Waxwork (1988) is an American horror-comedy movie that is 95/97 minutes long and was filmed in 637 S Lucerne Blvd, Los Angeles, California, USA and Los Angeles, California, USA. Waxwork II: Lost in Time (1992) was released four years later and was a delightful success. Director and writer Anthony Hickox (Hellraiser III: Hell on Earth (1992), Prince Valiant (1997), Waxwork II: Lost in Time (1992)) did a fantastic job executing his screenplay. Anthony blended comedy and horror beautifully, and the movie was enjoyable because of that reason, well, and his directorial talent. I did not have many expectations upon hearing about this film as I am not a fan of the majority of wax movies, but this movie changed my mind as it was more than I imagined. The film contains sexual language, graphic violence, zombies, bad language, bloody/gory, suspense, thrills, comedy, creepy wax figure, vampires, werewolf, supernatural power, impalement, and voodoo.
Waxwork revolves around a group of university students visiting a wax museum in a small suburban town. The students saw morbid displays containing characters from horror movies. China Webster (Michelle Johnson - Death Becomes Her (1992), Far and Away (1992), The Glimmer Man (1996)) and Tony crossed the exhibition barrier rope resulting in them entering different pocket worlds. Tony (Dana Ashbrook - Twin Peaks: Fire Walk with Me (1992), Twin Peaks (1990), Return of the Living Dead II (1988)) is being attacked by a werewolf at a cabin while China is being attacked by vampires in a Gothic castle. Students, Mark Loftmore (Zach Galligan - Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990), Gremlins (1984), Waxwork II: Lost in Time (1992)) and Sarah did not have any troubles with the waxwork museum. Fast forward, Inspector Robert (Charles McCaughan - V.I. Warshawski (1991), The Bostonians (1984), Heat and Dust (1983)) realizes that a few of the displays resembles some of the missing people/students. Mark began investigating and found that someone from the museum is the one that killed his grandfather and may be the killer of everyone that is missing. The movie goes on to explaining why the killer is killing and what purpose it serves. I was shocked to learn why 18 lives/soul was needed which made me want to see more as the movie became more interesting.
The film should be viewed with an open mind because it did not make much sense although it is very entertaining with its odd plot. A few of the wax sculptures should not be in the museum as they did not happen before the story in the movie occurred. The gore was overkilled in the vampire scene but was done nicely in other scenes. The visual effects were excellent, and I was astonished at how well it was for a 1980’s movie - better than a few movies made in 2015! The actors did a good job with their performances, but I did see a few wax figures blink and move a tad bit, so improving can be done. Waxwork is a movie that horror fans should see if they have not already.
About Waxwork (1988)
Starring: David Warner, Zach Galligan, John Rhys-Davies, Buckley Norris, Anthony Hickox, Gerry Lively, James D.R. Hickox, Patrick Macnee, Dana Ashbrook, Christopher Bradley, Nelson Welch, Eyal Rimmon, Kim Henderson, J. Kenneth Campbell, Joe Baker, Deborah Foreman, Michelle Johnson, Clare Carey, Carl Thibault, Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Bruce Barlow, Jack David Walker, Joanne Russell, Inger Armour, Irene Olga López, Ann Sophie Noblet, Stephen Rocco Jacques, Charles McCaughan, Paul Badger, Julian Forbes
Director: Anthony Hickox