Le Dunte Reviews
Though he is still earning his way up the poparacci hierarchy, my cousin Le Dunte seems to be having enormous success contacting and interviewing celebrities. Here, he interviews a number of stars, including Paris Hilton and Elisha Cuthbert.
‘Wax’ increases gore of original movie
By Dante Sacomani
Daily Staff Writer
Love them or hate them, horror movies have one thing going for them — some outrageous plots.
Tired of seeing Jason chasing pesky sex-crazed teenagers through the suburbs? Send him to space. Tired of seeing rejected mutant freaks stalking their hopeless human pray? Pit them against each other in a one-on-one bloody showdown.
Horror movies have the ability to take even the craziest idea and turn it into a 90-minute showcase of severed limbs, exposed organs and, of course, oceans of blood.
Add up these facts and the result equals the upcoming remake of the 1953 horror movie “House of Wax,” which blends the bloody qualities of a slasher flick with a bad day at Madame Tussauds.
This comparison seems appropriate considering that Paris Hilton, one of the film’s stars, is being molded into her own Tussauds creation.
The film, which will be released May 6, pits a group of young Hollywood heartthrobs against a malicious psycho with a penchant for dipping his newly killed victims into wax and preserving them like a trophy.
Though the film may be a remake, Jared Padalecki, another star, says it has been updated for a new audience.
“Even though it’s a remake, I think it’s only a remake in that it shares the same title. I think this is a whole new genre,” Padalecki says.
To reflect the generation gap since the original movie’s release more than 50 years ago, there have been some notable visual changes to the new film’s layout. The most noticeable difference is the increase in gore that was absent in the original. The new version of the film will have audiences up to their ears in human remains as the cast members begin meeting their untimely demises.
“We really stepped it up on the gore in the film,” Cuthbert says.
The other difference that may pull the eyes of audience members who have seen the film’s elder is the increase in sexual energy, lead in part by Paris Hilton who stars in the film’s widely hyped pseudo-erotic moment. Salivating Paris fans who rush to the theater opening day might be disappointed to find that the film’s director Jaume Serra chose not to exploit his star’s body, however.
“I think the scene is done really tastefully and there’s no nudity. It’s me in like sexy, red lingerie,” Hilton says. “I don’t think it’s a big deal. In every movie you need some sex, ’cause people like it.”
In addition to Hilton, the film’s other potential human candles boasts Chad Michael Murray of “One Tree Hill” as Cuthbert’s brother who sticks with her as they attempt to escape the grasp of their wax-loving nemesis.
On top of their respective roles, the horror genre itself posed its own challenges, as it was one that is relatively new to all stars’ filmographies.
“It’s a very tricky genre; the movie has to make sense, it has to be good, and also the character — you have to feel something and be interesting in creating the character. I think that for every genre of film, but I think horror is a lot trickier to choose,” Cuthbert says.
The true challenge of “House of Wax” manifests, in particular, in the wax itself.
“You’d get home early in the morning and you have to shower and get this wax out of your hair — it’s really a pain in the ass,” Murray said.