House of Wax
Directed by André De Toth. 1953. NR. 88 minutes. Warner Bros. Digital.
Sat., July 15, 2017
House of Wax was one of the biggest hits of 1953. Directed by André de Toth, who incidentally was unable to see 3D because of blindness in one eye, this movie was shown in the polarized light method of 3D and never released in anaglyphic version. It chronicles the decline of a highly talented sculptor who co-owns a Wax Museum with a partner who decides to burn it down. This destroys Vincent Price’s character’s life’s work, horribly injuring him in the process. It was the role that would cement Price’s uncanny ability to play the villain in multi dimension, no pun intended. Very atmospheric, almost expressionist in light and shadows, it builds tension and delights with striking imagery and the occasional shocking reveal.
House of Wax is BLOBFEST’s inaugural movie in the new blue theater in the Bank building. Not showing in 3D, but still ever so spooky.
Screenings of House of Wax are included with your Saturday Blob double feature tickets – no additional ticket necessary.