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:
Joe Baker ...
Eric Brown ...
Buckley Norris ...
Micah Grant ...
Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros ...
Hans (as Mihaly 'Michu' Mesza)
Jack David Walker ...
Junior (as Jack David Warner)
Nelson Welch ...
Elderly Man


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 <esutton@mindspring.com>

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


Comedy | Horror


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17 June 1988 (USA)  »

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$808,114 (USA)

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Effects artist Bob Keen spent 18 hours a day for 8 weeks working on the monsters in the film. See more »


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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits the song "It's my party" gets interrupted by sounds of boiling wax See more »


References Crimes of Passion (1984) See more »


It's My Party
Performed by Lesley Gore
Courtesy of PolyGram Special Projects a division of PolyGram Records, Inc
Written by John Gluck (uncredited), Herb Wiener (uncredited) and Wally Gold (uncredited)
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A real monster mash
9 November 2010 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Everyone loves a good monster movie, but nowadays they seem to be fewer in numbers and that's a shame. They always make a comeback though like with this year's reboot of 'The Wolf Man.' One thing that's been done a few times, though not always successfully is crossover monster movies, which have been happening since the days of Universal's classic Horror movies. In 1988 director Anthony Hickox came up with his own take on this little slice of the genre, also blending in the old evil wax museum plot. The result is a really entertaining romp that isn't without flaws, but is still a good achievement.

Pros: Performances are good all around, everyone obviously having a good time here. A cool, if somewhat familiar story. Great make-up and special effects that have held up well. Fast-paced. Grand and memorable score. Has a good share of humor. Really good production design. Made with an obvious affection for the kind of movies it's paying tribute to. Awesome set pieces.

Cons: Some dated aspects. Lacking in the scare department. A few cheap looking sets.

Final thoughts: It's such a shame that films like this don't get made anymore. There's a lot more imagination and goods in this film than there is in a lot of mainstream Horror today. A perfect example of a film made with a lot of heart and that can watched again and again.

My rating: 4/5

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