House of Wax (2005)

 ●  English ● 1 hr 53 mins

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This fast-paced horror movie depicts the frightening experiences of five teens on a road trip to a college football game fall afoul of the natives when they come upon an eerie, seemingly abandoned town. The grand central of this weird and disturbing town, the House of Wax, is the home of two deadly brothers who kill their visitors and use their bodies as part of their elaborate wax displays. What will happen to the group of teenagers? Will they manage to survive through the danger and get out alive?

Cast: Chad Michael Murray, Elisha Cuthbert

Crew: Jaume Collet-Serra (Director), Stephen F Windon (Director of Photography), John Ottman (Music Director)

Genres: Horror, Thriller

Release Dates: 06 May 2005 (India)

Tagline: Gejagt. Ermordet. Zur Schau gestellt. (Hunted.Murdered.Displayed.)

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Did you know? In the movie theatre where Carly and Nick are hiding, most of the wax figures were actually extras wearing masks. Read More
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as Nick Jones
as Carly Jones
as Sheriff
as Bo / Vincent
as Roadkill Driver
as Trudy Sinclair
as Jennifer
as Wade
as Dalton Chapman
as Sexy Girl
as Dr Victor Sinclair
as Paige Edwards
as Blake
as Young Vincent
as Young Bo


First Assistant Director
Second Unit Director
Second Assistant Director
Assistant Director


Screenplay Writer
Story Writer

Camera and Electrical

Director of Photography
Steadicam Operator
Still Photographer
Assistant Cameraman
Camera Operator


Music Director


Casting Director
Casting Associate
Extras Casting

Costume and Wardrobe

Costume Designer
Costume Supervisor


Post-Production Coordinator
First Assistant Editor
Assistant Editor
Negative Cutter

Post Production

Post Production Supervisor


Film Type:
Feature Film
Colour Info:
Sound Mix:
Dolby Digital, DTS, Sony Dynamic Digital Sound
Panaflex Lightweight, Panaflex Millenium XL, Panavision Panaflex
Frame Rate:
24 fps
Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 (Flat), 2.35 : 1
Gejagt. Ermordet. Zur Schau gestellt. (Hunted.Murdered.Displayed.)
Prey. Slay. Display
On May 6th...See Paris Die!
The flesh is weak. Wax is forever
There's a reason they look so real
Factual Mistake
Wade would have suffocated almost immediately after being encased in wax, and placed in a sitting position that does not allow him to respirate. He would not be alive some time later.

Nick and Carly run through the melting wax house, and emerge covered in molten wax, without the severe burns which should result.

When Wade is coated in wax, his eyes are covered too. But when Dalton finds him his eyes aren't at all affected by the wax and are moving around, and he even retains the ability to cry. After being slashed by Vincent, his skin peels off and his eyes go completely up. Later, when Nick and Carly are fighting with Vincent, Wade's eyes are down.

Paige dies, leaning forward with the pipe through her head, and her right palm up. In the very next scene, her right palm is down.

When Wade and Carly first go into the church, you see the face of the ministerial wax figure. When Carly goes into the church later while running from Bo, the face changes.

When Carly runs into the church after escaping from Bo, she leaves the door open and you can clearly see outside. But when Bo comes to the church to find her, he has to open the door to get in.

When Vincent and Nick are fighting up against a wall, Vincent's knife jumps back and forth between his left and right hands between shots.

Audio/Video Mismatch
When Paige's foot is sliced through the floor, she falls. The killer tries to stab her while she's on the ground and she screams, but her lips don't move.

Errors in Geography
Austrailan mountains and eucalyptus gum trees are seen in what is supposed to be Louisiana.

Errors in Geography
The group is supposedly heading to LSU's Tiger Stadium. When the GPS is shown, the destination is Memorial Stadium, about 5 miles northeast.

Errors in Geography
During the scene at the campsite close to the beginning, in the morning shortly before Carly goes to the turlet, the birdsong that can be heard is clearly the song of a European robin that would not be found in America.

Crew/Equipment Visible
When Paige is running towards the stairs in the building, as she nears them you can see someone running left-front of her.

Crew/Equipment Visible
After the group takes the detour, and they are driving on the back road, there is a shot of the red car from behind. If you look at the very bottom of the screen, you can see the equipment that the car is hooked up to.

When Carly and Wade are looking around in the House of Wax for the first time, Carly dusts off a section of a mirror. Between shots the mirror goes from having only that small section wiped off to having the whole surface wiped free of dust.

When Lester goes around the truck to open the door, Carly and Wade are looking to the left and down, trying to open the seat belt. In the very next shot, they are looking at the door on their right.

Carly turns around to look out the window when the housemaid wax figure in the kitchen startles her. The figure's back is to the window when Carly accidentally tips it over and smashes it. About a minute, earlier when Carly first stepped into the kitchen, the figure was facing the wall to the left of the window.

When Nick gives Carly his shirt, it's massive on her and you can see the side of her bra, later on when you see her, the shirt fits fine.

When Bo is talking to Carly through the truck window he is carrying a container of things, and at one point he throws all of the things on the ground. You can clearly see all of the items strewn across the ground. In the next wide shot, though, all of the items are missing and are never shown again.

Carly's height changes throughout the film. This is explained in the extras; because Jared Padalecki is so tall, Elisha Cuthbert wore wooden shoes in the scenes where her feet weren't shown. In some scenes, she is up to Wade's shoulder. In others, she is up to his chest.

When Carly first sees the reflection of the man in the mirror, she is standing directly in front of it. When she is explaining to Wade what she saw, she is alternately standing further away from, then closer to the mirror.

When Bo picks up the glue to silence Carly, her hair is on her face in front of her eyes and she is looking up. In the next shot, her hair is off her face and she is looking forward.

When Carly and Wade first decide to go in to the church to look for help, the sun is shining and shadows are forming to the left of the screen as we see the view of the front of the church. From shot to shot as Wade and Carly then walk in to the church, the sun is gone and the light is dull with no sunshine. But when Bo turns around in the church the sun is beaming straight through the window on to him from the front rather than from the right, and when Wade and Carly close the door and walk out the sky is still overcast with no sunshine.

Wade's Florida license plate has "Dade" as the county, which is in South Florida. But Nick had referred to Wade's home location as Gainesville, Florida.

Audio/Video Mismatch
When Carly is on the phone trying to reach Paige and her boyfriend, Bo hits the window once without it breaking, then hits it again so it breaks. Later, when Blake is checking the voicemail, you hear the window break the first time it's hit.

In the opening diner scene, Carly's cup jumps from her hand to the far side of the table in between shots.

When Nick gives Carly his shirt, she puts it on inside-out. In other scenes, she is wearing it normally.
Warner Brothers granted Paris Hilton permission to sell t-shirts that read "On May 6th, Watch Paris Die" in order to promote the film before its release.

Jeff Celentano was once rumored to direct the film.

The death of Paris Hilton's character was originally longer and featured more gore but it was cut for the theatrical release.

Names mentioned in the script but not the film are the roadkill collector (Lester), and Carly and Nick's last name (Jones). Chad Michael Murray (Nick), in a radio interview, was shocked to hear his character finally had a last name, and said that it was an ongoing debate on set.

While filming the abandoned sugar mill chase, Paris Hilton was embarrassed by her scream, so the first three times she screamed she had the whole cast and crew scream along with her.

On 26 June 2004, a sound stage being used for the film burned to the ground during a test of special-effects equipment. The fire, started by a candle, destroyed a studio at Warner Bros Movie World on Australia's Gold Coast. One crew member was treated for burns to his arm, but no one else was injured. The smoke reached a nearby highway, which was not shut down.

Before Paris Hilton was cast as Paige Edwards, Jennifer Connelly and Kate Winslet were originally considered for the role. The rest of the cast was built around her. Her "That's hot" catchphrase is spoken by several characters, for this reason.

Elisha Cuthbert got stuck repeatedly in the melting wax bed while filming the final scenes of the movie. The "wax" was actually peanut butter.

Jared Padalecki is one foot taller than co-star Elisha Cuthbert. To make herself appear taller in scenes where she and Padalecki would be filmed together, Cuthbert taped two-inch blocks of wood to the bottoms of her boots. This was only done during scenes where they would be shot from the knee and up.

In the movie theatre where Carly and Nick are hiding, most of the wax figures were actually extras wearing masks.