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(2005), R [R*] (1hr 45min)
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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.
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***Selected Scriptures of Armour against the influence of the entertainment industry***
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Wanton Violence/Crime (W)
Sexual Immorality (S)
Offense to God (O)
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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