Synopsis: Thrills and Chills ooze all over you in House of Wax, from Dark Castle Entertainment and legendary horror producers Joel Silver and Robert Zemeckis (Gothika, House on Haunted Hill). When their car breaks down on a road trip, six college friends are sidetracked into an eerie backwoods town. Curiosity gets the better of them, when they are intrigued by its macabre House of Wax. They soon find out the town is not what it seems and they find they must find their way out before they fall victim to its ghoulishly inventive killers.
I will admit, I was a little turned off, when I noticed that Paris Hilton was in this. I don't know her personally, and I am sure she has her good qualities, but I disliked 'The Simple Life' and wasn't a fan of her acting in Season 5, Fallen Idols Episode of Supernatural. I found it rather bland, unbelievable and boring. But given it had Jared Padalecki and Chad Michael Murray in it, and I liked the overall feel of the storyline, I decided to give it a go.
I am happy to say, I am glad I did. Although Paris's acting was still a little bland, it was an improvement with more emotion, than the 'blank board' I had come to expect from her. The cast, on film seemed to have a good dynamic, and although the storyline is far from original, in my opinion drawing from other books (R.L. Stine Welcome to the Wicked Wax Museum etc.) and films, it was very well executed with a good and solid pace.
The deaths, were mildly gory on the scale of gore, but were really thought out, creative and believable. I mean, imagine being waxed head to toe, then made into a real life wax figure while you were still alive, and half your face ripped off while your friend tries to save you?
Without given too much away, if you enjoy horror and gore, watching Paris Hilton cop an axe to the head, and something a little more traditional in the horror park, or just want a walk down memory lane, then House of Wax is a must. I know I'll watch it again.
Trailer Courtesy of Warner Bros