Roger Cobb is a Vietnam vet whose career as a horror novelist has taken a turn for the worse when his son Jimmy mysteriously disappears while visiting his aunt's house. Roger's search for ... See full summary »
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
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Near the beginning of the movie, James and Gemma chicken out of attending the Waxwork tour with their friends and are not mentioned to the staff inside. However, near the end of the film, the butler Junior calls James and tells him to arrive at the Waxwork with Gemma at midnight to meet their friends Mark and Sarah. See more »
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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