Jump Scares in House of Wax (2005)

House of Wax (2005) screenshot
House of Wax (2005) screenshot
House of Wax (2005) screenshot
House of Wax (2005) screenshot

See below for the exact times and descriptions of the 16 jump scares in House of Wax, which has a jump scare rating of 4.0.

Jump Scare Rating: House of Wax is full of jump scares especially in the second half and although many are not scary, the frequent use of a jump scare sound effect makes for some quite startling scares.

Synopsis: A group of teens stumble across a small town where the only attraction appears to be a large wax museum.

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Jump Scares: 16 (4 major, 12 minor)

Reviews: IMDb, Rotten Tomatoes

Rating: R

Director: Jaume Collet-Serra

Runtime: 108 minutes

Netflix (US): No

Tags: Slasher, High Jump Scare

WARNING: The jump scare descriptions listed below may contain minor spoilers

Jump Scare Times

00:17:15 – A sound effect plays during a tense scene (although nothing scary happens on screen).

00:19:08 – Wade startles Carly from behind and a sound effect plays.

00:20:56 – Carly suddenly falls down a bank and into a pit.

00:36:32 – Wade bends down to touch what he thinks is a wax dog sculpture but it turns out to be a real dog that barks at him before running away.

00:37:50 – Carly cleans the mirror and in the reflection sees a man watching her.

00:39:50 – Carly hears a knocking noise and turns around to see the deformed wax figure of a housekeeper standing right in front of her.

00:51:56 – Carly turns the headlights on to reveal Bo standing in front of the car.

00:56:40 – Carly breaks an arm off one of the wax figures.

00:58:38 – Bo grabs Carly.

01:10:27 – A wax figure appears at the window startling Nick;.

01:13:36 – Paige turns the light on to reveal Vincent looming over her.

01:15:14 – Paige is stabbed in the foot as a blade comes up through the metal grate she is walking across.

01:16:31 – Vincent opens the car door.

01:16:58 – Vincent throws a spike at Paige.

01:32:03 – Nick grabs Carly as she walks up the stairs.

01:39:44 – A knife blade comes through the wall near Carly.

(Major jump scares in bold)

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1 thought on “Jump Scares in House of Wax (2005)”

  1. A couple random notes from my Viewing Experience™:
    – Went in with an open mind and it still surpassed my expectations. This feels like 2000s horror at its best, a lot of cool campy moments and gritty design. Maybe a little too long, taking quite a while to actually get going, but the destination was worth the journey.
    – GORE PIT
    – Nick and Dalton might be the two most unintentionally (?) gay characters ever put into film. Every scene with them has so much romantic tension. The entire time I was kind of hoping it would end with them as the final survivors and then being like “welp, wanna go kiss?”
    – Paris Hilton is somehow not only a bad actor, but makes every other actor worse when she interacts with them aswell???
    – This movie basically feels like Desert Nightmare: The Movie. If you enjoy House of Wax™ please play Desert Nightmare. It’s literally free and only like 2 hours long. No reason not to.

    Call it a guilty pleasure if you will, but yeah, I had a great time with this.


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