Hey there Los Angeles Fright fans! Time for another Friday Night Frights!

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When my cohort Sebastian O’Brien and I set out to create Friday Night Frights, Los Angeles’ only horror-exclusive screening series, we had just a few simple goals. One of those goals was to get people to re-evaluate certain films. And that’s exactly what we’re doing this Friday with 2005’s House of Wax. For whatever reason – possibly remake fatigue; possibly the gimmicky casting of Paris Hilton – Wax was dismissed wholesale by most horror fans, who either didn’t bother seeing it or watched it with only half engagement. But Wax is brutal fucking fun and one of the best directed horror films in recent years, with Jaume Collet-Serra slyly flexing his director muscles throughout, until unleashing a wildly impressive and inventive climactic set-piece in which our heroes struggle through a melting wax building, attempting to avoid sinking into the hot gook. (I think the film is worth watching just for the final battle alone). And though the idea at the time was to revel in the demise of Paris Hilton, now I think 24 fans will probably gain more sadistic catharsis from seeing Elisha Cuthbert put through some serious abuse.

House of Wax is destined to be re-discovered someday. So come melt with us and get ahead of the curve this Friday July 27 @ midnight.

Quoth the FNF power blurb:

This is indeed the House Of Wax remake featuring the hype-laden, gruesome on-screen demise (spoiler!) of gossip rag celebrity extraordinaire Paris Hilton — but that’s just the tip of the viscous, melting iceberg, for this twisted re-imagining of the 1950s Vincent Price frightfest delivers a wet, viscous punch that’ll leave fans of oily classics like Slither and the ‘80s version of The Blob thirsty for more. Director Jaume Collett-Serra (who would later go on to direct the also-great, also-crazy Orphan) more than delivers on the ick factor, with not only victims encased in wax — but an entire creaky, leaky mansion also constructed entirely out of the stuff. This is a full House of great kills, production design and gooey bucketfulls of imagination, all leading up to a body-melting climax for the ages. We’re giving this House a new lease — on death!

Check out our original trailer!

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I feel like this is fairly obvious, yet it apparently could stand to be more obvious: This screening is happening in Los Angeles.

As always I am giving away some free tickets (each with a +1). To enter all you need to do is send an email to wormmiller@gmail.com with WAX in the subject line. Include your full name. I will only be contacting the winners.

Good hunting!