Waxwork (1988) Movie Review

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Waxwork (1988)

1988 | R | Horror, Comedy
95 minutes / 1h 35min

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Waxwork Plot Synopsis:

A waxwork museum comes to town, and a mysterious man invites some teens to come to a special showing at midnight. Once inside, while viewing different exhibits, the scenes come alive and the viewer is sucked into the story being portrayed.

Waxwork (1988) Review

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.

  • Waxwork Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 7
  • Overall Score: 6.29
  • IMDB: 6.2
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 5.6

About Waxwork 1988

Title: Waxwork
Year: 1988
Runtime: 95 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Comedy
Score: 3.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.14/5 stars from 9,246 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 9,246
MPAA Rating: R
Waxwork Cast Starring: David Warner, Zach Galligan, John Rhys-Davies, Anthony Hickox, Buckley Norris, Patrick Macnee, J. Kenneth Campbell, Michelle Johnson, Dana Ashbrook, James D.R. Hickox, Gerry Lively, Eyal Rimmon, Joe Baker, Kim Henderson, Eric Brown, Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Jack David Walker, Carl Thibault, Bruce Barlow, Dave Elsey, Christopher Bradley, James Lincoln, Steven Santamaria, Irene Olga López, Merle Stronck, Tom MacGreevey, Nelson Welch, Charles McCaughan, Joanne Russell, Inger Armour
Waxwork Writers: NA
Waxwork Director: Anthony Hickox
Production: Vestron Video
Language: English
Country: USA, West Germany, UK