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5 freaky wax museums

By: Matt Hickman on Oct. 8, 2013, 2 p.m.
Hollywood Wax Museum

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Hollywood Wax Museum, Hollywood, Calif.

While the wax monsters and murder victims were evicted long ago from Madame Tussauds’ London location, the Hollywood Wax Museum, a decades-old Hollywood Boulevard institution of questionable quality has mercifully managed to keep live actors out of its extensive Chambers of Horrors.

Billing itself as the longest-running wax museum in the United States — still family-run, the museum opened its doors in 1965 — the Hollywood Wax Museum is unabashedly focused on Tinseltown luminaries. Thus this museum’s Chamber of Horrors is all about movie monsters both classic like Frankenstein, Dracula and the Phantom of the Opera, and contemporary like Jason Voorhees (shown here), Freddy Krueger and Leatherface. Plus, on display you’ll find the waxy replica of a lovely lady that you most certainly won’t find at Madame Tussauds: the multi-talented Elvira, Mistress of the Dark!