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05/08/2005: Why do I get the feeling that this poll is rigged?

Over at Film Threat, Pete Vonder Haar has just posted his review of House of Wax, in which he characterizes the film:

The unstoppable tide of horror movie remakes rolls on with “House of Wax,” a 21st century updating of the 1953 Vincent Price classic. The latter was itself a remake, which leads me to believe there needs to be some kind of limit on the amount of times you can make the same movie (that’d be bad news for Jane Austen fans). But back to “House of Wax,” which treats audiences to the likes of Chad Michael Murray and Paris Hilton instead of Vincent Price. Lucky us. The movie bears virtually no resemblance to the 1953 film, beyond the title and the act of coating human beings in hot wax. Faithfulness to the source material becomes less and less important the further you get from the original, and I’d say odds are that the teens Warner Bros. are hoping will buy tickets for “House of Wax” have never even heard of its namesake, much less seen it.
But over to the right side of the revew we get a Film Threat Poll:
Pretend like you're actually going to go see "House of Wax". Now, the reason you're going to see it is...

1) I'm a fan of the Vincent Price version and I'm curious to see how this remake holds up.
2) Wax figures give me the creeps.
3) I want to see Paris Hilton die like the pig she is.
Is anyone surprised to learn that the voting is currently at 88% for "3" and probably rising by the minute? (Incidentally, if you'd answer "3" go to Pete's review and then vote in the poll yourself.)

UPDATE: Obviously, Warner Brothers has no illusions about what the selling point for House of Wax is. If this is the way it's being promoted, this may set box office records:

Though this isn't the first time such a gimmick has been used to promote a movie:
"Willard" is a remake of the 1971 film, which was a surprise hit at the box office. My explanation at the time: People had been waiting a long time to see Ernest Borgnine eaten by rats and weren't about to miss the opportunity.
--Roger Ebert
Credit: Mark Ramsey ("MovieJuice Web Diary")

Len on 05.08.05 @ 11:03 AM CST

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