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(2005), R [R*] (1hr 45min)

Analysis Date
CAP Final Score
CAP Influence Density
May 7, 2005
22 out of 100

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(This section may be and sometimes is somewhat subjective.)

If Scriptural references appear, the full text appears at the end of the Summary / Commentary.

(2005), R [R*] -- Modern preferences in entertainment?

Cast/Crew Details Courtesy Internet Movie Database
Production (US): Warner Bros., Dark Castle Entertainment, Village Roadshow Pictures, ImageMovers, Silver Pictures
Distribution (US): Warner Bros., Warner Bros. Pictures Inc.
Director(s): Jaume Collet-Serra
Producer(s): Bruce Berman, Polly Cohen, Herb Gains, L. Levin, Kristin Lowe, Richard Mirisch, Erik Olsen, Steve Richards, Joel Silver, Robert Zemeckis
Story by: Charles Belden
Screenplay by: Chad Hayes, Carey Hayes
Cinematography/Camera: Stephen F. Windon
Music: John Ottman
Film Editing: Joel Negron
Casting: Mary Gail Artz, Barbara Cohen
Production Design: Graham 'Grace' Walker
Art Direction: Brian Edmonds, Nicholas McCallum
Viewed At: Driftwood Theater 6

The three Sinclair boys had a heyday of heydays. A whole town was murdered and encased in wax with intent to add six more to their Town of Wax -- literally. I am surprised the heavyweight producers got involved with this flick.

The theme draws on the fame of its 1953 Vincent Price 3-D House of Wax namesake most of us have seen but is much more modern. But only the title is the same. Er ... one of the characters, Vincent (Brian Van Holt), has the same name as the 1953 reciprocal. Those are the only "same's" between the two films.

House of Wax uses a l-o-t more gore, impudence, vulgarity and other matters of modern preferences in entertainment. At least what Hollywood apparently thinks is preferred. It is surprising that this film earned a score as high as 22 out of 100. But it is down in the dregs in violence, language and sex. Modern preferences in entertainment? It came and went without notice. I think I was one of about fifty in the auditorium with a capacity of about 400 on the opening Friday night. One would think Hollywood would learn. [Phil. 4:8]

This film is rated R for horror violence, some sexual content and language. Indeed. Maybe use "gore" instead of or in addition to "horror" in "horror violence", [Prov. 3:31-32] take away the "some" from "some sexual content" [Mark 7:21 - 23] and add "filthy" to "language" [Col. 3:8] and you will begin to get a picture of this picture.

On a cohabitive camping trip, car troubles force a gang of college students to split up and search for help. The help they found would have been best not found. All but two of the menagerie are killed.

In keeping with the need to reduce costs this (most expensive) Summary/Commentary is short. The listing in the Findings/Scoring section is, as always, complete.


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  • Phil. 4:8 Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.
  • Prov. 3:31-32 Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways, for the LORD detests a perverse man but takes the upright into his confidence
  • Mark 7:21 - 23 For from within, out of men's hearts, come evil thoughts, sexual immorality, theft, murder, adultery, greed, malice, deceit, lewdness, envy, slander, arrogance and folly. All these evils come from inside and make a man 'unclean.'
  • Col. 3:8 But now ye also put off all these; anger, wrath, malice, blasphemy, filthy communication out of your mouth.

    ***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
  • Ps. 12:8 The wicked freely strut about [e.g., create progressively vile/offensive entertainment with impunity and no consequences to younger and younger audiences every year] when what is vile is honored among men [when enough people continue to defend it, embrace it, pay for it, enjoy it, want it, submit to it].
  • Col. 2:8 Beware lest any man [by his influence] spoil you through philosophy and vain deceit, after the tradition of men, after the rudiments of the world, and not after Christ.
  • 1 Cor. 15:33 Be not deceived: evil communications corrupt good manners.
  • Rom. 5:19 For as by one man's disobedience many were made sinners, so by the obedience of one shall many be made righteous.
  • Jude 1:4 For there are certain men* crept in unawares [secretly slipped in among you], who were before of old ordained to this condemnation [whose condemnation was written about long ago], ungodly men, turning the grace of our God into lasciviousness [a license for immorality], and denying the only Lord God, and our Lord Jesus Christ. [*men: anthropos {anth'-ro-pos}, generic, a human being, whether male or female]
  • Matt. 25:40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto [or for] one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto [or for] me.
  • Luke 17:2 It were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and he cast into the sea, than that he should offend one of these little ones. ["Offend": skandalizo - to entice to sin; to cause a person to begin to distrust and desert one whom he ought to trust and obey; to cause to fall away. "Little ones": mikros - little;, small of age; younger which can include at-home teens].
  • Ps. 119:133 Order my steps in thy word: and let not any iniquity have dominion over me [let no sin rule over me].
  • John 14:15 If ye love me, keep my commandments.
  • 1 Thess. 5:22 Abstain from all appearance of evil. ["Evil" includes all things that are sinful.]


    As always, it is best to refer to the Findings/Scoring section -- the heart of the CAP analysis model -- for the most complete assessment possible of this movie.
    (The heart of the CAP Analysis Model)

    House of Wax (2005) CAP Thermometers

    Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
  • brutalizing a maniacal child
  • vandalism, repeatedly
  • breaking and entering
  • explosive startles, repeatedly
  • tale of suicide
  • cover up
  • assault to cause injury - graphic
  • blade attack
  • further assault with injury, repeatedly
  • kidnapping, multiple
  • gore, repeatedly, graphic
  • pursuit to kill
  • attack of a woman
  • bondage with assault
  • amputation
  • severed head with eyes blinking
  • sounds of horror
  • knife assaults, repeatedly, some with impalement
  • additional knife assault
  • gunfire to kill, repeatedly
  • crossbow arrow impalement, twice
  • gore of self-removal of crossbow arrows
  • dead bodies
  • breaking off head of a wax dummy thinking a human was inside
  • action violence, repeatedly
  • mutilation beating with a baseball bat
  • wax melting showing corpses underneath
  • body parts

    Impudence/Hate (I)
  • 34 uses of the three/four letter word vocabulary
  • five uses of the most foul of the foul words
  • rude behavior
  • making the criminal the victim
  • open urination
  • anger at another's unwillingness to lie to cover up
  • hate sound in background music
  • torture
  • lies, repeatedly

    Sexual Immorality (S)
  • dressing to maximize the human form and/or skin exposure, repeatedly
  • oral sex, mostly unseen
  • talk of immoral sex as though it is okay
  • homosexual slander
  • cohabitation camping
  • adult in underwear, repeatedly
  • camera angle to force viewer on private parts, repeatedly
  • below navel skin, repeatedly
  • rude gaze
  • statue nudity, detailed
  • planning immoral sex
  • making out, repeatedly
  • full side nudity
  • full frontal nudity with only shadows hiding genitalia
  • woman stripping to entice
  • thing nudity, repeatedly
  • open mouth kissing

    Drugs/Alcohol (D):
  • drinking, repeatedly
  • smoking, repeatedly
  • forced injection

    Offense to God (O)
  • ten uses of God's name in vain without the four letter expletive and two with it
  • "Your talent would make up for what God took away from you."

    Murder/Suicide (M)
  • murder by suffocation
  • beheading
  • knife murder, graphic
  • murder by pipe through head
  • whole town murdered

  • First Impressions and

    Christian Educators Association International



    There are some in the entertainment industry who maintain that 1) violent programming is harmless because no studies exist that prove a connection between violent entertainment and aggressive behavior in children, and 2) young people know that television, movies, and video games are simply fantasy. Unfortunately, they are wrong on both accounts." And "Viewing violence may lead to real life violence." I applaud these associations for fortifying 1 Cor. 15:33. Read the rest of the story. From our more than eight years of study, I contend that other aberrant behaviors, attitudes, and expressions can be inserted in place of "violence" in that statement. Our Director - Child Psychology Support, a licensed psychologist and certified school psychologist concurs. For example, "Viewing arrogance against fair authority may lead to your kids defying you in real life." Or "Viewing sex may lead to sex in real life." Likewise and especially with impudence, hate and foul language. I further contend that any positive behavior can be inserted in place of "violence" with the same chance or likelihood of being a behavior template for the observer; of being incorporated into the behavior mechanics and/or coping skills of the observer. In choosing your entertainment, please consider carefully the "rest of the story" and our findings.

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