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Monday, May 09, 2005

House of Wax (2005)

Yeah, it sucks, but I have to admit that it was better than I had feared. After reading a whole host of reviews about this teens-versus-slasher re-imagining of the old Vincent Price classic, I was pleasantly surprised that Paris Hilton's acting was no worse than the typical blond sex object in such films, her black boyfriend's death no more humiliating than average, the teens acted in general with less idiocy than average,and that the third act was actually creative and fun. Quite violent once it gets started, it's more of a "Friday the 13th" type death-a-thon than a suspense movie, but does generate some suspense. Dark Castle, the production company responsible, probably has a modest winner here. I'll give it a B- for horror fans. For those who like entertainingly bloody FX, however, a solid B. All others beware.

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