We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…
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 disapear, 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.
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.
This movie pays a lot of attention to the #1 rule of film making: More Monsters = More Good.
I'd rather watch a repeat of the oscars red carpet then this again, at least on there they had some creepy wax works walking about with all the plastic stuck to their faces... Kim Novak is a perfect example...look her up!
I must of been at least 14 when I saw this sitting on the video shelf thinking this looks like a good horror. At that time though. I was not allowed to see these kind of films.
They should have placed it in the comedy section...oh my god.....if I had the VHS tape right now, it would be melted down.
What a complete mess from start to finish .
The werewolf: My cat could of scared that beast of…
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…
I found Waxwork surprisingly fun and I regret not having rented it on VHS back in the day when I used to see the box all the time in the video store. Sure, it's not a great movie – it gets kinda repetitive and it falls apart at the end – but you can really tell the writer/director loves horror movies (especially because the movie is dedicated to Hammer, Argento, Romero, Carpenter, Dante etc. in the end credits) and the atmosphere is infectious. I'm sure if I had seen this movie as a kid, I would have loved it.
A group of unlikeable rich, arrogant college students (including Zach Galligan from 'Gremlins') get invited to a midnight showing of a newly opened Waxworks...
This sets up a tongue-in-cheek, cheesy, almost-Anthology. Some segments work well, some don't - but the film is rescued by a great finale.
It's the sort of film that would benefit from a remake (although 'The Cabin in the Woods' has some similarities).
A wax museum owner uses his horror exhibits to unleash evil on the world.
Intended to be a tongue-in-cheek horror spoof, this one is basically silly and quite messy, but has some nasty bits.
Absolutely terrible, but in the best way possible. It's so bad that it's just gloriously entertaining. The ending fight scene should be the stuff of legend. Plus this: s137.photobucket.com/user/Taliesin_ttlg/media/waxwork/waxwork_cbs.jpg.html
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On s'attend avec l'affiche à un festival de monstres anticipant Society mais le film s'inscrit davantage dans un hommage respectueux et très sympathique à la période faste de la Hammer, ponctué de références succinctes à d'autres classiques de l'horreur plus moderne. Le patchwork rappelle aussi The Monster Squad sorti deux ans plus tôt et auquel le dernier acte du film fait largement écho mais c'est Twin Peaks que Waxwork annonce plus étrangement, d'abord avec la présence de Dana Ashbrook en personnage totalement pré-Bobby Brigg et puis avec celle d'un nain à la voix étrange, d'un grand salon vide, d'un majordome géant ou d'une jeune étudiante vierge secrètement sadomasochiste.
Fun trifle of a monster movie. Definite straight to video vibe. Good choice for the season.
One of the most fun and underrated Horror movies of the '80s. A shame how it gets kinda forgotten about because it really is a total blast to watch.
"It's such a small world."
"Well, then why do you want to end it?"
"Somebody has to."
A horror-comedy with its tongue planted firmly in its cheek, Waxwork features monsters aplenty and enough blood and gore to make one nostalgic for a time when those kinds of effects were all done practically. My main beef is that we should have seen more of the werewolf, but I thought the same thing about Cabin in the Woods, which took more than a few pages out of this film's book now that I think about it.
style: "let's make a new movie in 1988 but pretend we're still in 1955."
it's campy and gory! the whole s&m subplot with Sarah was funny. and the ending was great.
"Waxwork" is a silly but mostly enjoyable throwback horror film that harkens back to two of the best era the genre has ever known, the 1930's and 1940's classic monster movie and the 1980's where make-up artists actually crafted special effects rather than putting them together via a computer. It's not a great film, but it is good fun most of the way, showing a healthy respect for the films of the past the way most modern horror films would never dream of doing.
Granted, some of the make-up, especially the werwolf, seem simple and cheap, but they were also clearly lovingly and painstakingly created by the extensive effects team. I'll take that over lazy CGI any day of the…
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