With Vincent Price, Frank Lovejoy, Phyllis Kirk, Carolyn Jones, Charles Bronson
House of Wax is a 1953 American horror film starring Vincent Price about a disfigured sculptor who repopulates his destroyed wax museum by murdering people and using their dead bodies as wax displays. It is a remake of Warners' Mystery of the Wax Museum, without the comic relief featured in the earlier film, and was directed by André de Toth. In 2005, Warner Bros. distributed a new film called House of Wax, but its plot is very different from the one used in the two earlier films.
House of Wax was the first color 3-D feature from a major American studio and premiered just two days after the Columbia Pictures film Man in the Dark, the first major-studio black-and-white 3-D feature. It was also the first 3-D film with stereophonic sound to be presented in a regular movie theater. It premiered nationwide on April 10, 1953 and went out for a general release on April 25, 1953.
In 1971, House of Wax was widely re-released to theaters in 3-D, with a full advertising campaign. Newly-struck prints of the film in Chris Condon's single-strip StereoVision 3-D format were used. Another major re-release occurred during the 3-D boom of the early 1980s.