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House of Wax
(2005)
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Composed, Orchestrated, and Produced by:

Conducted by:
Bruce Harvey
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Varèse Sarabande
(May 10th, 2005)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you are enticed by John Ottman's consistent ability to twist innocent-sounding themes and instrumentation into horrifying, gothic levels of bombast.

Avoid it... if you demand only the most devious of Ottman's often intelligent scores in the genre or prefer those which contain a much more consistent rhythmic flow.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #707
WRITTEN 5/14/05, REVISED 10/28/11
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House of Wax: (John Ottman) There really seemed to be only two reasons why the 2005 teenager-aimed horror flick House of Wax was produced. Either the filmmakers and the studio determined that young audiences raised in the Scream generation still hadn't seen enough of the typical mass killings of dumb youths in ridiculous circumstances. Or, the entire film was an excuse to take advantage of "actress" Paris Hilton's notoriety by showing her in a steamy sex scene and having her run around in skimpy underwear before becoming yet another victim of the usual slasher movie demise. Without a doubt, this remake of House of Wax is an insult to the classic 1953 Vincent Price thriller, and the film's name was yanked from the esteemed Hollywood legend simply for the purposes of selling this deviant abomination. Essentially, the plot of the remade House of Wax involves a group of kids that finds themselves side-tracked on their way to a football game and ends up in a small town that is a creepy time capsule of the 1960's. The town's landscape is dominated by a museum that only contains wax sculptures and is itself also made of wax. Predictable and tired, the progression of killings yields obvious survivors for a potential sequel, though the intelligence behind this particular entry in the teen slasher/thriller genre was met with such disregard from critics (and some audiences) that the concept was thankfully re-buried and forgotten. Producer Joel Silver had worked twice before with composer John Ottman, and with Silver's inclination to adorn the film with a massively gothic score despite limited fiscal resources, the choice of Ottman for the task was not surprising. The composer continued to make a career out of horror and occasional action, writing in a realm of perpetual musical darkness that once again steered the composer away from his elusive, imaginary first romance score. Not only does Ottman embrace lower budget horror films of suspect quality, but he seems to genuinely enjoy working on them. As heard in Hide and Seek earlier in the same year, Ottman delightfully concocts themes of innocent structure and instrumentation and mutates them throughout his scores into the menacing demeanor necessary for the genre. No exception is House of Wax, though the manipulation of themes and rhythms in this venture isn't as tightly woven as in other Ottman thrillers.



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228 TOTAL VOTES
Average: 2.73 Stars
***** 35 5 Stars
**** 36 4 Stars
*** 50 3 Stars
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Unknown Opera Song...
Ryan - December 17, 2005, at 12:32 a.m.
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House of Wax
Lurch - December 10, 2005, at 10:48 a.m.
1 comment  (2420 views)
Fantastic 4 John Ottman   Expand >>
Elgin - September 19, 2005, at 4:00 p.m.
2 comments  (2599 views)
Newest: June 10, 2007, at 4:21 p.m. by
cody perkins
I need to find this song also!
Kristyn - September 19, 2005, at 6:02 a.m.
1 comment  (1952 views)
song in scene where paris is dancing   Expand >>
Debbie - September 5, 2005, at 8:07 p.m.
3 comments  (3801 views)
Newest: June 15, 2006, at 3:34 p.m. by
Dawn Lymm
Alternate review of House of Wax at Movie Music UK
Jonathan Broxton - July 19, 2005, at 11:21 a.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
Audio Samples   ▼
Total Time: 41:51
• 1. Opening/Tantrum (3:28)
• 2. Ritual/Escape from Church (4:15)
• 3. Story of the Town (1:39)
• 4. Up in Flames (3:43)
• 5. They Look So Real (2:16)
• 6. Sealed Lips (3:56)
• 7. Brotherly Love (2:28)
• 8. Hanging with Baby Jane (3:36)
• 9. Paris Gets It (3:07)
• 10. Curiosity Kills (2:33)
• 11. Bringing Down the House (5:08)
• 12. Three Sons (2:28)
• 13. Endless Service (3:45)

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