminousFog * PaddleballShot: The paddleball salesman scene is the TropeNamer. * TheRemake * SceneryCensor: Sue while she's [[StrappedToAnOperatingTable strapped]] naked beneath the vat. At least Fay Wray got wrapped in a shroud-like cloth. * SlippingAMickey * TitleDrop * ToThePain: Of course, Jarrod doesn't think he's torturing her but ''comforting her''. -->'''Jarrod:''' The end will come quickly, my love. It is a pain beyond pain, an agony so intense, it shocks the mind into instant oblivion. * WakingUpAtTheMorgue: Subverted twice -- the first time, a corpse sits up due to cadaveric spasm, but is still dead. The second time -- well, the character was just HiddenInPlainSight. !! The 2005 movie contains examples of: * ActionGirl: Carly, [[spoiler: she kills both of the villains]]. * ActorAllusion: The entire point of Paris Hilton's character. * AgonyOfTheFeet: Wade, and later, Paige * AnnoyingArrows: Averted. One of the killers brothers is shot and impaled with two arrows. He slowly (and very painfully) pulls out one from under his arm (which releases a lot of blood, and he promptly bandages it) and then tries to remove the one from the side of his chest, but the pain makes him vomit. Rather than risk passing out and bleeding to death he just cuts off the end of the arrow, leaving the rest in his chest. While one could argue that he should still have died from these injuries, [[spoiler: Carly beats him to death with a baseball bat later anyway]]. * BackupTwin: At the end of movie Bo and Vincent are revealed to have a third brother. * BadAss: Nick. Not once, not twice, but three times encountering and singlehandedly beating the hell right out of the main villain, including shooting him with a crossbow. Considering that one of these encounters involves the villain ambushing him with a knife, and the other has him effectively outnumbered in a slowly-melting house... ** Carly, in a way, qualifies. Having the self control to calm down and use her [[{{Squick}} own blood]] after having her [[{{Fingore}} finger cut off]] to open her recently glued mouth so she can warn her brother was pretty impressive. * BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted for the females as Carly gets her finger cut off and her lips glued together meaning she has to pull them apart and spends the rest of the film with a bloody mouth. Even Paige gets stabbed in the ankle. However Nick manages to go through the whole film with only just a little bit of dirt on himself. * CanOnlyMoveTheEyes * ConvectionSchmonvection: The main characters escape from said house as it melts and burns, not bothered by the heat at all. * CrazyJealousGuy: Wade is pretty damn jealous whenever other guys show an obvious attraction to Carly. From Dalton, who uses his camera as an excuse to be a pervert, to the truck driver, who is damn creepy, and Bo, who takes a good few seconds of what Wade thinks is LoveAtFirstSight between the two. [[spoiler: Fair enough with that last one, as after Wade is left for Vincent to kill, Bo kidnaps Carly to have [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty "fun"]] with her.]] * DeathByDisfigurement: Averted; the FinalGirl has one of her fingers cut off and survives. * DevelopingDoomedCharacters: You're begging for them to start dying about a minute into their introduction. * DontGoInTheWoods * EvilTwin * FanService: Nick removes his shirt for Carly to wear which allows viewers to see Chad Michael Murray shirtless and doubles by placing Elisha Cuthbert in a tank top for the rest of the movie. Oh and Paris Hilton's striptease of course. * FateWorseThanDeath: Wade. He gets turned into a wax sculpture, but doesn't die right away... * {{Fingore}}: Bo cuts the tip off of one of Carly's fingers. * ForcefulKiss: Averted. After gluing Carly's mouth closed, Bo seeming attempts to kiss her... but instead blows on the glue to help it dry faster. Though he does kiss her on the forehead. * HillbillyHorrors: This version takes place in the countryside with psycho killers. * IncestSubtext: Lots and lots of it. The movie gives the strong impression that [[{{Twincest}} Nick and Carly]] are actually the main couple of the story. [[http://x4ashes4ashes.wordpress.com/2010/09/17/house-of-wax-dismemberment-impaling-paris-hilton-decapitation-cw-stars-wax-and-twins/ There's even a whole analysis page for this]]. It's serious. * InNameOnly: The movie's plot seems to have been lifted almost completely from an obscure 1979 horror called ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourist_Trap Tourist Trap]]''. * MacGuffin: The college football game that Blake is dying to see is what causes the gang to be traveling that particular weekend. * ThePlace * PlayingAgainstType: Chad Michael Murray had initially only really played teen heartthrobs in movies and of course his ''OneTreeHill'' role so it was quite difficult for him to play bad boy Nick. Similarly Paris Hilton had pretty much just played herself before this film. Also Elisha Cuthbert's most well [[TheGirlNextDoor known role]] was as a MsFanservice, almost the complete opposite of a FinalGirl. * PlotInducedStupidity: All over the place. * ShoutOut: The villain is named Vincent. * SiblingRivalry * TraumaticHaircut: If you allow facial hair, Wade gets his beard and eyebrows waxed off against his will. * WalkingShirtlessScene: Nick and Blake ----
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[[quoteright:325:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/HouseOfWax.jpg]] '''''House of Wax''''' (1953) is an American horror film starring VincentPrice, whose career then took a turn primarily towards horror films. It is a remake of ''Mystery of the Wax Museum'' (1933). It was the first 3-D color feature film from a major American studio, following independent movie ''Bwana Devil''. These two movies sparked the 3-D movie boom of the 1950s. Price plays Professor Henry Jarrod, a devoted wax sculptor with a museum in 1910s New York. A disagreement with his financial partner, Matthew Burke, leaves Jarrod amid the burned ruins of his own museum, alive but severely injured. With the aid of a deaf-mute sculptor named Igor, Jarrod builds a new House of Wax that showcases historical and contemporary crimes, including the murder of his former business partner. However, all is not what it seems in Jarrod's wax museum, and a friend of Burke's fiancee is about to make a horrifying discovery... ''House of Wax'' was remade in 2005 as a slasher movie starring Elisha Cuthbert, with Creator/ParisHilton in her feature film debut (for which she won a GoldenRaspberryAward for worst actress). ---- !!Both the 1933 and 1953 films contain examples of: * AssholeVictim: Joe in the original, Matthew in the remake. * BattleAmongstTheFlames * TheCoroner * DamselInDistress * DeadGuyOnDisplay * DramaticUnmask: A pretty great example. ([[FridgeLogic But how could he keep his features so mobile?]]) ** And oddly enough, in both cases we'd already seen the horribly disfigured face under the mask; it just wasn't clear that they were the same person. * {{Fainting}} * InsuranceFraud * [[LatexPerfection Wax Perfection]] * MadArtist * NoOSHACompliance: The wax workshop. * PerpSweating * SceneryGorn * ScreamingWoman * StrappedToAnOperatingTable * TheVoiceless: Hugo in the 1933 film, Igor in the 1953 film. * WaxMuseumMorgue: The 1953 film is the TropeCodifier. * YoureInsane * TheXOfY !! The 1933 movie contains examples of: * AlliterativeName: Ivan Igor. ** TwoFirstNames * BelligerentSexualTension * CanOnlyMoveTheEyes * ClearMyName * CreepyBasement * FreudianSlip * HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday ** NewYearHasCome * HostileWeather * IntrepidReporter * RichSuitorPoorSuitor * SayMyName * SealedWithAKiss * SecretPath * SlapSlapKiss !! The 1953 movie contains examples of: * ThreeDMovie * TheAlcoholic * AntiVillain * AxeBeforeEntering * BerserkButton: Don't ask Jarrod about some crazy ideas like ... burning down his beloved wax figures. * BreakingTheFourthWall: The paddle ball barker. * ButLiquorIsQuicker: Cathy is onto him, though. * ChairmanOfTheBrawl * ChaseScene * CompositeCharacter: 3-into-2 instead of the usual 2-into-1. ''Mystery of the Wax Museum'' has the heroine, a victim she didn't know who becomes Joan of Arc, and her best friend who almost becomes the Marie Antoinette victim. Sue is a composite of the heroine and the Marie Antoinette victim, and Cathy is a composite of the best friend and the Joan of Arc victim. * GRatedDrug: More of a PG Rated Drug here -- the cops are able to track down Jarrod after depriving an alcoholic assistant of his of booze during the interrogation. In ''Mystery of the Wax Museum'', it is strongly implied to be something much stronger (an injected drug like morphine, cocaine, or heroin). * TheIgor: Jarrod's helper, named... [[ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin Igor]]. Played by Charles Bronson. * IncrediblyLamePun * OfCorsetHurts: Mentioned twice -- the heroine's [[TheDitz ditzy]] friend Cathy Gray has Sue lace her up until she can barely breathe, and a woman has trouble breathing prior to fainting, in Jarrod's Chamber of Horrors. -->"Is it your corset?" -->"No, my stomach; it turned over." ** OfCorsetsSexy: --->'''Cathy Gray:''' Oh that's all right, I don't need much breath anyway-- as my late friend Matty used to say, if a girl don't watch her figure the men won't. * OminousFog * PaddleballShot: The paddleball salesman scene is the TropeNamer. * TheRemake * SceneryCensor: Sue while she's [[StrappedToAnOperatingTable strapped]] naked beneath the vat. At least Fay Wray got wrapped in a shroud-like cloth. * SlippingAMickey * TitleDrop * ToThePain: Of course, Jarrod doesn't think he's torturing her but ''comforting her''. -->'''Jarrod:''' The end will come quickly, my love. It is a pain beyond pain, an agony so intense, it shocks the mind into instant oblivion. * WakingUpAtTheMorgue: Subverted twice -- the first time, a corpse sits up due to cadaveric spasm, but is still dead. The second time -- well, the character was just HiddenInPlainSight. !! The 2005 movie contains examples of: * ActionGirl: Carly, [[spoiler: she kills both of the villains]]. * ActorAllusion: The entire point of Paris Hilton's character. * AgonyOfTheFeet: Wade, and later, Paige * AnnoyingArrows: Averted. One of the killers brothers is shot and impaled with two arrows. He slowly (and very painfully) pulls out one from under his arm (which releases a lot of blood, and he promptly bandages it) and then tries to remove the one from the side of his chest, but the pain makes him vomit. Rather than risk passing out and bleeding to death he just cuts off the end of the arrow, leaving the rest in his chest. While one could argue that he should still have died from these injuries, [[spoiler: Carly beats him to death with a baseball bat later anyway]]. * BackupTwin: At the end of movie Bo and Vincent are revealed to have a third brother. * BadAss: Nick. Not once, not twice, but three times encountering and singlehandedly beating the hell right out of the main villain, including shooting him with a crossbow. Considering that one of these encounters involves the villain ambushing him with a knife, and the other has him effectively outnumbered in a slowly-melting house... ** Carly, in a way, qualifies. Having the self control to calm down and use her [[{{Squick}} own blood]] after having her [[{{Fingore}} finger cut off]] to open her recently glued mouth so she can warn her brother was pretty impressive. * BeautyIsNeverTarnished: Averted for the females as Carly gets her finger cut off and her lips glued together meaning she has to pull them apart and spends the rest of the film with a bloody mouth. Even Paige gets stabbed in the ankle. However Nick manages to go through the whole film with only just a little bit of dirt on himself. * CanOnlyMoveTheEyes * ConvectionSchmonvection: The main characters escape from said house as it melts and burns, not bothered by the heat at all. * CrazyJealousGuy: Wade is pretty damn jealous whenever other guys show an obvious attraction to Carly. From Dalton, who uses his camera as an excuse to be a pervert, to the truck driver, who is damn creepy, and Bo, who takes a good few seconds of what Wade thinks is LoveAtFirstSight between the two. [[spoiler: Fair enough with that last one, as after Wade is left for Vincent to kill, Bo kidnaps Carly to have [[IHaveYouNowMyPretty "fun"]] with her.]] * DeathByDisfigurement: Averted; the FinalGirl has one of her fingers cut off and survives. * DevelopingDoomedCharacters: You're begging for them to start dying about a minute into their introduction. * DontGoInTheWoods * EvilTwin * FanService: Nick removes his shirt for Carly to wear which allows viewers to see Chad Michael Murray shirtless and doubles by placing Elisha Cuthbert in a tank top for the rest of the movie. Oh and Paris Hilton's striptease of course. * FateWorseThanDeath: Wade. He gets turned into a wax sculpture, but doesn't die right away... * {{Fingore}}: Bo cuts the tip off of one of Carly's fingers. * ForcefulKiss: Averted. After gluing Carly's mouth closed, Bo seeming attempts to kiss her... but instead blows on the glue to help it dry faster. Though he does kiss her on the forehead. * HillbillyHorrors: This version takes place in the countryside with psycho killers. * IncestSubtext: Lots and lots of it. The movie gives the strong impression that [[{{Twincest}} Nick and Carly]] are actually the main couple of the story. [[http://x4ashes4ashes.wordpress.com/2010/09/17/house-of-wax-dismemberment-impaling-paris-hilton-decapitation-cw-stars-wax-and-twins/ There's even a whole analysis page for this]]. It's serious. * InNameOnly: The movie's plot seems to have been lifted almost completely from an obscure 1979 horror called ''[[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tourist_Trap Tourist Trap]]''. * MacGuffin: The college football game that Blake is dying to see is what causes the gang to be traveling that particular weekend. * ThePlace * PlayingAgainstType: Chad Michael Murray had initially only really played teen heartthrobs in movies and of course his ''OneTreeHill'' role so it was quite difficult for him to play bad boy Nick. Similarly Paris Hilton had pretty much just played herself before this film. Also Elisha Cuthbert's most well [[TheGirlNextDoor known role]] was as a MsFanservice, almost the complete opposite of a FinalGirl. * PlotInducedStupidity: All over the place. * ShoutOut: The villain is named Vincent. * SiblingRivalry * TraumaticHaircut: If you allow facial hair, Wade gets his beard and eyebrows waxed off against his will. * WalkingShirtlessScene: Nick and Blake ----[[redirect:HouseOfWax]]
25th Mar '13 5:33:19 PM Morgenthaler
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!! All three films are examples of: * DeadGuyOnDisplay * WaxMuseumMorgue: The 1953 film is the TropeCodifier. * TheXOfY

!! All three films are examples of: * DeadGuyOnDisplay * WaxMuseumMorgue: The 1953 film is the TropeCodifier. * TheXOfY DeadGuyOnDisplay

!! All three films are examples of: * DeadGuyOnDisplay * WaxMuseumMorgue: The 1953 film is the TropeCodifier. * TheXOfY TropeCodifier.

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10th Mar '13 6:41:06 AM Morgenthaler
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''HouseOfWax'' (1953) is an American horror film starring VincentPrice, whose career then took a turn primarily towards horror films. It is a remake of ''Mystery of the Wax Museum'' (1933). It was the first 3-D color feature film from a major American studio, following independent movie ''Bwana Devil''. These two movies sparked the 3-D movie boom of the 1950s.
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''HouseOfWax'' '''''House of Wax''''' (1953) is an American horror film starring VincentPrice, whose career then took a turn primarily towards horror films. It is a remake of ''Mystery of the Wax Museum'' (1933). It was the first 3-D color feature film from a major American studio, following independent movie ''Bwana Devil''. These two movies sparked the 3-D movie boom of the 1950s.

* FateWorseThanDeath: Wade. He gets turned into a wax sculpture, but doesn't die right away...]]
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* FateWorseThanDeath: Wade. He gets turned into a wax sculpture, but doesn't die right away...]]

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* FateWorseThanDeath: Wade. He gets turned into a wax sculpture, but doesn't die right away...]]HillbillyHorrors: This version takes place in the countryside with psycho killers.
22nd Feb '13 7:49:05 AM SeptimusHeap
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Sliding Scale Of Antiheroes was redirected. Deleting wicks to it, Anti Hero Zero Context Examples and "Type X" junk
* AntiHero: Nick is a [[SlidingScaleOfAntiHeroes Type III]].
7th Jan '13 10:31:15 AM Lale
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* BelligerentSexualTension

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* ClearMyName

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* RichSuitorPoorSuitor

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* SealedWithAKiss
14th Dec '12 8:46:47 AM TonyG
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* PaddleballShot: The paddleball salesman scene is the TropeNamer.
5th Dec '12 11:38:51 AM Deusirae76
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* WaxMuseumMorgue: The 1953 film is the TropeCodifier as far as many people are concerned.
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* WaxMuseumMorgue: The 1953 film is the TropeCodifier as far as many people are concerned.TropeCodifier.
5th Dec '12 11:36:23 AM Deusirae76
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''HouseOfWax'' (1953) is an American horror film starring VincentPrice, a remake of ''Mystery of the Wax Museum'' (1933). It was the first 3-D color feature film from a major American studio, following independent movie ''Bwana Devil''. These two movies sparked the 3-D movie boom of the 1950s.
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''HouseOfWax'' (1953) is an American horror film starring VincentPrice, whose career then took a turn primarily towards horror films. It is a remake of ''Mystery of the Wax Museum'' (1933). It was the first 3-D color feature film from a major American studio, following independent movie ''Bwana Devil''. These two movies sparked the 3-D movie boom of the 1950s.

* VincentPrice: This film was the point when Price's career took a turn primarily towards horror films.
31st Oct '12 12:09:43 PM MisterCPC
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* AssholeVictim: Joe in the original, Matthew in the remake.
6th Sep '12 11:45:21 AM MarkLungo
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''HouseOfWax'' was remade in 2005 as a slasher movie starring Elisha Cuthbert, with Paris Hilton in her feature film debut (for which she won a GoldenRaspberryAward for worst actress).
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''HouseOfWax'' ''House of Wax'' was remade in 2005 as a slasher movie starring Elisha Cuthbert, with Paris Hilton Creator/ParisHilton in her feature film debut (for which she won a GoldenRaspberryAward for worst actress).
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