Alternate titles : The Wax Museum.

Tagline : "Images of wax that throbbed with Passion. Almost women, what did they lack?"

The Mystery of the Wax MuseumThis early colour horror film stars noted horror actor Lionel Atwill, in an early role, as talented sculptor Ivan Igor, who works providing extremely life like sculptures for a wax museum in London. But when he finds out the owner is planning to burn the place down for the insurance money, a fight breaks out and he finds himself trapped inside the building as it's burning down around him. .

Several years later, and it seems that Ivan, though badly injured, survived the ordeal and has opened a new wax museum in New York. But although his waxworks are praised for their lifelike appearance, an investigative reporter, Florence (Glenda Farrell), begins to suspect they look a little “too” real...

It starts when she notices the Joan of Arc sculpture bears an uncanny resemblance to a young model, who was recently killed and her body stolen from the morgue. Indeed, it seems several of his works are strikingly similar to a number of people who either vanished or were killed recently.

As it would appear, whilst his injuries may have prevented him from sculpting, it seems he's found a new method of achieving lifelike wax figures and his assistants, are not being employed for their sculpting abilities...

Also starring Fay Wray (of King Kong fame), this is an interesting example of an early colour horror film, made during a time when most films were still black and white and using an old colour process, that only shows reds and blues. Definitely worth a watch if you enjoy vintage horror films, even if it's only to see where the many remakes and knock off's came from.

Overall Marks : 5/10.

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