Nightmare in Wax (1969)

USA, 1966
35mm, “color by Pathé”, 1.85:1
mono, English

An American horror film directed by Bud Townsend and starring Cameron Mitchell.

Plot Summary

The disfigured owner of a wax museum commits murders and uses his victims' bodies as exhibits.


* = uncredited

Directed by: Bud Townsend
© MCMLXIX [] A&E Film Corporation
Crown International Pictures corporation presents a co-production of Paragon International Pictures Inc and Productions Enterprises Inc
Executive Producers: Rex Carlton and Herbert Sussan
Producers: Herbert Sussan and Martin B. Cohen
Associate Producer: William Martin
Written by: Rex Carlton
Director of Photography: Glenn Smith
Film Editor: Leonard Kwit
Music Supervision: Igo Kantor
Sound Supervisor: Robert Deitz
Mr. [Cameron] Mitchell's Wardrobe: Sy Devore
Make-up Supervision: Martin Vernaux [real name: Martin Varno]
Hair Styles by: Lee Davis
Set Decorator: James Freiberg *
Locations: Movieland Wax Museum, Buena Park, California, USA

Cameron Mitchell (Vincent Renard)
Anne Helm (Marie Morgan)
Scott Brady (Detective Haskell)
Berry Kroeger (Max Black)
Victoria Carroll (Theresa (go-go dancer))
Phillip Baird (Tony Deen)
Hollis Morrison (Nick (the tour guide))
Johnny Cardos (Detective Sergeant Bud Carver)
James Forrest (Alfred Herman)
The T-Bones
The Gazzari Dancers featuring Rini Martin
Virgil Frye (Ralph Tenier)
Mercedes Alberti (Stella Costello)
Barry Donohue (Leslie)
Ingrid Dittmar|Ingrid Dittman (secretary))
Maria Polo|Marie Polo (nurse)
Lucio Pineda (Black's chauffeur)
Kent Osborne (bartender)

Alternative Titles

Crimes in the Wax Museum
O drakos tou kerinou mouseiou
– Greece
– Finland
Il mostro del museo delle cere
– Italy
– Sweden
To teras tou kerinou mouseiou
– Greece re-release title
Das Wachsfigurenkabinett des Grauens
– West Germany

See also
House of Wax (1953)
How to Make a Monster (1958)



  • Castle of Frankenstein no.20 p.41


  • The Aurum Film Encyclopedia: Horror by Phil Hardy (ed.) p.210
  • Feature Films, 1960-1969: A Filmography of English-language and Major Foreign-language United States Releases by Harris M. Lentz III p.319
  • Horror and Science Fiction Films II by Donald C. Willis p.283
  • Kine & TV Year Book 1971 p.113
  • by Walt Lee p.337 – credits
  • Sixties Shockers by Mark Clark and Bryan Senn pp.313-314
  • Unsung Horrors by Eric McNaughton & Darrell Buxton (eds) pp.396-397 – illustrated review (by Kevin Nickelson)