• loureviews

    ★★★★ Added by loureviews

    Overshadowed by its 1953 remake 'House of Wax', this film is much better and yet rarely seen. Shot in primitive Technicolor, and starring Lionel Atwill and Fay Wray, it is much less concerned with 'shocking' the viewer and instead, becomes a fast-moving, clever, and genuinely suspenseful thriller.

    Happily, this film is now available as an extra on the 'House of Wax' DVD, although it isn't really publicised on the packaging. Both films are of identical length.

    'Mystery' also has the…

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  • Atlinator

    ★★★½ Watched by Atlinator 17 Apr, 2014

    Probably the most "adult" pre-code film I've seen, as someone actually says "How's your sex life" in it, followed by a shot of a magazine called "Naughty Stories" with a scantily clad female on the cover, and there's lots of frank talk about drugs and drug use. That alone makes this movie worth watching but thankfully it's also a pretty good little genre flick, with chilling atmosphere, solid plotting, good performances and some very nice set design. A weak climax…

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  • Alex Krajci

    ★★★ Watched by Alex Krajci 15 Apr, 2014

    I Like 1933's Mystery Of The Wax Museum, I Like It Because It Turned 80 Years Old Last Year In 2013.

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  • Gunnar Syrén

    ★★★½ Rewatched by Gunnar Syrén 16 Mar, 2014

    ”House of Wax” is one of the few remakes that is – in my opinion – better than the original. I mean the 1953 remake, that is, not the 2005 version. But that doesn't mean that “Mystery of the Wax Museum” is a bad movie. Far from it. It is very good. Many actually prefer it to the 1953 version.

    The basic story is the same in both movies, and if you have seen the Vincent Price movie you'll recognize…

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  • The Phantom Erik

    ★★★½ Added by The Phantom Erik

    Casablanca, Mildred Pierce, Robin Hood...Wax Museum? Yes, it's that Michael Curtiz, director extraordinaire, at the helm of this joy ride starring Lionel Atwill, Fay Wray and Glenda Farrell, actors all in their prime. In the Golden Age of horror, it's an oft-forgotten gem, usually only ear-marked when talking about early-era technicolor experiments. What's not always discussed is Farrell's charm, Wray's best performance outside that big ape movie, and Atwill paving the way for future horror debonaires like Vincent Price or Christopher Lee. More fun than scary, one could do much worse than sit down with a bag of popcorn to this overall well-done monster movie.

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  • Jeff Williams

    ★★★½ Watched by Jeff Williams 24 Jan, 2014

    Good-looking Michael Curtiz light horror/mystery with Lionel Atwill and Fay Wray, but it's Glenda Farrell who steals the movie as another fast-talking, daffy reporter dame. Fun and well-made with some nice pre-code drug and prohibition references.

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  • Mike P

    ★★★★ Watched by Mike P 26 Oct, 2013

    Arguably Michael Curtiz's second best film.

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  • DK

    ★★★ Rewatched by DK 26 Oct, 2013

    Worth watching almost entirely because Florence is a sassy broad.
    Reminds me of Colin Mochrie says 'I'm feisty!' on Whose Line.

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  • 'Becca'lise

    ★★★★½ Rewatched by 'Becca'lise 21 Sep, 2013

    Really like this one. Fay Wray is great, and Glenda Farrell as the reporter is awesome...wish they'd kept her character around in the remake!

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  • The Invisible Man

    ★★★ Rewatched by The Invisible Man 02 Sep, 2013

    Another zany early Warner Bros. horror film directed by multi talented director Michael Curtiz. What makes this film so effective is the same that made Curtiz other horror flick DOCTOR X so effective and that is the creaking, darkly lit set pieces and the nasty looking Warner color strips. The films humor is out dated and really, so are the scares but the people involved give it their all and were at that time Warner's top horror actors. Fay Wray,…

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  • J. Crawford

    ★★★½ Watched by J. Crawford 31 Aug, 2013

    This Michael Curtiz directed mystery thiller is eerily compelling with all the bizarre characters weaving in and out of scenes. Lionel Atwill is a really excellent thespian shredding the scenary and making every other actor seem amateurish. One of the last first generation Technicolor films made that captures tried and true gothic lighting techniques.

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  • Travis Wagner

    ★★★★½ Watched by Travis Wagner 28 Aug, 2013

    Some of the moments from this film are the creepiest ever put to film. An early work by Curtiz, who would go on to make Casablanca, The Mystery of the Wax Museum, will trick viewers into thinking it is a rather ordinary journalist oriented drama of the era, only to shift gears about two-thirds of the way through, allowing for a narrative that is very much all its own and wildly engaging in the process. However, I almost took away a whole star from this film for its last 3-5 seconds which are both unnecessary and absurdly heteronormative.

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