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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.
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 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…
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"What Lincoln has done is to recreate an old scene from each character's life, which becomes like a small time vessel. The whole display is the ghost, not just the figures. He doesn't need to kill any one sacrifice or use spells; he just sits back while the display does it for him."
- Sir Wilfred, WAXWORK
"It's my party
And I'll cry if I want to"
- Lesley Gore, "It's My Party"
Probably the most re-played film in my short history of obsessive film viewing, with its sequel, Waxwork II: Lost in Time, a close second, trailing by one or two viewings where it was too late in the day, and people were too tired, to start the…
Oh my god, the tone of this movie is all over the place. Going in, I thought it was going to be a horror comedy, but it was a really poor effort in both.
Thankfully, they didn't shy away from the gore (a neat death-by-winerack scene) and there were monsters galore. However, I strongly believe that this film used a werewolf test costume from The Howling, probably purchased on the cheap-cheap in some back alley in LA. For cocaine.
John Rhys-Davies is in this movie because John Rhys-Davies gotta eat too.
The only thing worse in a movie than being told that the whole story was just a dream, is being told that if you don't believe in the bad guy then they can't hurt you. This movie does the latter. And that's just lazy writing that nobody has time for.
Waxwork takes its precious time building to an amazing monster mash finale. Loved the jumble of horror mainstays in a gore drenched brawl, but too much turgid exposition and bland point-and-shoot cinematography and cheapo cardboard sets tested my patience a tad. Also not enough rapping.
Mr. Lincoln: You're a Loftmore! Old horror lord's grandchild. Well, well, well, what a coincidence. It's such a small world!
Mark Loftmore: Well, then why do you want to end it?
Mr. Lincoln: Somebody has to.
I think this exchange sums up Waxwork nicely; a film where motive nor logic matters. It pulls various monsters from the Universal vault and loosely ties them together with trope after trope. It's tongue-in-cheek method, though, is appealing. I find myself coming back to this film because of the set pieces, copious gore, and the chaotically rewarding finale.
Essentially the 80's equivalent of The Cabin in the Woods, Waxwork is one of the most fun and criminally underrated and overlooked entries in the genre of horror, its tongue planted very firmly in cheek and featuring an amazing climax.
This doesn't make much sense but it's fun. I'm still not clear on how this all works or why it's all happening.
Bobby from Twin Peaks and Billy from Gremlins take their girlfriends to a wax museum that popped up overnight, on a suburban street, in a mansion... at midnight. I'd personally be a little bugged out by the confrontational way the waxwork guy invites them to his midnight show but that probably only seemed odd to me. These rich kids ignore all warning signs and get sucked into the wax displays then get chased around by famous killers. I'm pretty sure it was all just a horror themed virtual reality theme park ahead of its time. If the Waxwork…
honestly only i watched this because bruce campbell is in the sequel, like that's what i'm really here for, but it was pretty fun so
(also i gave it half a star extra because of the choice in credits song)
Creepy ass horror movie that got to me when I was a kid. It was a story about a group of kids that went to a wax museum after closing time if I can correctly recall. The themes were all cursed, Dracula's theme would transport you to his setting if you stepped inside the velvet rope, Frankenstein's Monster theme puts you inside of Victor Frankenstein's laboratory. The teenagers slowly get picked off one by one...
Most of this movie felt like a bad porn flick with the actual sex scenes cut out.
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recommend shit to me, please! esp. little known sleazy stuff