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Wax Mask [DVD] [1997] [Region 1] [US Import] [NTSC]

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  • Language: English
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 18
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00004W1AC
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Though a tad kitschy at times, "Maschera di cera" (The Wax Mask) proved more interesting than expected. This Italian costume horror piece based on a story by Gaston Leroux has good suspense moments, lots of creepy elements, a complicated-enough story and an interesting cast, performing well. In the beginning, one has an inkling as to who is behind everything, but this doesn't spoil the movie (in fact, we are sort of hoping for this person to be the evil genius). We gradually get to know more about people's backgrounds and their motivations, just like the reporter character (played by Riccardo Serventi Longhi) who investigates the mysterious murder and disappearance cases. The link between him and the possible crime scene is the beautiful Sonia Lafont (Romina Mondello) who got employed there, again for a logical reason (given the killer's background). All twists and turns in the story make good sense, except for the ending, which is in itself an intriguing open ending that nicely matches a horror movie (expressing the "I will be back, I haven't been defeated" message), but raises the necessary questions. Are we to understand the person walking out of the burning building at the end can shift shape easily, or that he was really dead all that time (how could one possibly fake being human with no more than a metal skeleton and a layer of wax?), or that some murders were committed by his helpers instead of by him? The whole thing about the wax figures not being actually dead is very implausible too). Apparently we are supposed to suspend a good deal of disbelief here (as the genre requires generally), but still it bugged me I couldn't make good sense of the ending while the rest of the story was understandable enough for me.
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Wax Mask is an energetic and full blooded horror romp that doesn't
tread much new ground but has a fun time all the same.

Unsurprisingly, this is a retelling of the familiar "House of Wax"
story, but with some more modern and ghoulish overtones. Still with a
period setting, the creation of the wax statues is rather more hi-tech
than in previous versions of the tale, but the outcome is still the
same.

It's very well photographed and things move along at a pretty nice
speed so it's certainly never boring. There are several graphically
gory scenes and they do rival some of the stuff being done by Dario
Argento in the late 1980's to early 90s (Argento is involved here too,
but not as director). Colours are bright and location settings look
great.

Sadly the acting is fairly flat, although the English dub is the main
culprit here, with a terrible job done, with vocals that show no
sensitivity to any possible subtlety in the original performances. Its
so bad it almost renders the whole movie as one giant cartoon. So don't
expect to have any emotional attachment to any of the characters, but
you can still enjoy the vibrant gore and the outrageous liberties taken
with the possibilities of biology and science of the period (you'll
know what I mean when you see the ending!). So realism is pretty much
out the window, and yet, it's still a great fun movie to watch if you
don't try and take it seriously
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A very similar film to the house of wax original with Vincent price and a much better remake that that Paris Hilton version
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Amazon.com: HASH(0x91b42624) out of 5 stars 9 reviews
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91d5a120) out of 5 stars Fair mix of classic horror with modern style. 9 Sept. 2000
By Kindle Customer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Wax Mask has a lot to live up to. Not only is it a retelling of an already classic horror story and film (House of Wax 1953), but it has the cold, mechanical, blood drenched hands of two masters of Italian horror, Dario Argento and Lucio Fulci, dipped in to it. Sergio Stivaletti, special effects man on such films as Argento's Phenonena, Opera, Stendhal Syndrome, and Demons (by Lamberto Bava), and Dellamorte/Dellamore (by Michele Soavi) makes his feature debut as a director. Stivaletti doesn't showcase any revelatory talent, just competent skill learned from his years of working with great Italian horror directors. He has absorbed the style, but doesn't add anything new to it.
As far as the typical stumble in plot, occasional flat acting (two things one accepts in Italian horror), a miscast lead actor, and a horrible, but mercifully brief, finale, the film is average, well paced, and thoroughly entertaining. It has modern touches in gore, CGI effects, and some titllation, while maintaining classic horror elements like looming shadows, mad doctor laboratories, and so on, making an intriguing mix of old and new.
The DVD looks quite good, a fine transfer with sharp image and great color hues (Stivaletti saturates colors very vividly throughout the film). The only extra is a short slide show of behind the scenes photos. Fans of Italian horror should be well entertained with this modestly priced disc. A C+. As far as this genre goes, you can certainly find better, but most of all, you can find a whole lot worse.
6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91d5a174) out of 5 stars Wax Mask 20 Aug. 2000
By Steve Genier - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Originally intended for Lucio Fulci to directed,his untimely death stopped him from doing so. Dario Argento handed the project over to his fx man Sergio Stivaletti,who I might say did one hell of a fine job for his debut as a director. Lush in atmosphere,Stivaletti gave me the impression of paying homage to his mentor Argento. Image Entertainment has released on good gem that was previously unavailble to us here in North America. I do highly recommend this one,it's worth every penny spent.
5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
HASH(0x91d5a5ac) out of 5 stars Far better than expected expoloitation trash 8 Mar. 2001
By The Magician - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
This is pretty much a remake of "House of Wax" but updated with CGI effects and liberal doses of nudity and gore. Suprisingly well done, stylish, lowbrow, sleazy and lots of fun. It maintains an engrossingly weird and dream-like atmosphere--from the lovely opening shot of fireworks bursting over the Eiffel Tower to the bizarre Terminator-eque finale in, of course, a burning wax museum. Costumes, cinematography, art direction and music are first rate and some amusing plot twists occur (courtesy of Lucio Fulci and Dario Argento). Highly recommended to fans of Hammer films and European horror.

The DVD is non-anamorphic widescreen. Clean print. Nice, solid transfer. No extras aside from a small effects photo gallery but don't let that deter you.
By A. Griffiths - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
Wax Mask is an energetic and full blooded horror romp that doesn't
tread much new ground but has a fun time all the same.

Unsurprisingly, this is a retelling of the familiar "House of Wax"
story, but with some more modern and ghoulish overtones. Still with a
period setting, the creation of the wax statues is rather more hi-tech
than in previous versions of the tale, but the outcome is still the
same.

It's very well photographed and things move along at a pretty nice
speed so it's certainly never boring. There are several graphically
gory scenes and they do rival some of the stuff being done by Dario
Argento in the late 1980's to early 90s (Argento is involved here too,
but not as director). Colours are bright and location settings look
great.

Sadly the acting is fairly flat, although the English dub is the main
culprit here, with a terrible job done, with vocals that show no
sensitivity to any possible subtlety in the original performances. Its
so bad it almost renders the whole movie as one giant cartoon. So don't
expect to have any emotional attachment to any of the characters, but
you can still enjoy the vibrant gore and the outrageous liberties taken
with the possibilities of biology and science of the period (you'll
know what I mean when you see the ending!). So realism is pretty much
out the window, and yet, it's still a great fun movie to watch if you
don't try and take it seriously
HASH(0x91d5aa5c) out of 5 stars see it. worth the time seeking out 1 Dec. 2011
By mrbillny - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
abfab. A pleasure. Must track down. must try and watch. Has the feel of an old noir Eurotrash flick from the early 70s set with old hollywood 50s-60s horror genre backdrop. Euro and cultural to a great extent. Must see and good add to anyone's library
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