House of Wax (2005)
Director: Jaume Collet-Serra Run Time: 107 min. Format: 35mm Rating: R
Starring: Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, Brian Van Holt, Paris Hilton, Jared Padalecki, Robert Ri’chard
Introduced by Dan McCoy (The Flop House podcast)
With a cast mostly made up of pretty TV actors and, of course, Paris Hilton, House of Wax is more of an entry in the teen slasher genre than a remake of the 1953 Vincent Price vehicle of the same name. The tropes are there: broken down car, middle of nowhere, couples splintering off, weirdo locals – but the inventiveness comes from the wax museum set up, and the creepy villains, providing plenty of fun scares and memorable set pieces. The directorial debut of Jaume Collet-Serra, who would later make the very good Orphan and the best of the Liam Neeson actioners, House of Wax is an amusement park ride worth taking.