The 'box art' for this kit.
Here is a relatively intricate resin kit called 'Wax Encounter' based on the 1953 mystery horror film “House Of Wax”. The film was one of the first
to be shot in color & 3D but neither did much to improve the film in any significant way. The 3D effects really had nothing to do with the plot and seemed to have been plugged into the story to prevent the audience from falling asleep. The only real plus
about the film is Vincent Price who, until that time, was watching his career beginning a slow motion decline around that time. But, a man's gotta eat so he did a lot of television which, at that time, was considered by many to be below a 'real' actor's station.
Fortunately for all of us, Vincent kept at it, and with his appearances in “The Fly” (1958) followed by the William Caste films, “The Tingler” and “The House On Haunted Hill” (both in 1959) which, in a sense, made him a
substitute for the 'classic' horror bogey men, Karloff & Lugosi.
The kit is an OOP Monsters In Motion limited edition sculpted by Jeff
Yagher. It is a little complicated for a resin kit (about the same level as Dimensional Designs “The Brain That Wouldn't Die”) so care must be taken in the assembly because the instructions are a little misleading specifically in the build up of
what I call 'the infernal machine'.
In the film, most if not all of the piping that delivers the molten wax to the hapless victim is made
of glass and, admittedly, looks pretty cool (see photos below). Unfortunately, all this was cast in solid gray resin, which when painted pink or flesh color just looked like a bunch of silly pink pipes which just didn't make it in my view. So, me being me,
I decided to go with a more realistic construction of copper lines and cast iron fittings.