House of Wax (1953)

Houseofwax1.jpg3D Movies have become common to watch in theaters nowadays. In fact, there are special showings for several movies where you have the option or not. Yet, this would not have been possible if some people did not push the boundaries with technology to make this happen. On April 10, 1953 House of Wax was released. This movie starring Vincent Price was Warner Brothers first 3D film.

Henry Jerrod is a well liked wax artist. One day his partner betrays him and burns his museum down. It is believed that Henry has died with the museum. However, he has not died and seeks revenge on his former partner and many people around him. After killing his partner and turning him into a wax statue, Henry is able to open his wax museum again. However, he is bound to a wheelchair and is unable to use his hands. One day a young woman, Sue Allen, recognizes one of his statue as a friend of hers. Upon seeing this, she is startled and tells her fiancee about the likeness of this statue. Henry informs her that it is probably a coincidence and her fiancee agrees. Yet, Sue has her suspicions and returns to the wax museum. To her horror, she learns that the statue is of her friend. Quickly, she learns that all of the current statues in this building are of real people who Henry had killed. When Sue tries to escape she is cornered by Henry, who reveals that he can walk, and his partner Igor. When Sue tries to fight Henry off, she breaks the wax around his body revealing his horribly burned body. Shocked, she faints only to find herself bound. Henry is prepared to turn her into a wax figurine just like her friend. Yet, not all is lost as the police arrive just in time to save her from a horrible fate. Henry tries to escape but ends up dying in the end.

3D in film has grown since House of Wax premiered on April 10, 1953. Released by Warner Brothers, this film marks the first time a 3D film was released by a major motion picture. With groundbreaking technology at the time, House of Wax was able to pave the way for many new films to come out in 3D.

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