Turning the Gothic classic into a modern teen Slasher should have been a complete disaster, but somehow HOUSE OF WAX (2005) succeeds in creating a fun if not basic remake. Working against it are all of the cliched Teen Horror trademarks found in its pretty cast, gratuitous sex, and cheap scares, let alone the fact that it was produced through Dark Castle Entertainment, notorious for such trashy remakes as HOUSE ON HAUNTED HILL or THIR13EN GHOSTS. Now, no one is arguing that this is a great Horror film, because it's not, but it is a genuine good time and a guilty pleasure for gore and Slasher fans. It takes the basic premise of the two original films, kicks up the pace, chucks a bucket of blood in their faces, and in an unexpected surprise, even manages to top the design through its impressive special FX and set work. Sure, you can't name a single character by the end of the film, but who really cares when most of them are just pins to be knocked down by the blade wielding brothers? The derivative plot is just familiar enough to maintain interest until the blood starts spewing, and from that moment on it is one brutal death after another for each of the Barbie doll characters. I love the idea of the entire city being part of the exhibit, and the grand finale where the literal House of Wax melts in on itself is nothing short of incredible. What can I say? I really like the film. Anyone that overlooked it for being just another entry in a long line of remakes should give it a chance, it's got enough blood and scares to warrant at least a single view!
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