Tuesday, 30 April 2013

House Of Wax (film)

The Redoubt Fortress is taking part in Culture 24's Museums At Night extravaganza in 2013 with a special screening of the Vincent Price horror film House of Wax. The film will be shown on the evening of the 18th of May and I think the Redoubt will be the perfect spooky venue! You might have seen one of its 'abandoned rooms' used in the trailer for Green Room Productions The Wife The Mistress The Chair? Eastbourne Museums are planning a few scary surprises for visitors and will be lighting the Redoubt corridors with candles to add to the atmosphere.

House Of Wax was released in 1953 and was apparently a remake of an earlier 1933 comedy entitled Mystery Of The Wax Museum. House Of Wax dispensed with the comedy and added 3-D instead. I'm not sure if the Redoubt screening will be able to accomodate the 3-D effects but probably best to take your paper glasses just in case!

Set in New York in the early 20th century, Vincent Price is wax sculptor Professor Henry Jarrod. He and his business partner, Matthew Burke (Roy Roberts) own a museum and Burke tries to encourage Jarrod to create more sensational waxworks so the museum will earn more money. Jarrod refuses and is nearly killed in a fire set by Burke as an insurance fraud. Badly hurt, Jarrod does survive and, aided by deaf-mute Igor (Charles Bronson), opens a new House Of Wax featuring a graphic Chamber Of Horrors - a gallery of notorious crime scenes. What visitors do not realise though is that each waxwork is actually a wax-covered human corpse.

Redoubt Fortress, Sat 18th May, 19:00.
Tickets £5 to include admission to the museum and the film screening, available from the Museum Shop.

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