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.
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.
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.