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5 freaky wax museums

By: Matt Hickman on Oct. 8, 2013, 2 p.m.
Criminals Hall of Fame Wax Museum, Hollywood Wax Museum, Madame Tussauds

Photo: Criminals Hall of Fame Wax Museum, Flickr

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They just ... stare at you

Wax museums, both mom-and-pop businesses and corporate behemoths, have long relied on gruesome dioramas to complement their inherent creepiness. Just in time for Halloween, we’ve wrangled up five of the most demented waxworks from across the globe, ranging from the joyously campy to the completely unsettling. Here's a sampling of wax museums where you really don’t want to get locked in overnight. (Text: Matt Hickman)