Monday, December 16, 2013

HOUSE OF WAX / Bryan Foy Productions - 1953

It's Monsterous Monday with Tabonga, here at The Dungeon!.. We gots the very first movie filmed in 3-D by Warner Bros. and it stars the awesome Vincent Price as the mad sculptor. This film's budget was a whopping $658,000, but, it grossed an astronomical... $23,750,000!!!

Eegah!! sent over a musical soundclip of the dude with the paddle ball (with screams at the end) from this flick, sooooo, you can push the big red 'GO' button there next to the hot wax machine, NOW, Ralphie The Tarantula! Here's our audio offering for... HOUSE OF WAX!

Roy Roberts plays Matthew Burke, business partner of Professor Henry Jarrod, creator of the magnificent wax figures. The heartless Burke decides to set the place on fire in order to collect insurance money, the same way Wall St. did the American people when they crashed the economy in 2008.

Burke and his high maintenance girlfriend, Cathy, played by Dungeon fave Carolyn Jones, discuss how they will spend all the money they have now!

But, greed is one of the 7 deadly sins and the sinner will soon pay for being a little bitch.

Then, being an accomplice to the crime gets this girlie a quick trip to the old wax works, she'll soon be a new attraction at the House Of Wax!

Jarrod shows patron Sidney Wallace, played by Paul Cavanagh, how his creations are made after an accident that left him crippled. That's his mute helper, Charles (MASTER OF THE WORLD, THE GREAT ESCAPE and DEATH WISH) Bronsan as Igor, working on a bust.

Here's a good look at the intricate wax applying machine.

Jarrod then shows off the newest murder victim to be installed in the House Of Wax, his former business associate, Matthew Burke.

Here's the paddle ball barker right after intermission as heard in the soundclip.

For 1953, this make up job is amazingly creepy!

Phyllis Kirk plays Sue Allen, a friend of Cathy's, she cannot get over how much this wax figure looks like her. This causes trouble for her as Jarrod is watching.

Let's not forget about these two guys, Dabbs Greer and Frank Lovejoy! Dabbs has 307 acting credits and was in THE VAMPIRE, IT! THE TERROR FROM BEYOND SPACE, THE AQUANAUTS, THE OUTER LIMITS, THE INVADERS and MOD SQUAD! Frank played a tough guy detective most of the time, he had 55 acting credits and died at the age of 50 in 1962.

Weird shot of Igor as he prepares the guillotine to decapitate Sue's beau!

Then, it's Sue's turn to taste the wax, Jarrod looks absolutely terrifying here!

In the end, Jarrod falls into the hot wax vat, it causes wax to spill onto the fragile glass tubes, destroying everything!

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Randall Landers said...

I love this movie except for the bolo paddle sequence. Was this a new invention when this movie was released? Even in 3-D, I can't see the fascination with it.

TABONGA! said...

Randall, for fun, I looked it up. This sounds like the correct answer... "The paddle ball was created in the 1920s after the invention of soft rubber, sparking a craze that peaked in 1937, when the toy was featured in Newsweek."

One site said it was invented in 1965!! Do the math on that one!

Steven Owen said...

Part of the realistic creepiness of Vincent's makeup was due to makeup man Gordon Bau's experience with burn victims when he was younger..I cant remember in what capacity in which he worked with them...perhaps helping to reconstruct their faces or to create make up to hide some of the scar tissue, but he really knew his stuff...

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