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This 3D high-def edition of the Vincent Price chiller may just be the Blu-ray catalog title of the year...
Warner / 90 Minutes / 1953 / Unrated / Street Date: October 1, 2013
"I'm sorry. Shaking hands with me is an unpleasant experience: My hands are no longer hands..."
The way Vincent Price digs his horror fangs into House of Wax, the notorious 1953 Andre de Toth chiller, makes for an effortlessly enjoyable, popcorn-chomping good time. This picture is by no means a stellar artistic achievement but the sheer fun of it all is positively contagious. By today's standards this flick probably gets a little boring at times and during the film's middle third Price doesn't even show up all that much, but for a 50s horror flick, House of Wax has enough going for it to make it well worth checking out.
And now’s the time, folks. The TLC afforded House of Wax on this 3D Blu-ray release is enough to bring a tear to one’s eye. Sure, the movie’s shtick will be too much for many modern viewers to handle, but in both 2D and 3D, the movie is a raging success in high-def. Also, as was the case with the movie’s last DVD edition, Warner has also graciously included Michael Curtiz's original The Mystery of the Wax Museum, which inspired this not-really-a-remake. Nice touch. The Price version still gets the nod just because he's in it, and we even get a young Charles Bronson popping up as a sunken-cheek weirdo. Great stuff!
Ironic footnote: Director Andre de Toth was blind in one eye, and therefore unable to experience the novelty of 3D. What did that mean for his vision of the film? Was he placating to the studios by concocting visual gimmicks to further the cause of 3D, or did he conceptualize the film with the format firm in his mind?