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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.
"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.
I never thought I'd say this but the Marquis de Sade kind of kills the mood.
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 have a special affection for horror films from the eighties, so I can't disparage Waxwork too much. I found myself just missing this one off and on over the years, and made a point of finally seeing it. Overall, it's a fairly fun and entertaining movie.The special effects and staging range from passable to good, but some scenes--especially the grand battle at the end, feel a little anti-climactic and artificial.
I have to credit Waxwork for having an original premise, though. The concept itself is what kept me interested, as I waited to see what world or scenario each character would find themselves transported to. The whole film plays kind of like an extended version of a…
They'll make a movie about anything now a days.
A great campy premise with questionable execution. It would have been great to see what a large studio with a few licenses of horror icons under it's belt could have done with this premise. The original script had one of the displays being Jason Voorhees (Friday the 13th) but switched it to the Phantom of the Opera for obvious reasons. All things considered though, they filled out the "eighteen of the most evil people who ever lived" with some nice creativity.
The film itself is a mixed bag as it felt like either some parts were rushed or simply directed by someone else. The first 10 or 15 minutes…
I watched this a few days ago and hadn't gotten around to reviewing it yet - essentially: bloody in the most enthralling way (those vampires!), kind of boring and annoying at worst but beautiful and beautifully weird at its best (this goes for the individual characters as well as the plot/visuals). I thought the zombie scene was probably the weakest, and wish it had been replaced with the story behind the Invisible Man putting the gas pump in the woman's face? What? Is that a thing?
Some Terror Tuesday reviews prompted me to write this though: seeing some criticism of the Marquis de Sade scenes, which I felt added some very interesting emotional depth to one of the characters. Scary?…
A story about a group of college age kids who go to a... wax museum... and are killed one by one by the exhibits.
The film is made up from several vignettes as each character steps across a velvet rope and into the story, depicting scenes from Dracula, the Wolfman, and an homage to "Night of the Living Dead".
Waxwork is closer to an anthology with an over-arching story than a 2 hour feature and isn't scary in the slightest, but that only adds B-movie cred. It's an absolute mess, but makes up for any deficiencies with campy charm and a German midget butler.
They don't make films like this any more, I got five on it.
Pretty decent entry into that little spike of horror comedies that came out in the second half of the 80s. The best of that set was probably Fright Night, and this is solid, comparing to stuff like House 2, Vamp and similar. It also made me think of Cabin in the Woods.
The maker was obviously a horror fan. In some scenes, it is playing direct homage to The Mummy (1932) in the music, and there's another scene that is a great homage/copy of Night of the Living Dead.
Forgotten '80s horror comedy in which a bunch of California teens enter a creepy wax museum, only to end up as part of the displays. I haven't seen this flick in years and though it was a lot sillier/more comedic than I remembered, there's some decent old school FX/monster makeup and a decent amount of gore as well. Perfect schlocky entertainment!
Not bad, but underwhelming. It has an original plot and a surprisingly classy cast (Mostly in bit parts), but also a bunch of unlikeable protagonists and a kinda half-assed script with comedy parts that simply don’t work. Then it also suffers from weird editing choices, which in all fairness, often seemed to be the MPAA’s fault.) And the coolest creatures don’t show up until the finale and then we only see a short glimpse of them.
It’s a nice little movie to watch, especially if you are into 80s horror comedies, but you don’t miss that much.
There are still people out there that believe the 1980s was a shit decade for films. Well Waxwork would like to join me in telling you you're a knob.
As I've mentioned before, due to my failing memory I quite often jot things down about films I'm watching for when I review them and I think I jotted down more things about Waxwork than ANY film I've watched since joining Letterboxd. There is just SO MUCH to talk about with this film! I mean, I don't even know where to start or even how to piece this together into a coherent review.
For a start, any film that starts with somebody's head being set on fire in the first minute…
Waxwork run by David Warner which has displays based on horror literary and real-life history which pulls you into its world if you cross the velvet rope. How can that premise not be fun?
First off, let me just say I didn't realize this was a comedy when I sat down to watch Waxwork.
That being said, I didn't really like this movie. It was ugly and mean spirited in a way I am finding difficult to articulate. Just the collection of imagery added together to end up being very off putting to me.
I thought the plot was an interesting idea, failed in execution. The scenes within the works go on a bit longer than they should, among other issues.
I didn't care about any of the characters, and in fact, the main character you are actually made to kind of dislike early in the film prior to the establishment of him as the main protagonist.
I got this paired with its sequel, and I don't think I will watch the sequel.
Definitely not worth hunting for.
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