• WBA

    Added by WBA

    Glenda Farrell!
    And Lionel Atwin! And Fay Wray! And Two Strip Technicolor!

    Michael Curtiz proves once more (how many dozen times has he actually done this!?) that he's simply one of the greatest artistic geniuses ever, and even the intrusive censoring of the film (I'd assume some of it must have happened post-1934?) can't harm this scorcher.
    And did I mention Glenda Farrell?

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  • Lunapath

    ★★★ Watched by Lunapath 15 Jun, 2015

    Not as entertaining as the Vincent Price version.

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  • Jaume Vaquer

    ★★★ Watched by Jaume Vaquer 04 Jun, 2015

    Adoro la versión con Vincent Price.
    Esta versión original me divierte porque permite ver cómo copiaron las mejores escenas sin ningún rubor, porque me demuestra otra vez que Michael Curtiz era un todoterreno admirable (pese a su montaje a hachazos), por cómo se trata el tema de la Ley Seca, por una fotografía y unos decorados expresionistas pero con un primitivo Technicolor y por un protagonista que casi hace olvidar a Price.

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  • Mike P

    ★★★★ Rewatched by Mike P 24 Apr, 2015

    More kinetic, creative energy in one waxen toenail than all of the Marvel films combined. (Not hyperbole.)

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  • RickAtTheMovies

    ★★★★ Watched by RickAtTheMovies 31 Mar, 2015

    'How's your sex life?'

    A casual line of dialogue in this remarkable pre-code horror film, making full use of what was a short lived novelty at the time; color.

    Shooting films in color was a still a huge challenge in the early thirties. Not just because getting a natural and balanced color scheme was difficult, but also because shooting in color required huge amounts of light.
    One of the consequences was that Curtiz could only make limited use of real…

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  • Owen Erasmus

    ★★★½ Watched by Owen Erasmus 19 Mar, 2015 3

    Rhetorical Question, How come more people could name Fay Wray than Glenda Farrell?

    Seeing them together here Wray is a very pretty girl who can be put in peril and scream, more memorable than a lot of identikit 30s leads but not really special and Farrell can handle drama, comedy and long bursts of dialogue at breakneck speed. I guess the truth is that despite never having a role as iconic as Wray's in King Kong Farrell had the more…

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  • Forrest B P

    ★★ Watched by Forrest B P 06 Mar, 2015

    While it's shot nicely and has some decent acting, it's ultimately dragged down by a newspaper-girl-after-a-story plot-line that takes up more of the focus than it needs to. Mystery Of The Wax Museum was remade twice as horror movies, which is understandable since a rather horrifying tale does lie at the film's center, but this version of the story needed to break itself from the tired archetypes it sold itself to.

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  • alf025237

    ★★★★ Added by alf025237

    sensacional. divertido. uma trama bem interessante. tanto este quanto seu remake de 1953 são ótimos. ambos valem a pena a serem assistidos.

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  • Lee Gaze

    ★★★★★ Watched by Lee Gaze 19 Nov, 2014

    Better than almost all of the Universal Monster movies. One of the first films to experiment with colour. Manages to create a foreboding atmosphere even without a soundtrack.

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  • Ryan Meyers

    ★★★ Added by Ryan Meyers

    A man disfigured in a fire uses fresh corpses for his new "wax" museum. The original "House of Wax" isn't bad at all. The makeup is pretty astounding and the color on it is well-done. The acting is pretty stale except for Glenda Farrell's up-and-at-'em reporter; it's a wonder why she never became a bigger, more serious name. Really though, apart from the technical aspects, it's not too terribly interesting or great.

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  • 'Becca'lise

    ★★★★ Rewatched by 'Becca'lise 22 Oct, 2014

    I love the way early color looks. A well-made film that's much more provocative than the remake(s).

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  • PetMice72

    ★★★ Watched by PetMice72 14 Oct, 2014

    Essentially an older and less detailed version of 1953's House of Wax with a different twist but still perfectly serviceable and interesting enough.

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