Classic horror and a box office sensation that reinvented Vincent Price as a horror icon (a fact that Price would come to resent). A little creaky by today's standards but even though the film is quite economical in both story and production it works due to Price's performance and its ability to instill suspense and dread.
Slow to start, but de Toth's economical moving camera & long takes (necessitated by budget) greatly aid the sense of unease around wax figures that may burst to life at any moment. Price is the king of expository dialogue & his monster makeup is top-notch. Phyllis Kirk is quite good at communicating genuine fear and anxiety in a few of her scenes.
Remake of the masterpiece Michael Curtiz shot in 1933. Now, 20 years later, it's 3-D, it's the worst Hollywood period in terms of artistic value and Vincent Price has replaced Lionel Atwill in the role of the mad professor. He's not bad at all here but Phyllis Kirk, as Sue Allen, is unfortunately no Fay Wray. Recommended to sci-fi and horror fans of that period.
In its own way, illustrates the problems both with the artist being controlled by the marketplace and with the artist rejecting the marketplace's demands to follow their own muse --which granted, isn't likely going to be as much of a problem when the artist in question isn't Vincent Price.
Horror in 3-D and in a wax-museum that made Vincent Price a horror movie star even if his revealing scene of his "true" face is taken from the silent "Phantom of the Opera". Fun to see Charles Bronson as a mute angry helping right hand and the make-up work is good. More forgettable are the main heroes and the story itself which is an inspired remake of "The Mystery of the Wax Museum" from decades earlier.
Fun 3D gimmickry. A great conflagration. A moody gothic gaslight chase through cobblestone streets. Price declaiming his way toward a career in horror and Bronson making an early appearance as a mute, murderous sculptor.
Surprisingly congruent to Curtiz's effort, which almost seemed to be framed for 3d. An homage if ever there were one. Its depth stems from a one eyed director utilizing 3d, which I found more amusing than the gimmickry that is employed today.
Lacks all the style and dread of the 1933 version, not to mention moving the story from modern urban horror to a 19th century costume piece. Nevertheless, it does deliver a few decent thrills, and features 3D and stereo sound.