House of Wax: Vince Valitutti
EW Staff
April 21, 2005 AT 04:00 AM EDT

House of Wax

type
Movie
Current Status
In Season
mpaa
R
runtime
105 minutes
Wide Release Date
05/06/05
performer
Elisha Cuthbert, Paris Hilton, Chad Michael Murray, Jon Abrahams, Jared Padalecki
director
Jaume Collet-Serra
distributor
Warner Bros.
author
Carey Hayes, Chad Hayes
genre
Horror

We gave it a C

Though a fan of Vincent Price’s 1953 freakfest, commercial director Jaume Serra says his refurbished House is nothing like the original. ”It’s more about primal fear,” says the feature-film rookie. ”We’re dealing with people who are real.” The victims in question are six pals who battle a pair of homicidal maniacs intent on creating their own Madame Tussauds. Not that all of the actors were intimidated by the waxworks; a certain hotel heiress was fazed by something else: acting with visual effects. ”Because there’s nothing really there…it’s hard to scream,” says (major) film novice Paris Hilton. ”You feel embarrassed. The first time I had to do it, I made everyone on set scream with me.” Sounds hot, but will people buy Paris as a legit actress? ”It’s a win-win situation [for the film],” says Serra. ”If you like her, you want to see her; and if you don’t, you want to see her suffer.”

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