House of Wax | Chicago Reader

House of Wax

Formulaic but fairly well-done, this scare show for teenagers is only nominally a remake of the old Vincent Price movie—it's more a combination of Psycho, The Blair Witch Project, and The Texas Chainsaw Massacre (with some additional cribs from Brian De Palma's Sisters). The setting has been changed from Victorian London to present-day rural America, with a heavy dose of TCM's antihillbilly paranoia, and the murders are even more gruesome than in the original. Paris Hilton, in her first extended big-screen role, isn't required to act so much as scream and strip. Joel Silver and Robert Zemeckis coproduced, and Jaume Collet-Serra directed; with Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, and Brian Van Holt. R, 88 min.

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