The Front Row View: House of Wax (1953)

The Front Row View is a regular column by Great Stories contributor Jim Cannizzaro.  He is a veteran community theater leading man, seasoned blogger, movie enthusiast, and family man.


For good old fashioned-chills at Halloween, it’s hard to beat Andre DeToth’s 1953 House of Wax. Colorful cinematography, a creepy score, a fun plot and a wonderful supporting cast (including a pre-Morticia Addams Carolyn Jones and a young actor named Charles Buchinsky, who would later change his last name to Bronson) add up to a scary movie that the whole family can see (except for younger children). This was the movie that started the horror career of that wonderful ham Vincent Price. For years afterward, horror fans would remember fondly Price’s pleasantly bonkers performance as the sculptor Henry Jarrod whose wax figures might be…..bodies stolen from the local morgue! And who, or what, put them there in the first place?! (Cue horrified music). It was originally released in 3-D, but it’s more than effective in it’s flat version. “Won’t you be my Marie Antoinette?” Heh heh heh.


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