• 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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  • James Patrick

    ★★★ Watched by James Patrick 08 Oct, 2014

    “I don’t know what it was but it made Frankenstein look like a lily.”

    I watch a lot of Michael Curtiz movies because Michael Curtiz directed a lot of movies. I justify watching a lot of random Michael Curtiz movies because Casablanca. I looked for a short flick to squeeze in before prior #Bond_age_ commitments and noticed this little two-strip technicolor ditty just hanging out on the flipside of the old House of Wax DVD. Most of the characters think…

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  • Flickers in Time

    ★★★½ Added by Flickers in Time

    A brilliant sculptor's (Lionel Atwill) wax creations are destroyed in a fire. Years later, the sculptor has recreated his works and reopened his museum in New York. Simultaneously, bodies mysteriously disappear from the city morgue. An intrepid girl reporter (Glenda Farrell) is on the case. This was remade as House of Wax with Vincent Price. I thought it was good fun. It was also fascinating to see the two-strip Technicolor process.

    Favorite line: Glenda Farrell as the reporter to her editor: "I'm gonna make you eat dirt, you soap bubble!"

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  • loureviews

    ★★★★ Added by loureviews

    One of my 1000 recommended films.

    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…

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