f you're thinking that House of Wax is going to be one of those predictable teen horror movies, you may be in for a bit of a surprise.

  Says the movie's producer, Joel Silver, "It isn't really a teen horror. It's a smart film and the movie has a different style to it." Silver says the director has played up the intrigue in the film. "It opens with a Blair Witch reality-type story." The movie's star, Elisha Cuthbert, backs Silver up. Speaking of first-time feature film director Jaume Collet-Serra, she says, "His commercials are edgy and fast, they're cut well and the lighting is beautiful. He brought all of that to the movie. I think that's what sets it apart from a teen horror film."

  Silver's latest project is a remake of the 1953 classic 3-D flick that starred the master of horror himself, Vincent Price. Price played a wheelchair-bound professor whose claim to fame was a wax museum with remarkably lifelike figures. His 

Elisha Cuthbert
Chad Michael Murray
Paris Hilton
Jared Padalecki 

Jaume Collet-Serra

A fire started by a candle destroyed the studio where this was being filmed at Warner Bros. Movie World on Australia's Gold Coast.

secret to success? The professor's favorite pastime was coating dead bodies with wax. The updated version of House of Wax still features wax-covered corpses, but the script is otherwise original. The remake follows the horrific adventures of a group of teenagers who cross the path of evil while passing through a small town on the way to a football game.

  And the script isn't the only thing that's original about this movie-the casting selection has resulted in quite a motley crew of characters, to say the least. In addition to Cuthbert, of 24 fame, the film boasts teen heartthrobs Chad Michael Murray and Jared Padalecki, as well as hotel heiress Paris Hilton. Despite Hilton's relative inexperience as an actress, one would guess that Cuthbert and Hilton would be able to find common ground given that the former recently portrayed a porn star in the movie The Girl Next Door, while the latter actress quite accidentally became one (in her infamous x-rated home movie).

  Asked about working with Hilton, Cuthbert is straightforward. She reveals that while she had some initial concerns, she actually had a blast working with The Simple Life star. "I assumed it was going to be [difficult]. I thought, 'Oh my God, what's going to happen?'" she confesses. "I can't say one bad thing about her. She was there on time, she did a great job."

  While Cuthbert is tight-lipped when it comes to slagging her co-stars, she quite literally kept her lips sealed for at least part of the shoot. In true horror flick style, there's a scene where the lips of Cuthbert's character are Super Glued together. At Cuthbert's request, the special effects team sealed her kisser shut because she wanted to try to pull them apart and show that she was trying her best to unlock them.

  Jokes Cuthbert, "I was getting good at sign language."

- Sharmila Jowlabar