House Of Wax: Dismemberment, Impaling, Paris Hilton, Decapitation, CW Stars, Wax, and Twins!

House of Wax is a horror movie. If that’s not your thing, I understand. Personally, I can handle the gore (OK, I love it), the violence (again, bring it on!), the disturbing images, and the attempts to scare me. What I don’t care for is the body count. You meet these characters, sometimes you grow to care for them, but you know from the start that most of them are going to die without any character or relationship growth. It always feels like such a waste of time. People watch horror films to be scared, and I don’t really get scared from them, so horror is not generally my genre.

 

            But sometimes it’s done right.

            And House of Wax did it right.

            By ‘did it right’, I don’t mean that I was scared, although I have to admit that I was looking over my shoulder more than usual when I let the cat in, but what I really mean is that I enjoyed the film, whereas I normally want my two hours back.

So, if you don’t like horror movies and know that you’ll never see this movie, then I won’t encourage you to see it. But if you are indifferent to horror movies, or if you like them, then let me take this time to recommend the film to you, and let me encourage you to see it before you read the rest of this entry. Half of what I’ve got to say totally gives away the most important part of the ending (which is to say, who lives), and I don’t want to spoil it for you, because I was on the edge of my seat. I was screaming, yelling, swearing, cringing, closing my eyes – the whole bit. Because when I decide to care about a character, I care about them!

Just so you know that I’m less crazy than I normally am, I’ll inform you that I decided to watch this movie after searching “incest vibe” on Google. OK, that bit makes me sound crazier than normal, so let me continue with my point: clearly, I wasn’t the only one who was picking up on something “extra” between these twins. Usually I know I’m seeing stuff that isn’t there, or I’m squeezing every last drop out of what is there, but this time, someone else out there in this world did something better than ship BSI – they saw it! I don’t know who that person was, but I want to send out my sincere thanks to them, because I wouldn’t have seen this movie if it weren’t for them. And now maybe you’ll see this movie because of me. =) And then maybe you’ll hate it and curse me. But maybe you’ll like it. 

            I’ll lay out the plot first. I love the plots of horror movies because they’re so simple.

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Carly (female) is our protagonist. She and her boyfriend Wade are accompanying their friends Blake (male) and Paige (female ) (also a couple) from Gainesville to Baton Rouge in order to see a big football game. This is a journey of somewhere around 8 hours, I would estimate, and they’ve got about 2.5 hours left when the movie begins. Also along for the ride is their friend Dalton. Blake has also invited Nick, Carly’s twin, to come as well (after bailing him out of jail), although Nick seems to be better friends with Dalton than Blake, and I don’t think he says a single word to Paige. These six are our main characters. I don’t think it’s ever directly stated, but one would assume that they are all college-age.

What? I am not in love with my brother!

Carly is moving from small-town Gainesville to New York because she has an internship at InStyle magazine (sounds like Degrassi Takes Manhattan, eh?) Wade has not yet decided whether or not to accompany her. Carly teases him for liking small towns (even though Gainesville is not really a small town), and Nick makes fun of him about it behind his back. So this is the major point of tension between Carly and Wade.

Paige suspects she might be pregnant, and feels like Blake pays more attention to his new vehicle than he does to her. Voila their story.

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Poor Dalton has a crush on Carly.

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Don't you walk away from me, punk!

The most important relationship (woo hoo!) is between Carly and Nick. Wade is very displeased that Nick is coming along, and it’s easy to understand why. Nick is “the evil twin”, he’s in and out of jail, and has been thrown out of his parents’ house. He lost a football scholarship due to his delinquent behavior. He’s also just generally discontented, and he makes fun of Wade in just about every way possible and calls him an asshole behind his back. To sum it up: he’s a dick. But underneath every good-looking dick is man in pain, and sometimes a man with honor, and without spoiling anything I’ll just say that Nick is more than decent underneath his rough exterior.

The group camps out when it gets dark with a few hours of the trip still left ahead and plans to get an early start. After a freaky encounter with a truck and a bad smell, we know that something’s not quite right in this place. Carly hears something in the night, but Wade is quick to dismiss it. Well, that comes back to bite him in the ass the next morning because someone had been out there cutting his fan belt! He doesn’t want to abandon his car, so Carly stays with him and they get a ride into the very genuinely small town of Ambrose by a creepy passer-by who cleans up road kill.

The “early start” plan ends in failure as they don’t even wake up until 2:30. Well, that sounds like an early start to me, but then early to bed for me is 2:00 AM, so I shouldn’t be used as a gauge of normal behavior. Blake, Paige, Dalton, and Nick run into traffic, and end up abandoning the game altogether and returning to their old camp site. It’s winter, so it gets dark early, you should know.

            In Ambrose there is a house of wax. Which is to say, a wax museum that looks like a house.

            Plot introduction concluded!

Now, let’s talk actors!

Blonde

Brunette, with blood

Carly is played by Elisha Cuthbert. It’s been years since I watched 24, and I only watched the first two seasons, but she struck me as familiar, and that’s probably because she played Kim Bauer on 24, the daughter. She does all right as Carly, but she certainly didn’t stand out. I had a lot of trouble finding a picture of her, most of what came up at first was sexy wallpapers of her in white bikinis. Well, good for her, I guess. I don’t say this very often, but I think she’s prettier as a brunette. I think she looks like a cheap whore when she’s blonde (no offense, Miss Cuthbert). With brown hair she looks good and kind and pretty, but in a girl-next-door way. Hee! Blood is also complimentary to her complexion.

Wade is played by Jared Padalecki, of Supernatural fame. This movie came out before Supernatural premiered, but only by a matter of months. I’m not shaking for my next dose of Supernatural the way I have in the past, but JP will always be dear to me. Wade isn’t so different from Sam (his Supernatural character), so I can’t supply House of Wax as evidence of acting ability. Stay tuned for my entry on Supernatural which will come some time, because if you want to talk favorite brother pairs and co-dependent sibling relationships, Supernatural tops my lists.

The only other thing that I know Jared Padalecki was in is a movie called The Christmas Cottage about Thomas Kinkade. I haven’t seen it yet, but I’ll probably watch it this Christmas, because I like Christmas movies and I like Thomas Kinkade.

Jared must be photogenic, because I’ve never been as attracted to him as I was while looking through the picture selection on Google images. His eyes often seem brown, but they’re really just a very dark green.      

Paige is played by Paris Hilton. While I am jealous of her fortune and good-looks, I think Paris is a down girl for being in this movie, and for making an appearance in an episode of Supernatural called “Fallen Idol” as a bloodthirsty shapeshifter.

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The glorious beauty of Jensen Ackles: "it's like looking into the sun"

I was not enthusiastic at first because I didn’t want her beauty anywhere near My Intended, Jensen Ackles (the other half of the Supernatural brother-pair), but I’ve cooled down a little since then, at least enough to appreciate the humor of that episode, and her final scenes which take place in a wax museum!

 Paris Hilton is certainly adequate as Paige, but again, not a standout. She’s pretty wooden during the more mundane scenes, but she was pretty fabulous while being hunted.

That's some impressive acting! And can I add 'ouch'?

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Blake is played by Robert Ri’chard. He doesn’t have anything too big in his past, but he was in four episodes of Veronica Mars as someone named Mason. Sorry, Robert, I don’t remember Mason, but you have got gorgeous eyes. It’s hard to believe I would have forgotten them.

Dalton is played by Jon Abrahams of nothing, as far as I can tell.

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Chad Michael Murray plays Nick. Chad is famous, of course, for One Tree Hill. I think I saw an episode at least six years ago. There was a car crash and a wedding. I didn’t get hooked. And it didn’t make much of an impression, because as far as I know, Chad Michael Murray played One Tree.

But someone out there liked that show, because that show was alive for a long time. It might rival Degrassi, along with Smallville for long-running teen dramas.

I’ve never thought him particularly good looking, in fact, the thing up until this point that I’ve found most interesting about him is that Sterling Knight’s character Chad Dylan Cooper on Sonny With A Chance is a mockery of him.

But he’s all right as Nick. I just read a review by someone who was critical of Chad’s gravitas as a bad boy, but I thought it was fine. Having seen A Cinderella Story and Freaky Friday, I’m probably more familiar with family-friendly Chad than that person was, and yet I bought it. The script was perhaps a little over the top, but I think Chad delivered just fine.

And rounding out the cast is Brian Van Holt as our villain.

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While I have to say that I didn’t recognize him in the movie (maybe it was the black hair, maybe it was my impatience to get back to the twins), Mr. Van Holt has played interesting characters in two of my favorite military movies: he was Struecker in Black Hawk Down and Dunbar in Basic.

If you’ve seen those two movies as many times as I have, those names will mean something to you even if his face doesn’t.

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So, I’m not going to spend much time on House of Wax’s greatness as a horror movie. I thought it was pretty good, and even though it’s not my genre, I have seen a fair number. I’ll just say that I think they really score with the creepiness. The scenes in the church and the movie theater were pretty awesome. And then the magnum opus: the melting of the house of wax. It was all very fun.

House of Wax plays on a number of creepy clichés: Louisiana is creepy, small towns are creepy, wax figures are creepy, conjoined twins are creepy, black and white movies are creepy, organisms kept in glass jars are creepy, people missing half of their face are creepy, incest is creepy (OK, maybe that last one, maybe not that last one), but it works every time. All of those things are just as creepy as they’re supposed to be in this sort of context.

Moving on.

Inner and outer fires

Obviously Nick and Carly are the characters of interest to me. More twins! That makes the last three entries (including this one) about twins. I used to draw the line at twins. Wow, that was a long time ago. Of course, even though twins were in the womb together, fraternal twins are no more closely related genetically than any given sibling pair.

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I’ll start by making some comparisons. I think Carly and Nick of House of Wax are almost a mix between John and Samantha Grimm of Doom and Bethany and Tom Pearson of Aliens in the Attic. I can almost promise you that I’ll do a post on Doom some time around Christmas, because John and Samantha are definitely in the running for my favorite BSI ship ever and while that movie may not get much love from the general public, it’s one of my favorite movies. Spoiler warning for Doom: In Doom, (which is kind of an action movie and kind of a horror movie), everyone dies except for John and Samantha. As the body count grows, it’s just the two of them fighting until they make their escape at the very end.

And then in Aliens in the Attic, we’ve got an annoying brother (from Bethany’s point of view) who is openly hostile toward sis’ boyfriend. In the end, the boyfriend is put on a bus and brother and sister have grown closer while saving the day. That’ll sound pretty familiar if you’ve seen House of Wax.  

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Poor Wade is killed about midway through the movie, but he’s a goner fairly early into the killing part of the movie. As if that wasn’t enough to fortify our pairing, we also say goodbye to everyone else except for Nick and Carly. I always take those kinds of outcomes as an implicit expression of their meant-to-be-togetherness (you know, when it suits me). That’s certainly how I took it with Aliens in the Attic and Doom.

Check out these looks exchanged between Carly and Nick during the first quarter or so of the film. Do we see unresolved tension, or do we see unresolved sexual tension?

Nick and Carly have great tension at the beginning (as do John and Samantha, and Tom and Bethany). Carly is annoyed with him for his bad attitude, but Nick’s behavior toward Carly is a lot more complicated. He’s never really rude to her directly. He’s recently released from jail after having gotten caught boosting a car, and he accuses Carly of being partly responsible for his incarceration. She spoke to the police, and “might have covered” for him. Well, I don’t see any fault on her part.            

Nick seems to communicate with Carly in a secret way, with his eyes. I don’t know what he’s saying, but I choose to believe it’s sexual in nature. Anyway, I’m pretty sure these looks are what put out the “incest vibe” that at least one person picked up on. I guess Chad’s been doing so many lovey-dovey eyes in his career, he doesn’t know how to look at someone who’s supposed to be his sister. Well, that’s our win. Chad majorly fails are portraying the idea that he feels betrayed by Carly. It seems more like he’s teasing her with something bad in her past that isn’t negative for him.

Is Nick pulling a Fiona Coyne? Is his attitude toward Wade indicative of jealousy? Well, it’s possible. When Dalton is waxing crushy on Carly, Nick tells him straight out that even if Carly were into Dalton, Nick wouldn’t permit it. “It’s nothing personal”, he says. Well, Dalton is his best friend, so it looks like Nick doesn’t want Carly with anybody…(but himself, I add). And, Nick, I have to ask: how could it not be personal?

            That all sounds pretty good for our cause, but then we get this crap:

Dalton says, “You like me better than Wade, right?” And then Nick says, “Wade’s not so bad,” even though he’s been treating Wade like shit. And then in probably one of the funniest lines, Dalton does a 180 and admits he rather likes Wade. Well, yeah, Wade’s not so bad, I agree. It’s just common sense; he’s a nice guy.

But, as we soon learn, Nick went to jail because he was covering for Dalton, who was actually the one who stole the car. Are we not in love with him now? Nick doesn’t ever treat Dalton that well (while he’s alive), but apparently that’s just the way he is with friends, because you don’t go to jail for someone you feel lukewarm about. Plus, Nick is so sweet when he finds poor Dalton’s body. He is really, really moved. Dalton is also quite the sweetie himself, underneath his unrefined outer coating. His was definitely the death that I mourned most. Even Carly, who seems to hate being filmed by Dalton, mourns him harder than Wade if you ask me.

So, I posit the theory that even though Nick doesn’t really like Wade, and doesn’t really want Carly with Wade, he’s able to recognize that if Carly is going to be with somebody, it should be a nice guy like Wade. You know, someone who comes close to deserving her. Not someone like Dalton who can’t even steal a car right.

Well, too bad. Wade gets waxed. And then he gets covered in wax. And then his face gets pulled off. And then he gets melted and burned and crushed and I’m pretty sure he was dead at that point, but if not then he definitely suffocated. Bye, Wade! We’ll miss ya. You and Dalton can hang out upstairs.

I like Wade because he likes small towns. He thinks wax museums are cool. And he’s concerned with being kind to others. These are all excellent attributes, especially in a guy with JP’s chest. But the man has no respect for privacy. He enters the wax museum and the town garage even though they were clearly closed just because the doors were open. And then he goes snooping around in the Sinclair (Brian Van Holt’s character’s) house. Talk about no manners! Maybe the small town that he was raised in was a wolf cave.

I won’t waste any time ripping Wade and Carly’s relationship apart because him dying was all of the confirmation we needed that they weren’t meant to be together. It’s like Fiona says: “Boyfriends are temporary. Brothers are forever.” Damn straight, sister! But let me just say that I totally could do it, much better than I could rip apart Declan and Holly J.

            This is why I was so tense during the movie: all of my hopes would have been for naught if either Carly or Nick had died. I was pretty sure that Carly would live, because that’s horror movie tradition. I was much less sure about Nick. Even though I thought it likely after we learned that he took the fall for Dalton, and I thought it even more likely once it came down to just the two of them, I wanted it so badly that I didn’t dare commit myself to actually thinking that that’s what would happen. It was so great, like reliving the first time I watched Doom.

I guess it would just be too sad if one of the siblings died. Too sad for a horror movie. Only zombie movies get away with that sort of stuff.

            There’s also this almost subconscious idea set up that only Nick is worthy of Carly (and not Wade) because only Nick is able to protect her and survive. Of course, Carly carries her own weight and it’s definitely a team effort, but I think that image still establishes itself. It’s part of what reinforces the whole they’re-meant-to-be-because-only-they-live thing.

The final fight with Vincent takes place on a bed…that could mean something. Nick is supine, with Vincent above him trying to stab him. Carly comes up, pulls a knife out of Nick’s leg (ouch) and then stabs Vincent with it. Hmmm…

There’s also this possible twin parallel. Bear with me now: there are two sets of twins in this film. That’s a lot! There’s Carly and Nick, of course. But our villains are both twins: Bo Sinclair (Brian Van Holt’s character) and Vincent Sinclair were conjoined twins when they were born. Their father did a risky operation to separate them, which resulted in Vincent being horribly disfigured. There’s a lot of play with their togetherness and their separation: there is a wax representation of them as conjoined babies, but Vincent, as he’s trying to get into the room, cuts them apart with a knife that he sticks through the wall. Then, as the house of wax is melting, Vincent who is on the second floor, falls through the floor and lands dead on top of Bo’s body in the same position as when they were connected. Like they were being returned to the way they were supposed to be, or something. It was probably just a cool visual, but like I said, bear with me. So, there’s also this idea of Bo being the bad twin and Vincent being the good one, just like Nick and Carly.

Nick thinks about doing a little conjoining with his twin

Well, the way I see it, one set of twins used to be conjoined, and one set will be!

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The shirt off his back

            At one point, Carly ends up getting all dirty. I won’t spoil it for you, but it’s icky, and it’s related to the bad smell. Either she didn’t bring any extra clothes (her pjs would seem to indicate this) or she was simply too impatient to make it back to the camp as she was, because Nick gives his sister the shirt off his back and she accepts it. Well, the wife beater off his back. What a gentleman. She takes it and puts it on. She changes right there in front of everyone (including the creepy road-kill guy and her own brother)! What a lady…not!

Subtext, anyone?

I know she felt gross, but seriously, I think it could have waited for cover of forest. There were trees not five feet behind her. 

It's no surprise that they would advertise the film with this photo

So, basically, she spends the rest of the movie wearing his shirt. Awww… I wish I could say that Nick spends the rest of the movie shirtless, but he’s got other apparel lying around somewhere. I wish that had been stolen like Dalton’s video camera.

            Carly goes through a lot of hell before she reconnects with Nick, but once she does they’re pretty much together for the rest of the movie. Lots of crying and hugs – just the way I like it.

She calls him stubborn, and he gets a pretty good kick out of the fact that he then calls her stubborn later on. It’s a very cute moment even though it seemed a little bit forced/contrived. He’s trying to get her to go, but even a baby would be smart enough to realize that they should stay together.

If she doesn't look happy, it's probably because there's a psychopath trying to kill her and her brother

Unsurprisingly, I didn’t care because he was leaning over her in such a sexy way! That was definitely the hottest moment between them.

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He does it again only a scene or two later. She’s against the car. He puts one hand on the car on one side of her, and the other on the open door, enclosing her. He’s a lot taller, so maybe that’s just what comes natural, but it’s a very possessive stance. It’s usually a seductive position – one sees it done a lot in high school movies/TV shows as the girl is at her locker.

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I swear I'm not high, I'm just overwhelmed!

At the end, she asks if he’s OK (he was stabbed in the leg). He takes her hand, squeezes it, and says, “We’re OK.” Then she settles in against his chest.  

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I think that’s a pretty clear if indirect indication that they’re now a romantic couple.

            Don’t you think?

            What? You disagree?

            OK, fine. “Clear” might be a strong word.

            But it’s good enough for me.

            My recommendations of Hellboy II: The Golden Army, and especially Degrassi Takes Manhattan were a little reserved, but I recommend House of Wax wholeheartedly, with the only qualification being that it is a horror movie in every sense.

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13 Responses to House Of Wax: Dismemberment, Impaling, Paris Hilton, Decapitation, CW Stars, Wax, and Twins!

  1. xr says:

    haha I noticed this too, from miles away. they have so much chemistry, it’s not even funny. but I’m going to laugh anyway, lol.

  2. Twincest says:

    I’d been planning to watch House of Wax before it even came out when I first heard Paris Hilton was in it, but I’m finally gonna get around to watching it now that I know it has possible twincest (and hot twins at that who sort of look alike). The same goes for Doom and Aliens in the Attic, the fact that each of the twins have no one but each other in the end is definitely romantic.

    • Astrid says:

      You’ll love House of Wax. Samantha and John from Doom are top 5 incest-ships for me, and they’re twins so even better. I love Aliens in the Attic, I just thoroughly enjoy that movie, but it’s a bit more of a stretch than the other two. And they’re not twins in that one, she’s a year older, I believe. I hope that doesn’t disappoint you too much. My absolute favorite thing is when you get rid of the love interests in the movie. It almost makes it seem like there’s a secret message about the siblings belonging together The Wizards of Waverly Place movie is a good example of that as well. I haven’t written anything up on the show or the movie, but i will eventually. You don’t need to see the show to watch the movie.

      • Twincest says:

        While twincest is my favorite I love any brother/sister pairing so Aliens in the Attic will be right up my alley. I looked up The Wizards of Waverly Place and there’s a sister and two brothers which sounds really hot especially with the middle sister being Selena Gomez.

        • Astrid says:

          One of the best things about Justin and Alex on Wizards of Waverly Place is just how good-looking Selena Gomez and Justin Henrie are. They just look amazing together. The younger brother is named Max, and even though he’s only two years younger than Alex, he’s treated as very childlike. His stupidity provides a lot of the “comedy” on the show. But in the most recent season he’s been looking a lot older, and behaving a little bit less like a little kid. He’s probably at his best int he movie, ultimately, even though it’s a few years old, just because the movie has a bit of a more serious tone than the show.

  3. Farmant says:

    I know my comment is late but I’d like to say I picked up on it too. It’s how I ended up here in the first place. Things like these make me curious. During the first few minutes of the movie, I wasn’t really paying attention, so during the scenes at the diner I was thinking that Nick (nameless during those times, because I wasn’t paying attention) and Carly were exchanging some “knowing” type of looks. Wade (who was obviously the boyfriend) was very wary of him and Nick wasn’t acting nice to him either (jealousy, perhaps?), and as the scenes wore on (and I was still unfamiliar with the characters) I noticed a lot of looks passed between them, or at least from Nick to Carly. I started thinking perhaps this guy was Carly’s ex or somesuch. The sexual tension was really there, and I wasn’t even looking for it. And that was at VERY start of the movie. Let’s not forget that fanservice scene in which Nick took off his top and offered it to Carly. THE WAY THEY LOOKED AT EACH OTHER, seriously. And again, I reiterate, I wasn’t even paying that much attention (I always get bored when there’s no killing or thrills yet, plus I rewatched it anyways).

    After a while, I figured out that they WERE siblings… and then further I found out they were TWINS. And then… stuff happened. Throughout the film I was subconsciously rooting for Nick and Carly… particularly for him to save Carly once Wade (unintentionally) left her alone for dead. I felt weird for seeing “that” type of vibe in a movie that I just wanted to see for the horror, so went and Google’d to see if others saw the same thing I did. AND HERE YOU ARE. I wasn’t alone. I guess that makes me happy. So thanks for posting this? :D

    • Astrid says:

      Thanks for commenting! You definitely weren’t the only one to pick up on a sort of vibe between Nick and Carly. It’s always very telling to learn what the impressions were of someone who missed the piece of information that they were brother and sister. I’m glad you shared because that was very interesting to me. I’m pretty sure I would have thought they were exes if I hadn’t heard it said that they were twins.

      It’s all very curious.

      Again, thanks for commenting! And I’m glad your search brought you here.

  4. I watched this movie in 2006/2007 and since then I thought that the relationship between the siblings was… curious. Last week I looking for something to watch and saw this movie. I remembered my feelings about the ship and re watched just to be sure and I found out they were actually twins. I went crazy! I just watched again because of the incestuous content and couldn’t be more happier, it was there!
    In the beginning of the movie, the looks exchanged between the twins were… different, (it wasn’t obvious that he was that oh so evil brother that Wade was talking about). So, when I first watched it was already my ship (I don’t like Jared), so right after those eye-sex, I found out they had the same mother. I was a little bit chocked, actually, but i enjoyed. I don’t remember if I liked this stuff in that time, but I remember watching the rest of the movie for different reasons.
    When I watched last week, I could really analyze the relationship, I didn’t remember if he would survive and I was already mourning his death (and for consequence, the death of the ship), but when Wade died my concerns vanished and I was happy again. I was also happy because I could stop ignoring they (Carly/Wade) were a couple, although I loved seeing how Nick hated Wade for no specific reason (which is why I ship Peter/Susan from Chronicles of Narnia in the second movie). I love when the brothers are over protective. I have two brothers and they don’t behave that way at all, which means that they don’t give a shit with whom I go out.
    That scene when Nick calls her stubborn… what was that? I mean, are they aware of what was going on? Was that on purpose? Did they forget they were siblings?
    What I really enjoy is to think about what will happen next. They shared the same “surviving” experience, which certainly wouldn’t happen if they weren’t together. They were the only ones who survived, only they can understand each other’s feeling. It’s something that they can only share with each other, they can only find understanding in each other. I know I’m being repetitive, but I am trying to make a point here. They’ll belong together forever after the massacre. They’re doomed XD
    I think this was the first movie I actually saw things happening between siblings. I read The Mists of Avalon and Arthur/Morgana was obviously my ship, but my downfall was this movie. And just last week I was searching for some information to see if it was only me or there was a incestuous hint. I am happy I did, because it lead me to this blog!
    When I saw the cover (Cersei and Jaime) I already loved you, but when I read your comments you became my favorite anonymous person LOL you write very well and I would love to read your fanfictions if you wrote things I like to read/watch.
    Anyway, I’m sorry for this boring comment, but I had to talk to someone about it. I have some friends who doesn’t care about my preferences, but none who actually joins me in some incest addiction.

    • Astrid says:

      Your comment has made me ridiculously happy. This is exactly the reason why I created this blog! There aren’t a lot of us who ship incest, so it’s really only on the internet that we can connect with other people who do. There are probably a lot of people who would watch House of Wax and think that some of the interactions between Nick and Carly were a little suggestive, but only a few of us would want them to end up together romantically. Before I started the blog, I would watch a movie like that and have crazy shipping feelings, and there was just nothing I could do about them. There might be a fanfic or two to read, but I always enjoyed discussion and commentary more, so I decided to create this place. (Recently I haven’t been as active, but only because I’ve been sort of obsessed and preoccupied with non-incestuous pairings.) It’s hard because we haven’t all seen the same things, but I’m glad we have House of Wax and A Song of Ice and Fire/Game of Thrones in common, at the very least.

      I agree with what you said about Nick and Carly. After this experience that they’ve been through together, which was not only traumatic because of how close they came to being killed, but because they had to spend the whole time worried about the other person, afraid they would lose them, and because they both lost their best friends, and in Carly’s case, her serious boyfriend. Sharing an experience like that creates such a strong bond. I think they would find it hard to connect with other people.

      It’s funny that you mentioned Mists of Avalon. I actually just finished reading it for the first time about a month ago. Arthur and Morgaine are such a tragic tale. I’ve heard of at least three other people who really got into incest shipping after reading that book, and it’s easy to understand why.

      When it comes to incest shipping, I really almost feel like there’s a flip that gets switched. Once you find the right pairing, you’re forever open to incestuous pairings after that point.

      It was a joy to read your comment and to hear from you. I really want to thank you for taking the time to write so much and just to say anything to me at all.

  5. queencest says:

    I remember watching this when it first came out and it really left an impression on my brain! I always remembered that image in my head of Jared’s character getting the hot wax pored on him and then his friend sticking his finger in the side of his newly waxed face! When I re watched it, thanks to your recommendation I noticed how close and what great chemistry Chad and Elisha had that I didn’t notice in my first viewing. I don’t think I realized they were twins either. I loved the whole twin aspect to the film. I always thought there would be a sequel to that show, how it showed them leaving in the ambulance – I guess not :(

  6. anonymous@gmail.com says:

    haha I was looking for old footage from season 2 of the reality tv show amazing race when I found this blog post thingy.(I will let you know how that news is relevant in a minute).it’s pretty funny how you posted this whole thing about how you want the brother and sister to be together in this movie and that seems to be your thing. becuz there is a whole nother level to the incest thing in this movie that you aren’t even aware of. Namely, the fact that Paris Hilton and her boyfriend were named “Blake and Paige.” Blake and Paige were the names of a brother/sister team in the second season of the Amazing Race who seemed…ummm…a bit TOO close. They gave eachother sensual backrubs all the time and at one point during the break period Blake told the host “i want to marry a girl who’s exactly like my sister.” it was so prominent that the blake/paige team was pretty much universally dubbed “team incest” among fans of the show……but not just fans,,they were also referred to as “Team Incest” by two other teams that were competing with them! And so while it is not exactly confirmed, “Blake” and “Paige” are not exactly common names, so the Amazing Race fandom believes that at least one of the 3 writers of this film must be a TAR fan and put those names in there as a reference to “Team Incest.”

    • Astrid says:

      That is a pretty big coincidence! And it’s totally something I would do if I was writing a movie. I didn’t know that about the Amazing Race, so thanks for that info. I’m sure some of my followers will be really interested in that.

      It’s hilarious that some of the other teams referred to Blake and Paige as “team incest”. I can see fans doing it, but other contestants? That’s so funny.

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