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.
Runtime: 95 minutes
Release Date 1988-06-17
Tagline: Stop on by and give afterlife a try.
Monster mash-up in wax. Waxwork is written and directed by Anthony Hickox. It stars Zach Galligan, Deborah Foreman, Michelle Johnson, David Warner, Dana Ashbrook, Miles O’Keefe, Patrick Macnee and John Rhys-Davies. Music is by Roger Bellon and cinematography by Gerry Lively. A sort of portmanteau horror film made on a TV standard budget. Plot in simple terms has a bunch of pretty young adults unwisely accept an invite to visit the mysterious new wax museum that has suddenly appeared in town: At midnight! What follows is a number of stories that find members of the group magically transported into the realm of an exhibit, such as werewolf, vampire etc, and end up as part of the exhibit themselves. Can the hero in waiting save the day? It’s a fun homage of a movie, playing very much firmly with tongue in cheek. The presence of some horror stalwarts in the cast is reassuring, and the effects work isn’t half bad. Some of the acting is poor from the younger cast members, and while it’s not hard to forgive a low budgeted movie its failings, it’s still annoying that the actors playing the wax models can’t keep still, while the set nearly falls down at one point. The photography is also too cloudy at times, Gerry Lively’s filters straining for colour ambiance. Still, it’s a decent time filler that’s made with love by a horror fan for horror fans. 5/10