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Title: PUBLISHED: House of Wax (2006)
Post by: cath on June 28, 2007, 07:41:17 PM

Published here:

In honor of Paris Hilton being released from Prison, I give you:

Rated: R
3 slimes
Copyright Company and Date: Warner Bros. Pictures 2006
Submitted by Cath


Carly - Elisha Cuthbert! The good twin with a bland boyfriend. She survives, but with a stumpy finger.
Nick - Chad Michael Murray! The evil twin, he probably wishes Blake hadn't bailed him out of prison.
Wade - Jared Padalecki! As bland as his counterpart in Gilmore Girls. Gets turned into a wax figure by Vincent.
Paige - Paris Hilton! The token slutty girl. Might be Pregnant. Gets impaled by Vincent.
Blake - The token black guy, gets knifed by Vincent.
Dalton - I think he was just stuck in the movie as an afterthought. Gets the axe by Vincent.
Bo - Crazy evil dude, apparently keeps fan belts at his house. Gets bludgeoned to death.
Vincent - Silent, deformed, and quite possibly the best character in the movie. The obvious homage to Vincent Price.

Things I learned from this Movie

All sets of twins have a good half and an evil half.
New York has buildings as tall as the sky.
Grown men crap their work pants quite often.
Elton John is gay.
Crazy glue is the superior gagging method of choice.
Never stick your finger up through a sewer grating.
Most parents won't let their sons marry Paris Hilton.
There are no Red Necks in New York.
No one suspects anything unusual is happening if you order rather large shipments of wax on a regular basis to a ghost town.
Wax melts.

5 min - No! Not the GPS!
7 min - Ah, Paris is reliving her sex video days...
20 min - I wonder if she was sitting in poison ivy.
30 min - I wish gas was that cheap now.
34 min - I wonder how it managed to survive numerous summers.
58 min - That's not the ONLY thing that's been under his robe.
67 min - Oh Dalton. Now Carly will NEVER go out with you.
72 min - Now is probably not the time to tell him you might be pregnant.
76 min - The scene 3/4ths of the audience went to see the movie for.
99 min - Yeah, that'll keep him out of a door made of WAX
102 min - ....Delicious...
105 min - Depends on your idea of good memories, Nick.
106 min - I really hope that's not a sequel I'm smelling.


Wade: Sorry. There were these two drunk rednecks wrestling in the bathroom.
Paige: There's no rednecks in New York.
Wade: No. There's not.

Bo: What are you doing?
Carly: Waiting for Wade.
Bo: This is my truck!
Carly: You're the guy from the campsite.

Bo: I'm sorry momma. These people just don't have respect.

Carly: What about Wade? I think he has him too. What if he turns him to wax?
Nick: What do you mean wax?
Carly: You don't get it! They're all wax, everyone!


The movie starts out in 1970 something, but I was too busy eating milk duds to really notice. There are several artsy shots of melted and then solidified wax. We then pan out to reveal a woman melting wax on her stove. Throughout the rest of the ďprologueĒ, all the heads of the actors are chopped out of the scene, in an attempt to be ďartsyĒ. Itís mostly just obnoxious. A little boy in a high chair happily eats his cheerios.

The woman pours the wax into a face mold, and I popped a few more milk duds, wondering when the heck this movie was going to get scary. A man carries in a screaming wild child, and he and the woman strap and duct tape him to his high chair. We see a few more artsy scenes of bloodstains where the restraints hurt the kid. Slightly sad, I suppose. The kid scratches his mom, and she slaps the crap out of him.

We then go to a diner where a bunch of stupid kids talk about New York for some reason. Theyíre going on a road trip to Baton Rouge for some football game. Chad Michael Murray is not much liked by the movie kids, but much liked by all the females in the theater.

Then, in the first five minutes of the movie, I realize their grand mistake could have been avoided had the token black kid been smart. NEVER EVER try to find a short cut with your GPS in your car. You will get horridly, horridly lost. Speaking from EXPERIENCE here.

Anyway, Paris Hilton makes out with him, jokes are made about her sex video, and then we see them driving. More stuff I donít care about (mostly Nick making fun of anyone), and more jokes are made about Parisí sex video. Their shortcut is blocked off, so they pull over to camp. Stupid idea, of course. They hang around, doing what stupid kids do, Nick is mad at the world (heís the evil twin, Carly is the good twin).

How sweet. Two sets of twins.

Anyway, Dalton is running around with a video camera. Paris Hilton then proceeds to give him a makeover, and I cannot for the life of me fathom why. Some guy drives up in his truck and shines his lights on the kids for like, five minutes. We see an arm hanging out of the window, and that this arm has scars on the wrists. Itís the bad twin from the beginning! Frankly, Iíd go up to the truck and see what he wanted (arming myself of course), but the stupid kids only have Nick throw a beer bottle, breaking the front headlight. The truck drives off.

Everyoneís asleep, and Iím wondering why Paris and Blake have their own tent and the other four have to share.  Someone stole the video camera, and is taping the girls faces. Why? I have no idea, but Carly wakes up and goes exploring in her hotpants. Her boyfriend Wade scares the crap out of her and then they go back to bed, Carly insisting she heard something.

Randomly through the evening they smelled dead animal smell, and in the morning, Paris and Carly are doing their business and smell the bad smell again. They go to investigate like stupid people.

The fanbelt of Wadeís car is revealed to have been broken, despite the fact that it was brand new. Carly tumbles nearly headfirst in a pit of dead animals, and she screams for help as she tries to push herself back up the hill, and Boyfriend Wade comes to the rescue, pulling her out. A truck drives up, and the kids decide itís not the one from the night before because itís headlight isnít busted. He backs up, and tosses a roadkill deer onto the pit.

Nick gives Carly his wife beater, which is a bit big, but magically transforms to fit her two scenes later. The roadkill guy offers Wade and Carly a ride into a nearby town to get a new fanbelt as the rest go on to the football game. Everyone stupidly agrees. The guy is creepy, and further proves his creepiness by whipping out a bowie knife and embedding it into his dashboard.

The road to the town is water blocked, but Carly and Wade decide to walk the rest of the way because theyíre afraid the guy is going to slash them or something. The guy agrees, but is p**sed off that they didnít accept his kindness, since the town was just around the bend. The Town IS just around the bend, and Wade proclaims heís an a***ole. Carly agrees. The gas station is empty (as is the rest of the town), so they go to the church to ask questions. A funeral is going on , and a man in black is inexplicably kneeling in front of the casket while the preacher is giving the eulogy. Highly suspect.

They leave, embarrassed, and the man in black comes out and yells at them. He goes back in, and Wade proclaims heís an a***ole twice today. Carly agrees. The man comes out seconds later, apologizes, and hits on Carly, saying heíll be at the gas station (heís the owner, Bo), in half an hour to give them the fan belt.

Wade and Carly agree, and Wade is mad at Carly because Dalton has a crush on her, and now this guy. Carly proclaims heís three times an a***ole today. Wade asks if heís her favorite a***ole. This is ďfunny.Ē

They see the House of Wax, and stupidly go in to look around. Their arrival signals a man with beautiful girl hair who is sculpting a womanís bosom. He goes to investigate. Wade exclaims that the house really is made of wax. I canít bring myself to care. They go in. The sculptures are creepily lifelike, but everyone in creation whoís seen the preview knows that itís because theyíre real people. In fact, everyone in the town is a wax sculpture, the idiots just havenít realized it yet.

Wade plays around on the piano and Carly notes that every sculpture is done by a guy named Vincent who has very nice handwriting. She dusts off a mirror and sees a reflection of a man with beautiful girl hair in the window. She freaks, and Wade goes to investigate. There is nothing. Itís getting dark, and Wade and Carly leave the House of Wax.

We flash back to see that the other kids couldnít get through traffic and turn around. The other kids reach the campsite, and are called by Carly, who asks for them to pick her and Wade up at the road block. The black kid wonít go because he wants to make some sweet loving to Paris (who, earlier, said she just might be pregnant, but I didnít remember because the fact that a slut might be pregnant just isnít ďshockingĒ). Nick and Dalton go to pick up the wayward couple.

Bo comes by the gas station, where Carly and Wade already note that he doesnít have the right size fan belt. He says he does at his house, and Carly and Wade are suspicious, and rightly so. They walk over to the house anyway, and Carly waits in the car while Wade uses the facilities and Bo changes his clothes and gets the stuff.

Wade snoops, and while doing so, Vincent is coming through a trap door and uses scissors to cut through Wadeís Achilles Tendon, and also stabs him in the shoulder. He (that is, Vincent), is sporting a mask that reminds one of Mike Myers from the Halloween series that never ended. Except Halloween III because that one had absolutely nothing to do with the rest of the series and made one wonder whether they rented the right movie. He drags him down into his wax works, waxes his eyebrows (why?!), and sews up his shoulder and ankle. He then strips him and gives him a nice relaxing wax shower.

Bo comes back with the fan belt, but Carly is scared because Wade never came back and she discovered the truck is the same one from the night before. He asks her whatís wrong, and she locks the truck so he canít come in. Bo breaks the window with his elbow, and tries to grab her. She manages to put the truck in gear and drive around (upside down!), and fling Bo off. She drives over a ditch, effectively getting the truck stuck. She hops out and runs for town.               
Paris is doing a strip tease for the Blake. Then she realizes she has to tell him sheís pregnant. After sheís gotten him all... well, you know. Before she can tell him, their music goes off, so the Nick goes out and checks the boom box. He sees Carly tried to call, and listened to the message. He is concerned.

Carly goes into the church, and realizes all the mourners and preacher alike are wax. Big surprise. She looks at a bulletin, and realizes the services is for the mother of the twins, and the wax sculptor who created the House of Wax. Earlier, the creepy roadkill guy had explained that she went crazy from a brain cyst, and her husband killed himself. I couldnít bring myself to care.

Bo is coming for her. She hides. Bo tells his mama heís sorry, and goes around looking for Carly. He eventually finds her under the Priestís robe. For some reason, that struck me as incredibly hilarious. He carries her back to the gas station, where he straps her into a seat like in a dentistís office. I noted that heís not intending to rape her since he tapes her legs together. I donít know whether that makes me happy or puzzled. We also see Boís wrists, and we now know heís the insane twin from the flashback at the beginning.

He then applies super glue to her lips, so she canít scream. Obviously, a normal gag will not work. Either that or he just was itching to use it lately so heíd have an excuse to get high. He moves in as if to kiss her (although, I donít know why sheís so freaked out by it... why would he glue his lips to hers?), but he just blows on the glue. Boís obviously rather screwed up in the head.

Nick and Dalton show up in town, but canít find Wade or Carly. They stupidly split up to find them. Nick notes everything in town is closed, and goes back to the gas station. Dalton goes into the House of Wax, where he sees Wax Wade sitting at the piano. He peels wax off his cheek, and realizes heís still alive. Itís also pulling the skin off Wax Wadeís bones, but Dalton canít realize it. Vincent gives both him and Wax Wade the ax. Dalton is decapitated. I canít bring myself to care.
Carly manages to free one arm, and Bo and Nick chat about how Bo didnít see Wax Wade or Carly. Heís obviously lying, even to Nick. Carly sticks her finger up through a gutter grate to get her brotherís attention, but Bo uses clippers and cuts off her finger at the first knuckle. I was so surprised they actually did that, I was stunned. Carly peels her lips apart and screams for her brother, who comes to the rescue by trying to kick the crap out of Bo. It doesnít work. Nick locks himself in the gas station and goes down to unstrap Carly and bind her finger. Bo is p**sed.

Paris goes to bed because Blake never came back, but soon enough she goes out to investigate in her underwear. We already knew she was marked for dead because she was a slut, but she just signed her own death warrant there. She sees her boyfriend dead, and Vincent chases her to a Sugar Mill that inexplicably appeared out of nowhere. She runs upstairs, and Vincent tries to stab her feet through the grating. It works. She runs downstairs, tries to dial out from a pile of cell phones, and then hides in a car. Vincent impales her through the head with a stake. He then films himself with the other kids camera as he pulls it out.

Nick arms himself with a cross bow, and are chased by Shot gun totiní Bo into the movie theater where a creepy old movie is playing, and they pretend to be wax sculptures. It doesnít work too well, but Nick shoots Bo through the arm, and they end up in the lobby, where Boís then again shot by another bolt through the upper chest. There are no more shot gun shells, so Nick and Carly go find the cell phone.

Itís not in Boís truck, so they go inside his house to look for some other stuff. Carly finds articles about siamese twins, and itís obvious thatís what Bo and Vincent were. Vincent was joined at the back of Boís skull, and was removed, but was deformed forever. Thus the mask. I couldnít bring myself to care.  They see guns, but Bo is coming back, so they hide. Carly sees him go to his sink and pull the crossbow bolts out. Vincent shows up in a tow truck with the Blakeís truck and his and Parisí bodies. Carly is upset. So is Bo, because he yells at his brother that heís a freak and shouldnít go off alone. Vincent doesnít seem to care, much like me.

Bo then says theyíre almost done with what their mother started, and wouldnít she be proud? Vincent is too busy smoothing the wax on his mask to care. Bo hears a noise, so he goes to investigate, Carly ran upstairs, and is caught by Nick, who shushes her. They inexplicably find a trap door on the second level (what the crap?) , and go down through the basement connecting the wax works. Itís dark, so Nick tries the fuse box, and stupidly pulls all the fuses randomly at the same time. The lights of the town flash, and Bo sends Vincent to kill them.

On a side note, I wonder what it is with people in horror situations who feel the need to pull all the fuses randomly and at the same time. Whatever happened to trying them tentatively one at a time?

They end up in Vincentís wax works, where they try to free Dalton, but find out heís decapitated. Vincent comes, and they fight. They somehow put the fire for the melting of wax on high, and get the hell out of there, making a barrier of fire that Vincent canít cross.

They find Wade, and Carly is sad. Bo appears, and Nick and Carly kick the crap out of him, Carly armed with a baseball bat she grabbed in Boís house. Vincent appears, after using a mattress to cross the flames (again, what the crap?), and they all fight. Nick is stabbed in the leg, and he tells Carly to run.

As this is happening, the house of Wax is melting.

So what does this genius do? She runs upstairs while the freaking house made of wax is melting. Smaaaaart. Vincent follows. She runs into a room with a cradle where two wax conjoined twins are. I think weíre supposed to care about this plot point, but I couldnít muster up the caring.

Carly tries to talk Vincent down, saying heís not a freak and that he doesnít have to listen to Bo. Once again Vincent is not able to bring himself to care. Nick sludges up the melting steps and attacks Vincent. Carly pulls the knife from his leg (twisting it, the idiot), and stabs Vincent.

The house is fast melting, and Vincent fell through the bed onto a dead bo much like how they were conjoined as babies. They die. I was sad, because I liked them. Label me a freak if you will, but I gotta like a couple of insane twins who kill annoying celebrities. Carly and Nick try to escape, but the stairs are destroyed. So they push through the melting wall and crawl out just in the nick of time.

Scene changes to the next morning where thereís a bunch of cop cars and ambulances. Carlyís getting her finger worked on, and some sherif tells them they didnít know what was going on because the town was abandoned years ago, and  apparently a lot of campers went missing due to their stuff in the randomly appearing sugar mill.

Nick steals the video camera as theyíre driven off to a hospital. I still chuckle when I think what a shock he and his sister are going to get when they watch that and see the impaled Paris Hilton. Obviously, the film makers forgot this point because itís never brought up again.

As theyíre driving off, thereís a voice over of a cop saying they ran the Sinclairís (the twinsí last name) through that police program, and realized the parents didnít have two sons... they had three.

We see the road kill guy wave to Carly and Nick... and I am asking myself for the millionth time...

ďIS that supposed to be... surprising? WHY THE HECK DO WE CARE?Ē

Iíll stick with Vincent Price, thank you very much. ( ( ( ( ( ( ( (

Title: Re: House of Wax (2006)
Post by: Neville on October 13, 2007, 04:25:15 PM
Oh boy, how much I hated this one. There are a couple of genuinelly horrific stuff (that guy still alive after being coated with wax, Elisha's finger), but they can't compensate that it gets forever to get started or the silliness of the script. One aspect I found particularly stupid is that Elisha's "evil twin" has been in jail for car theft, but then when the script calls for it he becomes some sort of Rambo capable of numerous acts of violence.