Review: House of Wax

I was pleasantly surprised about this movie. I hadn't heard much about it, and what I did hear was negative, plus Paris Hilton is in it. While starting out like a typical slasher film complete with hokey exposition and predictable characters, it did shock you many times by going a step further than you thought it would. I wouldn's say this was a scary movie or a creepy movie, but it was definitely cringe-worthy. I'm sorry to be vague, but I don't want to give anything away if you have not seen it.

I was disappointed that Paris Hilton did not die early and that her death was boring. She should have gotten the first death. That would have made me happy for weeks. However, several deaths did make me gasp in delight.

The opening scene sets the tone for the whole movie. The only word to describe it is 'disturbing'. Now, some things were typical of a horror movie, as though its a prerequisite, such as: running up the stairs when you should be running out the door, stopping too long and talking about crap while you know you are being chased and you're wasting time, not trying to hotwire a car and get out of there but instead they stay to see if their friends are alive. Sorry, but if you've been gone for hours and you went somewhere dangerous, I'm going to go ahead and assume that you're dead and save my own ass).

There is a great scene in the bonus features called 'Jennifer Killed'. That should have been in the movie. Really. Also in the bonus features is a gag reel. It's amusing, but Paris Hilton's scream is so a bad way. Whatever happened to the real screamers, like the girl in the original Texas Chainsaw Massacre? That girl could belt out a chilling, gutural scream without breaking a sweat. What you see of Paris Hilton's screaming and "acting" in the final movie is horrible, but when you see the numerous takes before they settled on what they put in the movie, you're just wondering why they cast her. Oh yeah, because she's famous-for-nothing Paris Hilton. There's a scene in the movie where Paris is telling someone to stop filming her and I laughed out loud. Who does she think she's kidding?

If you can get over some farfetched things, i.e. A wax museum /completely/ made of wax, bringing someone you hate on a trip, and Paris Hilton not constantly complaining that she is in the woods, then this is a very cringe-worthy movie that is worth the $3 rental fee. I had the assumption going in that this would be "Oh, look at the creepy wax figures" kind of movie, but really it was more than that.

One last thing that bugged me though: Paris Hilton just /had/ to put her "trademark" phrase in the movie: "That's hot". I tried to pretend Paris Hilton was not in the movie and just enjoy it, and I did.



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