Film / House of Wax (2005)

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House of Wax is a 2005 Hillbilly Horrors Slasher Movie. It is purportedly a remake of a 1953 Vincent Price film of the same name (but see below). It stars Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, Jared Padalecki, and Paris Hilton.

Carly, her boyfriend, her other friends, and her brother are on their way to a major football game. They get lost on the drive there, and are eventually lured into a Ghost Town (the fictional town of Ambrose, Louisiana) where a killer is waiting for them.


This film provides examples of:

  • Abusive Parents:
    • Bo and Vincent's parents strapped one of their children into his high chair if he was misbehaving and the mother is shown hitting him in the face.
    • Nick and Carly's parents were emotionally abusive to Nick during his teenage years, frequently comparing him to Carly and eventually leading him to think of himself as The Unfavourite.
  • Action Girl: Carly, she kills both of the villains.
  • And I Must Scream: Wade is knocked out and covered in wax, then placed in an exhibit. In contrast to the other victims, he's still alive when this happens.
  • Agony of the Feet:
    • Vincent subdues Wade by pulling the scissors on his ankle.
    • Paige also gets stabbed through the heel.
  • Alas, Poor Villain: The last two shots of Vincent and Bo with their bodies stacked up in reminiscent of how they were first conjoined before they were separated by their doctor father as they are submerged by the pool of wax would count.
  • Annoying Arrows: 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, Carly beats him to death with a baseball bat later anyway.
  • Backup Twin: At the end of movie Bo and Vincent are revealed to have a third brother. He's not a triplet though, evidenced by the beginning scene.
  • Barbarian Long Hair: Vincent has a long black mane, fitting considering he's a psycho.
  • Beauty Is Never Tarnished: 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.
  • Big Brother Instinct: Nick towards Carly, as revealed when the killers attack. She more than returns the favour in the climax.
  • Camera Fiend: Dalton, who is quite fond of filming the couples making out.
  • Can Only Move the Eyes: Wade when he's found in the museum.
  • Chekhov's Gunman: Subverted. Carly sees an old woman pulling her curtain back as Bo is attacking her. When she escapes and goes to that woman for help, it turns out she's just a wax figure too - on a mechanism to help her pull the curtain.
  • Convection Schmonvection: The main characters escape from said house as it melts and burns, not bothered by the heat at all.
  • Conspicuous CG: Averted. The melting of the house in the finale looks pretty realistic.
  • Country Mouse: Mocked by Nick as he makes fun of Wade not wanting to move to New York.
  • Cuteness Proximity: Carly Squees when she sees a pet store.
  • Dead Guy on Display: Naturally all the figures in the House of Wax are real people.
  • Death by Disfigurement: Averted; the Final Girl has one of her fingers cut off and survives.
  • Death by Sex: Downplayed, to the point of almost being subverted. Paige might be pregnant, implying that she and Blake have had sex. But they get killed off after she decides not to fool around.
  • Decoy Protagonist: Wade looks like he'll be a prominent character, judging by his status as Carly's boyfriend. He's the first one killed off.
  • Developing Doomed Characters: The film opens with a subplot about how twins Nick and Carly are at odds, Paige is worried she might be pregnant and Carly is anxious about taking a job opportunity in New York. All of which is rendered meaningless when the horror starts.
  • Don't Go in the Woods: The horror kicks off when the kids decide to sleep in a campsite near the woods.
  • Dwindling Party: The party begins with six friends (Carly, Nick, Paige, Blake, Dalton and Wade) ... and ends with two. It is strongly implied that several large parties of tourists, college students, etc. have visited the town before with all of them falling victim to Bo and Vincent.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Although Dalton has a slightly pervy crush on Carly and films everyone with his camera, he too stands in front of her to prevent Lester from watching her change.
  • Evil Twin: Discussed by Carly. She said Nick often got a hard time from their parents, leading to him thinking of himself as the evil twin. Bo is Vincent's Evil Twin.
  • Fan Disservice: Jared Padalecki shirtless? How about when he's being sprayed with boiling hot wax - after he's been drugged to boot.
  • 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. note  Oh, and Paris Hilton's striptease of course.
  • Fate Worse Than Death: Wade. He gets turned into a wax sculpture, but doesn't die right away...
  • Faux Affably Evil: Bo. He first appears to be charming, but is really Ax-Crazy.
  • Final Girl: Carly, who (barely, along with Nick) escape the burning wax house moments before it collapses into its cellar.
  • Fingore: Bo cuts the tip off of one of Carly's fingers.
  • Flayed Alive: Wade, in very disturbing detail.
  • Forceful Kiss: Averted. After gluing Carly's mouth closed, Bo seemingly attempts to kiss her... but instead blows on the glue to help it dry faster. Though he does kiss her on the forehead.
  • Gorn: Yeah, it's not exactly for the squeamish.
  • Hillbilly Horrors: This version takes place in the countryside with psycho killers.
  • I Have You Now, My Pretty: Bo towards Carly. It would have probably gone further had Nick and Dalton not come.
  • In-Name-Only: The movie's plot seems to have been lifted almost completely from an obscure 1979 horror called Tourist Trap.
  • Infant Immortality: Downplayed. Paige may be pregnant and she gets killed off....
  • Irony: Blake and Paige are attacked while listening to a voicemail from Carly calling them for help.
  • Karma Houdini: It's clear at the end that nothing happens to Bo and Vincent's brother Lester, who drove Carly and Wade to Ambrose at the beginning and possibly drove or directed many victims to Ambrose in the past.
  • Kill the Cutie: Most slasher films have at least one good looking chick killed, in horrifying fashion, at some point in the film. Paris Hilton is no different when she gets impaled in the head by a giant pole Bo lobs at her. note .
  • MacGuffin: The college football game that Blake is dying to see is what causes the gang to be travelling that particular weekend.
  • Male Gaze: While Vincent is trying to stab Paige in the chest, the camera angle allows her breasts to be on convenient display.
  • My Sister Is Off-Limits!: Nick says this about Dalton's interest in Carly.
  • Pair the Spares: Parodied. Dalton films Wade and Carly making out, then Blake and Paige. He starts filming Nick, who then says "don't think about it. I ain't kissing you, dude".
  • The Place
  • Red Herring: Carly's voicemail to Blake, during which Bo attacks her. While he does hear it, he's attacked by Vincent before he can do anything about it.
  • Rule of Sexy: Why, exactly, does Paige feel the need to strip down to her lingerie and do a striptease right before breaking the news that she's pregnant to her boyfriend? The director probably doesn't know either. But, dammit, they paid for Paris Hilton's bod, and they were gonna show it off! They were about to have sex, but she stopped because she wanted to actually talk instead of fool around.
  • Shirtless Scene:
    • Blake gets one when he's waking up the morning after the party. And another when he and Paige are about to fool around.
    • Nick takes off his shirt to give to Carly to wear.
  • Shout-Out: The villain is named Vincent.
  • Sibling Rivalry: Between Nick and Carly, due to their parents favouring Carly during their teen years.
  • Slashers Prefer Blondes: Blonde Paige is killed. It's no coincidence that Elisha Cuthbert who plays Carly has her normally blonde hair brunette in this film.
  • Town with a Dark Secret: Ambrose is now a ghost town where all the residents have been turned into waxworks.
  • Traumatic Haircut: If you allow facial hair, Wade gets his beard and eyebrows waxed off against his will.
  • Wax Museum Morgue: There's a literal example downstairs with the bodies that haven't been displayed yet.
  • Where Da White Women At?: Black Blake and white Paige.
  • The X of Y
  • You Can Leave Your Hat On: Paige does this for Blake - right before she plans to tell him she's pregnant. Well played, Paris.

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