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House of Wax

by on Dec.29, 2009, under Daily Review

New comer Jaume Collet-Serra (Director) enters the horror arena with this re-imagining of the classic Vincent Price movie. Taking the basic plot and building a whole new world in which to entice, entertain and slaughter houseunknowing travellers, unsurprisingly and mainly made up of glamorous beautiful people, obviously for the aesthetic of the film. He actually does a fine job. The plot is a little crazy, but nothing over the top for the style and environment of the film and there are actually some really good set pieces and promising talent from the young cast made up from a strong TV stock including Jared Padalecki, Chad Michael Murry, Elisha Cuthbert and Paris Hilton.

Cuthbert is the main protagonist here and it’s a shame she doesn’t seem to take the film more seriously, never really looking overly scared and seemingly always in control, but this, I’d say is down to first time direction. Paris offers an impressive and very surprisingly good performance and when she gets it, boy is it impressive. (The highlight of the film) Fine gory effects, a good score and a crazy huge ending all make for a very enjoyable film.

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