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House of Wax

House of Wax is a horror movie. It stars Elisha Cuthbert, Chad Michael Murray, Brian Van Holt, Jared Padalecki, and the (in)famous Paris Hilton. I must admit that I did not expect much from the movie. Truth be told, I expected this movie to be a cheesy horror film because Paris Hilton was in it. The only reason I decided to suck it up and suffer through it was because my dear Winchester brother, Jared Padalecki of Supernatural (CW15, Thursdays at 9 p.m.--it's an awesome show!) fame, was in it and he's not been in much besides Supernatural.

Alas, I was pleasantly surprised by this little movie. It follows a group of six college age friends on a road trip and, of course, they run into car trouble. They are forced to seek help in the small town of Ambrose where appearances can be deceiving and things are not what they seem. The small group of friends has no idea what horrors await them when a serial killer who keeps unique souvenirs from his kills decides they'll make nice additions to his collection and begins stalking them. The friends are forced to fight for their survival against a seriously twisted serial killer.

This movie is freaky, gruesome and scary. The fairly common premise of a group of young people stranded in the middle of nowhere and stalked by a serial killer is made freshly freaky by the setting and the freak show ending. While Paris Hilton turns out to be a decent actress, her socialite reputation and celebrity persona takes you out of the movie in her scenes.

Horror film buffs will enjoy this movie, and I recommend you check it out. It is available upon request from Annville Free Library.

--Reviewed by Ms. Angie

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