Soundtrack
House of Wax


4.0
excellent

Review

by the academy USER (9 Reviews)
January 7th, 2010 | 27 replies | 7,797 views


Release Date: 2005 | Tracklist

Review Summary: Carly Jones: You have to be careful! Nick Jones: I am being careful.

2 of 2 thought this review was well written

Anyone who considers themselves a true fan of horror (specifically, the "slasher" subgenre) can see that 2005's House of Wax, like most of its contemporaries in the 00's remake orgy, has begun to fade into obscurity (along with Chad Michael Murray's career prospects and Paris Hilton's sex symbol status). The film is a re-imagination of the 1953 Vincent Price classic bearing the same name. It was a modest box office disappointment, failing to domestically re-capture its production budget (roughly 40 million dollars). Sure, there have been worse entries (Black X-mas, Prom Night), but then there have also been much better (Alejandre Aja's The Hills Have Eyes, Rob Zombie's re-imagined Halloween).

What will go down in history, however, is the film's wicked, WICKED awesome soundtrack. Boasting entries from My Chemical Romance, Deftones, and the Stooges, Warner Music Group has truly crafted a wondrous compilation of songs-- one that is more than capable of returning us to the film's gratuitous violence and geriatric plot progression.

Just as they did years earlier with 2001's Valentine, WMG delivers exactly what anyone could ask for in a soundtrack: f*cking tits-awesome album art. The color scheme of the album's artwork is really super tits, and the design with the wax cascading down a green woman's naked body? TITS! It just looks so super cool. I actually keep duplicate files in my iTunes so that I can come across the album art more often via coverflow.

Another thing I like about this album is that My Chemical Romance is on it. A lot of people label MCR as 'emo,' but in reality, they're just a couple of theatrical dudes from New Jersey. Three Cheers for Sweet Revenge seems to have been recorded specifically to accompany a slasher. "I Never Told You What I Do for a Living" sounds literally like it was written for this movie. Actually, the song is really what the movie should have been. I bet if someone wrote a script based on the song's lyrics, and got a couple of WB stars to read it while looking sexy and making bad decisions, the result would be better than this film. (I'm actually pretty sure this already happened (sans WB stars and sexiness)... the outcome was Mr. Brooks, which woulda been much better if (a) less Dane and (b) more noodz)...

...but I digress. Marilyn Manson's brand of industrial, theatre-metal, a staple on these types of soundtracks, tends to elicit similar themes. "Dried Up, Tied and Dead to the World" is slow, danceable, and oddly tame (for Manson). Remember: you're allowed to like this; we're talking about Antichrist Superstar -era Manson, so it's from before it was cool to hate on him.

Disturbed's "Prayer" also makes an appearance, an odd choice considering all those other Disturbed songs championing muted mumbling and beautifully incomprehensible repetition (works for these lazy remakes on so many levels). If they adapted the average Disturbed song into a film I'm pretty sure it would turn out something like Juno meets Nightmare 3: Dream Warriors (the one with Patricia Arquette and Lawrence Fishburne). It would be much more palatable than Juno (probably the most fruity, artsy, indie slasher of all time).

Bloodsimple (yeah that's actually their name) is an ok fit on here as well. "Path to Prevail" is a pretty nice, light-hearted, love song about how much of a badass Chad Michael Murray probably is in real life, cuz you really can't fake that kind of performance. You really believe his character did some 'time' and that he 'doesn't play by the rules.'

Prodigy's "Spitfire," is just like "Path to Prevail" except that it sounds completely different and doesn't suck ass.

Moving onto "Minerva," the Deftones contribution, here's a song that I always thought was sort of a letdown, just because I hold the band to such high standards. Sure, the song is Chino in ambient/epic mode, which is always worth your time, but for some reason it never clicked with me. I remember when the song first came out, I recorded off the radio on a tape, and was a little bummed. Fortunately, the album ended up being pretty great. I'm not going to bother relating it to the film, though.

Stutterfly's "Gun in Hand" sounds a bit like it should have been released by Pierce the Veil of some other Equal Vision band, years later, and on a much better CD than anything Stutterfly every put out. Perhaps that is just the album's motif. The soundtrack closes with Joy Division's "New Dawn Fades" and Dark New Day's "Taking Me Alive," both solid tracks in their own right.

I think, bottom line, whoever was in charge of picking the songs from whatever label-affiliated song bank did a pretty good job. Just as good a job as the casting director who plucked young faces from WB network-affiliated teen dramas. Overall, the album is pretty progressive. I'd give it a shot if I were you.



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Comments:Add a Comment 
SeaAnemone
January 7th 2010



20012 Comments


best part of this review is Lost

Digging: Natural Snow Buildings - The Night Country

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
January 7th 2010



28431 Comments


finally! someone got the reference

Digging: Kimbra - The Golden Echo

DiceMan
January 7th 2010



7068 Comments


Album art is badass yes?

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
January 7th 2010



28431 Comments


yes its really ill.

Emim
January 7th 2010



26614 Comments


Taking Me Alive is a great song.

dylantheairplane
January 7th 2010



2167 Comments


Cool review man

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
January 7th 2010



28431 Comments


thanks, man

ThePalestMexican
January 7th 2010



2816 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Minerva is an awesome song
and I hated Rob Zombie's version of Halloween.

Otherwise a nice review, haven't read a soundtrack review in a long time.

Dryden
January 7th 2010



12928 Comments


"Album art is badass yes?"

yah

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
January 7th 2010



28431 Comments


wow hated it? I thought it was the third best in the series. U gotta admit tho, Prom Night and Black X-Mas remakes were dreadful.

ThePalestMexican
January 7th 2010



2816 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

I haven't watched Prom Night, Black X-Mas though was one of the most boring movies I've ever seen though.

Not trying to sound like an douche though.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
January 7th 2010



28431 Comments


na to each his own, movies and music, its cool. I just liked Zombies remake. Thought he made his own movie, as opposed to pumping familiar cliches into a classic film's plot.

Gyromania
January 7th 2010



15489 Comments


All I remember is that the movie was awful.

BallsToTheWall
January 7th 2010



44164 Comments


Gun In Hand is the best song on this album.

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
January 7th 2010



28431 Comments


see everybody's got a favorite on this album. its a solid soundtrack. Up there with "Batman Forever" and "Grind"

ThePalestMexican
January 7th 2010



2816 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

All I remember was Jim Carrey finally got a rap song on Batman Forever.

Asiatic667
January 8th 2010



4648 Comments


I never told you.... is such a kick ass song. No Idea why they put that joy division track on here, but it's a great song as well

theacademy
Staff Reviewer
January 8th 2010



28431 Comments


yeah I never told you makes sense, such a sick track. "new dawn fades" is pretty sweet, but thinking
back to the film i can't imagine where they would've used it. maybe a driving scene? idk

nice diggs btw

Jips
January 8th 2010



1129 Comments


i remember the first matrix soundtrack being pretty badass... especially at the time...

Asiatic667
January 8th 2010



4648 Comments


Yah, that track in the closing scene when he flies away. Rage against the machine, wasn't it?



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