01 September 2014

House of Wax (1953)
88 min.
Directed by Andre de Toth.
With Vincent Price, Phyllis Kirk, Frank Lovejoy, Carolyn Jones, Paul Picerni, Roy Roberts, Paul Cavanagh, Charles Bronson.
The 1950s classic - which led to Vincent Price's long and distinguished career in horror films - remains a bonafide classic through the decades.

Price plays Professor Henry Jarrod, head of a wax museum and artistic sculptor who's not experiencing much career success of late.

But when a greedy business associate sets fire to the museum, in the hopes of getting some insurance money, Jarrod nearly loses his life trying to escape the blaze - and is left horribly disfigured in the process.

Years later, Jarrod resurfaces and opens a new museum. For art's sake, this time? No. For revenge!

Soon, he sets about creating wax figures for his museum from real people...

Simply beautiful from start to finish, Price is utterly terrific here and it's little wonder audiences came to identify the soft-spoken actor with the horror genre henceforth.

House of Wax also has one of our favorite shots: the disfigured Price sulking stealthily through the misty dark backstreets of the city at night.

Look for a young Carolyn Jones, "Morticia" of the later TV series The Addams Family.

Originally released in 3D.

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