Watch Wax Mask
- 1 hr 38 min
Wax Mask is a 1997 Italian horror film that takes place in Paris during the 1900s. It begins with the wax museum owner, Boris Volkoff, being burned alive during a show. Years later, his successor, Sonia, reopens the museum using the prestige of Boris while trying to find a way of making it more popular. To her luck, a strange man arrives and offers to fund the museum with the catch being that his son Gaetano works as an apprentice under Sonia. Things take a turn for the worse when dead bodies start appearing, and the sculptor finds inspiration in them to make his creations. The movie's main character is Sonia, who takes charge of the museum following Boris's untimely death. She's a beautiful and ambitious woman who desires to modernize the museum and is not afraid of taking risks. She's also cautious and notices suspicious things happening around the museum. She's a strong character who knows what she wants and is determined to make it happen. Romina Mondello plays Sonia's character well. Her performance brings out Sonia's ambition and passion for the museum. Her acting also brings out the character's cautiousness and suspicion towards the strange occurrences around the museum. Gaetano, the sculptor apprentice, is another important character in the movie. With his mysterious nature and dark past, he becomes fuel for the intrigue and horror in the storyline. His skills as a sculptor are also exceptional and that's evident in how he creates lifelike wax figures. Riccardo Serventi Longhi does an excellent job portraying Gaetano's character. The actor is a great fit for the role, drawing out the character's mysterious aura and making the audience feel uneasy around him. His dark past is revealed through flashbacks, making the audience understand where he's coming from. Riccardo also does an excellent job in showing Gaetano's passion for his art and how that passion drives him to create his best works. The film has an excellent setting that brings out the horror in the story. The museum is not only a museum, but it's also a horror house. The scenes are well-lit and well-shot, making the movie visually appealing despite being a horror film. The setting is fully exploited to add to the film's climatic effect. The movie has excellent sound and music that adds to the horror and suspenseful atmosphere. The sound is gruesome and makes the horror scenes more intense. The special effects and make-up in the movie are exceptional. The dead bodies look real and scary, and the wax figures are lifelike, adding to the eerie atmosphere. The movie has a decent storyline that doesn't disappoint. The movie's theme of life breathed into death is evident throughout the film as the wax sculptor brings dead bodies to life through waxwork. The movie also raises a moral question of whether it's ethical to make unreal figures out of real dead people. One thing that should not go unnoticed is the film's use of gore. The movie is not meant for the fainthearted as the gore is in plenty in the film. The scenes are graphic and gruesome, making the film not suitable for children; it is a horror flick. In conclusion, Wax Mask is an excellent horror movie with exceptional acting, cinematography, sound, special effects, and makeup. The film's main characters, Sonia and Gaetano, are well-portrayed, and the setting and music complement the movie's horror theme. Despite dealing with gore, the film's storyline is decent, and the use of special effects and makeup is exceptional. It's recommended for anyone who enjoys the horror genre.