DVD WATCH: “House of Wax” / “Mystery of the Wax Museum” (1953/1933)


Includes: “HOUSE OF WAX” (1953) starring Vincent Price, Phyllis Kirk, Frank Lovejoy, Carolyn Jones, Dabbs Greer, Roy Roberts, Paul Picerni. Directed by Andre de Toth. Color, standard frame, 88 minutes. English language- surround stereo, French mono, Spanish mono. Subtitles: English, French, Spanish, Portugese, Japanese, Chinese, Bahasa, Thai, Korean.
MYSTERY OF THE WAX MUSEUM” (1933) starring Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray, Glenda Farrell, Frank McHugh. Directed by Michael Curtiz. Color, standard frame, 77 minutes. English mono. Subtitles: English, French, Spanish.
Special features: “House of Wax” theatrical trailer, “House of Wax” premiere newsreel footage.

       This curious DVD release has the foresight to highlight not only a sparkling copy of the Vincent Price horror favorite, but also an equally impressive presentation of the original film from which it took it’s inspiration; an occasion for comparisons that is useful for cinephiles and a treat for the more casual horror film enthusiast as well.

Spearheading the initial 1950’s 3-D fad was “House of Wax”, Andre de Toth’s 1953 remake of the 1933 Michael Curtiz horror-mystery “Mystery of the Wax Museum”. The film is significant for several reasons, not only being the first major studio feature released in 3-D, but also as the vehicle which launched Vincent Price on a path to become the modern cinema’s most identifiable star of  American film horror.

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I've been a puppet, a pirate, a pauper, a poet, a pawn and a king, not necessarily in that order. My first major movie memory was being at the drive-in at about 1 1/2 yrs. old seeing "Sayonara" so I suppose an interest in film was inevitable. (For those scoring at home- good for you- I wasn't driving that evening, so no need to alert authorities.)Writer, critic and confessed spoiler of women, as I have a tendency to forget to put them back in the refrigerator. My apologies.
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1 Response to DVD WATCH: “House of Wax” / “Mystery of the Wax Museum” (1953/1933)

  1. Rick says:

    Doesn’t House of Wax also have the head of Charles Bronson?

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