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Wealthy slacker college student Mark, his new girlfriend Sarah, and their friends are invited to a special showing at a mysterious wax museum which displays 18 of the most evil men of all time. After his ex-girlfriend and another friend disappear, Mark becomes suspicous. What he doesn't know is that they have been made a part of the exhibit, by first living out the scene and then being murdered in.
At least a movie in which rich white cishet paternalism vanquishes monsters, magick, non-vanilla sexualities, the apocalypse and everything which is made other by that hegemony's triumph acknowledges the draw and the pull of that which is made-other and repressed upon the behalf of that dully victorious world, an imaginary late 50's/early 60's Golden Age basking in the afterglow of Brand-New U.S. Superpowerdom, defeated yet ever-crafty Fascism, palm trees but also video cassettes, Waxwork knows the kids want werewolves and vampires and mummies and zombies and the Marquis De Sade (who might be a Pirate Also!), but also want to know that these things cannot truly affect them, that they will stay in their prisons of non-existence, and that letting…
"More like Whackswork, cuz this place is whack!!" - dialogue from the unfilmed remake, House Party of Wax starring Kid 'n' Play.
Every time I go to a museum I see people doing things they're not supposed to: taking photos, touching objects, standing over clearly marked "do not cross" lines. I shake my head and obey the rules, and if I was the star of this movie it would be pretty short and dull (man enters wax museum, man appreciates craftsmanship of macabre displays at a respectable distance. man goes home and writes positive review on waxworkd.com)
Pretty fun, playful monster mash with all of your favorites the Universal and Hammer series made popular: Wolfman, Dracula, the Invisible Man, the Mummy, Frankenstein, the Marquis de Sade... wait, what? Way too much Marquis de Sade. If I'm being honest, I'd never heard the phrase "Waxwork" before tonight, I don't think.
Needs more Bobby Briggs.
An overlooked '80's horror gem. Full of that era's cheesy styles, hair, excessive gore (ever seen a guy ripped down the middle like a piece of paper or a mummy step on someone's skull?) and a metric ton of monsters. Teens are duped into entering displays of wax horror figures only to enter into their worlds. The ending that everyone loved so much in The Cabin in the Woods? Well, Waxwork did it first, and better. Dozens and dozens of monsters escape, werewolves, zombies, vampires, mutants, etc. and enter into a full-scale battle royal with what appears to be a bus full of geriatrics from the local retirement home. The middle section sagged slightly but that ending battle was one of the better closing portions of any horror film of that era or any other.
I never thought I'd say this but the Marquis de Sade kind of kills the mood.
Really great and stupidly funny and so weird with the 30-year old high schoolers that David Lynch must have taken some inspiration (and Dana Ashbrook) from this to create Twin Peaks. It kind of falls apart in the final act, but it still has a vampire Fabio whispering the words s t e a k t a r t a r e.
80's cheese opus kicked off Anthony Hickox's career. The story goes he pumped out the script for this in three days after crashing into a producers car, and having no money to pay for damages promised a movie instead. It's kind of all over the place, and for me it's never as good as in its goofy first half hour which hits a horror comedy sweet spot for me. It doesn't skimp on the violence, with a mans head on fire before the one minute mark, a werewolf crushing next buddies head, and various other bits of grand guignol nastiness.
This movie has some problems as other reviewers have pointed out the Marquis De Sade section feels out of place…
I really enjoyed this. The different monsters were pretty cool and used pretty effectively. As a whole it's very similar to Phantasm in a lot of ways but their still very different. Looking forward to part 2.
Kind of a miracle?
There are some confusing elements throughout - like, why does our main character have to be a spoiled rich white kid when nothing about his subsequent arc condemns this or forces him to question this fact? Or is his dead grandfather supposed to be evil, and the film's conclusion a repudiation of his heritage? Not that one can't be spoiled, rich, and white, but the film presents these characteristics as undesirable and unappealing, so what precisely is the takeaway supposed to be here?
Of course, the Marquis de Sade stuff was a little strange (serial killers and movie monsters and...a historical sadist?), but boy was Deborah Foreman's sweaty submission scene incredibly sexy. I'm not entirely sure…
Weird ass pacing and stiff directing doesn't hurt a film that has half a dozen fun pockets.
Evergreen aus der Zeit, als ich jede freie Minute in meiner Lieblingsvideothek verbrachte. Tolle Besetzung, wunderbar getrickst (Bob Keen!), und so bezaubernd wie eh und je.
Quite liked the first act but then got super bored for the final hour. Yawn.
Love this flick so much!
I pre-booked it, I waited patiently, I nostalgically remembered it. I started to worry, what if it wasn't as good as I recalled it to be?
It wasn't as good as I wanted it to be. It wasn't as good as I seem to have made it out to be in my memories of it. I really can't pin point what I was so fond of with it. I know the exact scene/moment in the sequel, but this original clearly didn't live up to my expected memories.
Overacting, kinda lame effects, flat story, flat characters, cheap comedy that never really works for me...
Link to my crosstalk about WAXWORK and WAXWORK II: LOST IN TIME for Daily Grindhouse: dailygrindhouse.com/thewire/vestron-week-waxwork-films-showcase-anthony-hickox-deft-blend-horror-comedy/
Lots of monsters, gore and Zach Galligan, nice to see English character actors slumming it and Bob Keen effects.
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