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Waxwork (1988)

R  |   |  Comedy, Horror  |  17 June 1988 (USA)
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A wax museum owner uses his horror exhibits to unleash evil on the world.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
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Jack David Walker ...
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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. Written by Ed Sutton <>

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you can step inside the hall of horrors - but dare you pay the price? See more »


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17 June 1988 (USA)  »

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$808,114 (USA)

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In the shooting script, there was supposed to be scene where Mark and Sarah visit James and Gemma after they had decided not to attend the Waxwork tour. The couple are watching Dawn of the Dead (1978) together in James's basement and Gemma unsuccessfully tries to get her boyfriend's attention since it's just the two of them. James isn't in the mood, as he's too caught up into the film, and Gemma sulks by getting a cigarette. Gemma hears a scraping noise on the window. and she switches the TV off to get James's attention. James originally dismisses Gemma's claim as nothing, until he hears the same noise, louder than before. James goes to the window and finds nothing, but is startled when Mark grabs his throat and leaps up screaming like a zombie. James falls to the floor, Mark and Sarah peer up from the window laughing, and James tells them to get lost. James leaves to go to bed, with Gemma shrugging and following after James. It remains unknown if the sequence was ever filmed or simply scripted. See more »


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Gemma: What's happening tonight, guys?
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It's My Party
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A Damn Good Episodic Gorefest
29 March 2004 | by (Santa Cruz, CA) – See all my reviews

There is something about episodic horror movies that I love. Maybe it harkens back to my youth, when I devoured the EC Horror Comics reprints. Something about each individual character having his or her own interesting death always has been a kick ass idea to me. This movie is great. Each character faces his/her own nasty (extremely gory) death scene in different "exhibits" in the wax museum. A darn good time and some seriously great gore FX! Loved it. 8/10

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