The Wax is Back- Vincent Price Returns in "House of Wax"- Tonight!

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Tonight on MeTV- we present an encore performance of a 1950s film that is iconic to the horror genre- notable not only for its original 3-D presentations in theatres, but also for being one of the films that immediately comes to mind when you think of Vincent Price-  it’s the creepy, colorful tale of the “House of Wax”!

The story takes us back to the early 1900s, and the New York museum of Professor Henry Jarrod- a gifted sculptor who creates historic tableaus out of wax- and prefers the educational and artistic approach, instead of the sensationalism seen in other wax museums of the era. This preference is not shared by his business partner, Matthew Burke- he feels these cultural displays aren’t exciting enough, and haven’t been bringing in enough revenue. The money-hungry Burke tries to get Jarrod to see his viewpoint- but the artist refuses. Burke then hits on a “plan B”- burn the museum down, and profit from the insurance money! He takes matters into his own hands, setting the place on fire- with Jarrod trapped inside and thought to be killed in the conflagration!

Years later, it is a shock to discover that Jarrod has miraculously survived! Due to injuries suffered in the conflagration at his original museum, he is now confined to a wheelchair, with his hands so crippled that he himself cannot do any sculpting any longer. He must rely on the help of assistants, including the mute sculptor Igor, to create his new displays. He plans to open this new wax museum, but, surprisingly, he no longer shuns the “house of horrors” type exhibits- and will feature the chilling, thrilling scenes in his new place.

At about the same time, the streets of New York are being haunted by disfigured killer in black! He claims Cathy, the fiancée of Jarrod’s old partner Burke- who appears to have committed suicide- as a victim. Cathy’s friend Sue finds her friend’s body and comes face to frightening face with the killer. Later on- the deceased young woman’s body mysteriously disappears from the morgue!

Jarrod’s new museum is opening- and Sue joins her sculptor boyfriend Scott to view the displays there. One of them bothers her a lot- because the wax figure of Joan of Arc strongly resembles her late friend! Jarrod himself rolls up in his chair and offers an explanation-he used photos of the dead girl as reference in creating this figure. He is also struck by Sue’s uncanny resemblance to his original version of Marie Antoinette that was destroyed in his first museum’s fire. He asks her to consider modelling for a new figure of Marie, to be added to his museum collection in the future.

Posing for him is the furthest thing from Sue’s mind, because she is not convinced by his story of using morgue photos. She sneaks into the museum to do a closer inspection of  the Joan of Arc statue- leading to a shocking confrontation that could see her – and not a wax figure of her-become a permanent part of the museum collection !

This 1953 film is impressive, even without being in 3-D- with amazing color, frightening effects, and an outstanding cast, headlined by Vincent Price as Prof. Jarrod, and  Charles Bronson ( as Charles Buchinsky) as his mute lackey Igor, as well as Carolyn Jones, the future “Addams Family” Morticia , and more! We’ll talk about the cast, and have provide information on the production, including an odd irony regarding the director Andre DeToth. And- don’t forget the famed “paddleball” scene, which may have been impressive in 3-D, but now seems -well- kind of silly ( and may trigger some viewers’ gag reflex!) Of course, there are plenty of Svengoolie gags as well!

"House of Wax" returns to MeTV tonight at 8 pm eastern/pacific, 7 central time- if you need help finding where and when it airs in your area, check your local listings ,or at . The many fans live-Tweeting during the show ,using the hashtag #svengoolie , have been keeping our program among the top trending items nationally on Twitter every Saturday night, and MeTV encourages you to do the same! For our viewers in the Chicago area, at 11 am on WCIU, the U, we have an encore showing of Peter Cushing’s “Evil of Frankenstein” for you to enjoy.

Thanks for making our second Sven 40th anniversary shirt a sell-out in about four days! The next one will be showing up around the first of September- with more special merchandise coming soon.

Last weekend, we were so honored by the Sven anniversary festivities at the Flashback Weekend convention- and taped some great future and celebrity interviews for future shows! It was great to meet so many fans of our show- many who had travelled long distances to be with us! It was there that we made the full official announcement- coming up this fall, DC Comics will present chapters in their books of “Svengoolie Meets the DC Universe”- featuring yours truly battling a villainous menace with the help of Justice League heroes! More information will be forthcoming!

Please join us tonight to wax horrific with the great Vincent Price!

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Matt 11 months ago
Happy sci-fi Saturday everyone !!!
StephanieStepStone 11 months ago
I know, no religion. But remember the "Bible" phrase,
"The last shall be first, and the first shall be last." ?
Th-th-that's all, Folks!
I think...
Over to the Blog thread on
"Children of the @$!#:.."
StephanieStepStone 11 months ago
My sister's diapers were on national TV!
She interned one summer for "American Baby" magazine, related to "American Baby" cable t.v. show.
She mostly did Xeroxing, but also ironed & starched the diapers as needed for mag & TV show.
I went out with a girl who was in a diaper commercial, just to be clear not the adult kind -ha.
StephanieStepStone 11 months ago
More floated up in memory.
I got on tv once for "man on the street" type interview. My pretty face got on news as an "extra" once at Dr's. My feet got on news once.
My Junior
Girl Scout troop sang songs for Stephen Foster's birthday on local cable access.
6th grade Friends & I in local paper for something similar to Muscular Dystrophy Carnival. & in paper for winning 6th grade spelling bee.
Tho I mostly had my words only published as poet; journalism student; support group leader & advocate for disabled.
My face was on a record by my church youth choir.
My friend was on local news once a week as animal advocate for a few years.
My blushing, red-faced Dad was interviewed on local news about some financial law change.
A number of relatives & friends were professional journalists for various school & local newspapers & TV. & some national mags. & various Law Journals & such.
StephanieStepStone 11 months ago
Catbat, Dale etc:
As far as deer diminishing in number during Depression:
My father grew up on a near-the-Dustbowl, Hill Country cattle ranch / cotton & vegetable farm.
In 1930s-40s, 5 or 6 families formed a "Meat Club."
Each family, in their week, provided enough meat for all club members to have at least one serving of meat a week.
They might kill a few chickens or turkeys (not rubber);
Hunt the deer, squirrels, rabbits, quail and dove, etc., that ran wild around their farms and two-room school;
Go to the Ice House in town where they rented space to store previously butchered pork & beef.
(No electricity on those farms til 1970s.)
Maybe catch a few fish, but fish were few even when creeks had water.
A few Kosher adults refused to eat pork & some other meat, but taught the children to eat everything.
Sometimes what you got was Turkey necks or pig knuckles, but it was meat!
My father shot a deer, a big stag, when he was 9 years old. Didn't want to eat it but was made to.
We had the mounted head til a few years ago when it was destroyed by a roof leak. (My mother had conversations with it when off her Schizo meds.)
Political sentence I'm leaving out.
Anyway, the deer weren't destroyed by an epidemic!
Thanks for letting me share.
My father had to de-thorn cactus for cattle feed during the extra-dry years.
Got a thorn in his knee. It got infected. Went to hospital.
Before that, was star of his Little League baseball team.
Still tried out for Kansas City Browns. Didn't make it, couldn't run well enough. Still saw Stan Musial play.
PatS StephanieStepStone 11 months ago
Glad I came back to this thread to read your stories. Personal histories usually welcome!
StephanieStepStone 11 months ago
Sometimes when I or another total Noob get deleted by Admiral Administrator for breaking rules we were never told of, I remember Star Trek Tng episode where young Wesley Crusher, freshly New to a planet, breaks a stupid rule he never hears of, & is condemned to death.
I just get exasperated when old regulars get deleted for what sometimes seems like arbitrary reasons.
And some negative politics slips through & makes my stomach hurt.
Even if I agree with you! History is usually ok with little me, tho.
StephanieStepStone 11 months ago
Our school always started Wednesday before Labor Day. Gave an easy transition into school from summer liberties.
Unless you were bruised when Big Brother slipped a stone under the Slip'N'Slide!
StephanieStepStone 11 months ago
Loved "Whales of August." So pretty, made me want to live there!
Enjoyed "Ferris Bueller."
Pat Hingle attended Weslaco High in Texas, one town over from where my mother was born & attended 1st 12 grades.
StephanieStepStone 11 months ago
We also had yellow Top Value Stamps.
Surprised no one mentioned the Brady Bunch episode involving trading stamps. It was the one with the infamous House of Cards battle. (Not recent TV show.)
StephanieStepStone 11 months ago
I was in bed on meds, not part of original conversations. I'll add 1 or 2 comments on different subjects. Ok if no one reads. I'm going to clear my brain. Then start over with the thread for "Village of the $!#:;&."
StephanieStepStone 11 months ago
Might be the last poster for this unusually eventful week.
Welcome ALL New posters! List of rules earlier on Friday in "House of Wax" thread.
Good Luck.
Happy Anniversary.
Feel Better.
Glad you had fun!
Happy Birthday!
StephanieStepStone 11 months ago
Poem for during commercials:
"Love is not all.
It is not meat or drink...
I might be driven to...
Sell the memory of this night for food..."
Edna St. Vincent Millay. "Sonnet XXX."
AKA. "Analysis of Love."
Only 14 lines. Several places online.
StephanieStepStone 11 months ago
Twilight Zone in 25 minutes. One of my faves. Recession in Future. Guy sells pieces of his memories for food.
Ravenwoman 11 months ago
Sven, thank you in advance for showing the "Village of the Damned." I have not seen this one and am very much looking forward to it!
scottieO Ravenwoman 11 months ago
Hi Ravenwoman, sorry to see awhile back that you were not up to being on the blog. Hope you stay well this time.
MrGotham Ravenwoman 11 months ago
Good evening Ravenwoman
Long time, nice to see you well enough to be here.
Hope you're feeling better after last week
Ravenwoman MrGotham 11 months ago
Thank you, Scottie. I had pneumonia but was treated and making a decent recovery. I'm okay, just not blogging that much anymore. It's time for me to take a break, that's all.
Ravenwoman MrGotham 11 months ago
Thank you, Mr. Gotham. I'm okay, slow but steady recovery. I love 💖and miss you dearly. Please send my regards to your family. Please don't worry. I have great, loving friends that look after me with much TLC! 😘👍🗽
Thank you, and welcome to Sven's world! 🗽👍
Trout 11 months ago
Politics aside, RIP Peter Fonda. Futureworld is still one of my favorites, and on that we can shake hands and agree.
CarrieLynnCastro 11 months ago
Mrs.Islander 👻
Welcome to the Party
CarrieLynnCastro 11 months ago
Hi Catbat 🤓
I was a little off as far a the temp. today it was 108* 🌡😨🌡
Lucky you a great nice cool day for you 🏖
Take me to the beach anytime 🌊
Okay Catbat I'm on my way 😉
Good night ☄🐙☄

CarrieLynnCastro 11 months ago
Thank you Pat S 🌹
I did not know it was
a true story 🙄
Still hard for me too
watch makes me sad
😢 but it's a good movie
really is 🌸

Good night ☄
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