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[[redirect:Film/HouseOfWax]]''House of Wax'' may refer to:

* The horror film ''Film/HouseOfWax1953'', starring Creator/VincentPrice
* The horror film ''Film/HouseOfWax2005'', a remake of the above film

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29th Nov '11 12:23:50 AM erforce
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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.

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...

''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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!! All three films are examples of:
* WaxMuseumMorgue: The 1953 film is the TropeCodifier as far as many people are concerned (but see Adaptation Displacement below).
* TheXOfY

!!Both the 1933 and 1953 films contain examples of:
* BattleAmongstTheFlames
* TheCoroner
* DamselInDistress
* DramaticUnmask: A pretty great example. ([[FridgeLogic But how could he keep his features so mobile?]])
* {{Fainting}}
* InsuranceFraud
* MadArtist
* PerpSweating
* SceneryGorn
* ScreamingWoman
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable
* TheVoiceless: Hugo in the 1933 film, Igor in the 1953 film.
* YoureInsane

!! The 1933 movie contains examples of:
* AlliterativeName: Ivan Igor.
** TwoFirstNames
* CanOnlyMoveTheEyes
* CreepyBasement
* FreudianSlip
* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday
** NewYearHasCome
* HostileWeather
* IntrepidReporter
* SayMyName
* SecretPath
* SlapSlapKiss

!! The 1953 movie contains examples of:
* [=~3D Movie~=]
* TheAlcoholic
* AxeBeforeEntering
* BreakingTheFourthWall
* ButLiquorIsQuicker
* ChairmanOfTheBrawl
* ChaseScene
* 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]].
* IncrediblyLamePun
* OfCorsetsSexy: The heroine's [[TheDitz ditzy]] friend Sue Allen brings this up while being laced up.
* TheRemake
* SlippingAMickey
* TitleDrop
* VincentPrice: This film was the point when Price's career took a turn primarily towards horror films.
* 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.
* 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.
* CanOnlyMoveTheEyes
* [=~Complaining About Shows You Don't Watch~=]: You will get a large amount of people saying how awful the movie is and you will find that they will only say that because they heard Paris Hilton was in it.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: The main characters escape from said house as it melts and burns, not bothered by the heat at all.
* DeathByDisfigurement: Averted; the FinalGirl has one of her fingers cut off and survives.
* 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 [[{{HighOctaneNightmareFuel}} 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.
* FridgeHorror: At the end of the film Nick takes Dalton's camera because there's a lot of good memories on there. However Vincent also filmed Carly sleeping as well as Paige after she'd been killed. Carly and Nick are in for a shock when they go to watch it.
* 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 remake'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
* PlotInducedStupidity: All over the place.
* ShoutOut: The villain in the remake is named Vincent.
* SiblingRivalry
* TraumaticHaircut: If you allow facial hair, Wade gets his beard and eyebrows waxed off against his will.
* TwentyMinutesWithJerks: You're begging for them to start dying about a minute into their introduction.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Nick and Blake

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[[quoteright:325:http://static.tvtropes.org/pmwiki/pub/images/HouseOfWax.jpg]]

''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.

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...

''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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!! All three films are examples of:
* WaxMuseumMorgue: The 1953 film is the TropeCodifier as far as many people are concerned (but see Adaptation Displacement below).
* TheXOfY

!!Both the 1933 and 1953 films contain examples of:
* BattleAmongstTheFlames
* TheCoroner
* DamselInDistress
* DramaticUnmask: A pretty great example. ([[FridgeLogic But how could he keep his features so mobile?]])
* {{Fainting}}
* InsuranceFraud
* MadArtist
* PerpSweating
* SceneryGorn
* ScreamingWoman
* StrappedToAnOperatingTable
* TheVoiceless: Hugo in the 1933 film, Igor in the 1953 film.
* YoureInsane

!! The 1933 movie contains examples of:
* AlliterativeName: Ivan Igor.
** TwoFirstNames
* CanOnlyMoveTheEyes
* CreepyBasement
* FreudianSlip
* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday
** NewYearHasCome
* HostileWeather
* IntrepidReporter
* SayMyName
* SecretPath
* SlapSlapKiss

!! The 1953 movie contains examples of:
* [=~3D Movie~=]
* TheAlcoholic
* AxeBeforeEntering
* BreakingTheFourthWall
* ButLiquorIsQuicker
* ChairmanOfTheBrawl
* ChaseScene
* 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]].
* IncrediblyLamePun
* OfCorsetsSexy: The heroine's [[TheDitz ditzy]] friend Sue Allen brings this up while being laced up.
* TheRemake
* SlippingAMickey
* TitleDrop
* VincentPrice: This film was the point when Price's career took a turn primarily towards horror films.
* 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.
* 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.
* CanOnlyMoveTheEyes
* [=~Complaining About Shows You Don't Watch~=]: You will get a large amount of people saying how awful the movie is and you will find that they will only say that because they heard Paris Hilton was in it.
* ConvectionSchmonvection: The main characters escape from said house as it melts and burns, not bothered by the heat at all.
* DeathByDisfigurement: Averted; the FinalGirl has one of her fingers cut off and survives.
* 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 [[{{HighOctaneNightmareFuel}} 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.
* FridgeHorror: At the end of the film Nick takes Dalton's camera because there's a lot of good memories on there. However Vincent also filmed Carly sleeping as well as Paige after she'd been killed. Carly and Nick are in for a shock when they go to watch it.
* 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 remake'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
* PlotInducedStupidity: All over the place.
* ShoutOut: The villain in the remake is named Vincent.
* SiblingRivalry
* TraumaticHaircut: If you allow facial hair, Wade gets his beard and eyebrows waxed off against his will.
* TwentyMinutesWithJerks: You're begging for them to start dying about a minute into their introduction.
* WalkingShirtlessScene: Nick and Blake

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30th Sep '11 2:45:26 PM WillBGood
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** TwoFirstNames



* TwoFirstNames: Ivan Igor.

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* TwoFirstNames: Ivan Igor.
30th Sep '11 2:43:24 PM WillBGood
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* TheyJustDidntCare: The director of the film, Andre de Toth, was ''[[DeafComposer blind in one eye]]'' and openly wore an eyepatch. Apparently the studio higher-ups didn't think depth perception was a requirement for making a 3D movie.



* ActorAllusion: The entire point of Paris Hilton's character.



* [=~ Hey, It's That Guy!~=]: [[{{Supernatural}} Sam Winchester]] gets turned into a wax sculpture in the remake. Also [[TwentyFour Kim Bauer]] is the heroine.
** The entire point of Paris Hilton's character is a long ActorAllusion.
30th Sep '11 2:40:36 PM WillBGood
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!! The 1933 movie contains examples of:
* AlliterativeName: Ivan Igor.

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!! The !!Both the 1933 movie contains and 1953 films contain examples of:
* AlliterativeName: Ivan Igor.
of:



* CanOnlyMoveTheEyes



* CreepyBasement



* DramaticUnmask

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* DramaticUnmaskDramaticUnmask: A pretty great example. ([[FridgeLogic But how could he keep his features so mobile?]])



* FreudianSlip
* [=~Hey, It's That Guy!~=]: The original [[KingKong Ann Darrow]] is Charlotte and [[SonOfFrankenstein Krogh]] is Ivan.
* [=~Horror Doesn't Settle For Simple Tuesday~=]
* HostileWeather



* IntrepidReporter
* MadArtist: Ivan.
* NewYearHasCome

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* IntrepidReporter
* MadArtist: Ivan.
* NewYearHasCome
MadArtist



* SayMyName



* SecretPath
* SlapSlapKiss



* TheVoiceless: Hugo in the 1933 film, Igor in the 1953 film.
* YoureInsane

!! The 1933 movie contains examples of:
* AlliterativeName: Ivan Igor.
* CanOnlyMoveTheEyes
* CreepyBasement
* FreudianSlip
* HorrorDoesntSettleForSimpleTuesday
** NewYearHasCome
*HostileWeather
* IntrepidReporter
* SayMyName
* SecretPath
* SlapSlapKiss



* TheVoiceless
* [=~You're Insane!~=]

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* TheVoiceless
* [=~You're Insane!~=]



* BattleAmongstTheFlames



* TheCoroner
* DamselInDistress
* DramaticUnmask: A pretty great example. ([[FridgeLogic But how could he keep his features so mobile?]])
* {{Fainting}}



** [=~Hey, It's That Guy!~=]: This was one of CharlesBronson's first movie roles (under his original name, Charles Buchinsky).



* InsuranceFraud
* OfCorsetsSexy: The heroine's [[TheDitz ditzy]] friend Sue Allen (played by [[AddamsFamily Carolyn Jones]]!) brings this up while being laced up.
* PerpSweating

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* InsuranceFraud
* OfCorsetsSexy: The heroine's [[TheDitz ditzy]] friend Sue Allen (played by [[AddamsFamily Carolyn Jones]]!) brings this up while being laced up.
* PerpSweating
up.



* SceneryGorn
* ScreamingWoman



* StrappedToAnOperatingTable
* [=~They Just Didn't Care~=]: The director of the film, Andre de Toth, was ''[[DeafComposer blind in one eye]]'' and openly wore an eyepatch. Apparently the studio higher-ups didn't think depth perception was a requirement for making a 3D movie.

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* StrappedToAnOperatingTable
* [=~They Just Didn't Care~=]:
TheyJustDidntCare: The director of the film, Andre de Toth, was ''[[DeafComposer blind in one eye]]'' and openly wore an eyepatch. Apparently the studio higher-ups didn't think depth perception was a requirement for making a 3D movie.



* TheVoiceless



30th Sep '11 2:26:28 PM WillBGood
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* ShoutOut: The villain in the remake is named Vincent in honor of the star of the original.

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* ShoutOut: The villain in the remake is named Vincent in honor of the star of the original.Vincent.
30th Sep '11 2:25:48 PM WillBGood
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* JustHereForGodzilla: There's a large chunk of people who sought out the movie to A: see how bad Paris Hilton's acting was and B: see Hilton's character die.
30th Sep '11 2:25:03 PM WillBGood
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* DeafComposer: Director Andrè Toth had no depth perception because he was one eyed, so he couldn't see the film's 3D sequences.



* [=~They Just Didn't Care~=]: The director of the film, Andre de Toth, was ''blind in one eye'' and openly wore an eyepatch. Apparently the studio-higher ups didn't think depth perception was a requirement for making a 3D movie.

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* [=~They Just Didn't Care~=]: The director of the film, Andre de Toth, was ''blind ''[[DeafComposer blind in one eye'' eye]]'' and openly wore an eyepatch. Apparently the studio-higher ups studio higher-ups didn't think depth perception was a requirement for making a 3D movie.
30th Sep '11 2:23:50 PM WillBGood
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* DeafComposer: Director Andrè Toth had no depth perception because he was one eyed, so he couldn't see the film's 3D sequences.


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* DeafComposer: Director Andrè Toth had no depth perception because he was one eyed, so he couldn't see the film's 3D sequences.
6th Sep '11 1:00:44 PM rman
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* ActionGirl: Carly, [[spoiler: she kills both of the villains]].


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* Fingore: Bo cuts the tip off of one of Carly's fingers.
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