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Waxwork (1988)

 -  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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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 »

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Comedy | Horror

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17 June 1988 (USA)  »

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A Passagem  »

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$808,114 (USA)
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Writer/director Anthony Hickox wrote the screenplay in only 3 days. See more »

Goofs

In the vampire scene, Chyna is in the kitchen with what's supposed to be her fiancé. The fiancé is strapped to the butcher's block with his left leg stripped of flesh and muscle from the knee down so there's nothing but bone. A rat is scene gnawing on the bone causing him pain. Trouble is, all the nerves were stripped away so he shouldn't have been feeling pain. See more »

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Gemma: What's happening tonight, guys?
Tony: Nothing. I gave up drinking.
Sarah Brightman: The third time this month?
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Dedicated to Hammer, Argento, Romero, Dante, Landis, Spielberg, Wells, Carpenter, Mom and Dad, and many more ... See more »

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Featured in Waxwork II: Lost in Time (1992) See more »

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It's My Party
by John Gluck, Herb Wiener, and Wally Gold
Performed by Lesley Gore
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Silly, but not a total waste of time
17 April 2004 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

If you can get through the first half hour of this film, which features bad dialogue and stiff performances, you may just enjoy it.

A small group of spoiled teens (and one nice girl) go into a mysterious wax museum after hours and each succumb to a different, and dangerous, display. John Rhys Davies (long before his now famous "Gimli the Dwarf" days) is here as a tortured, dramatic werewolf. Miles O'Keefe (whom hardcore MST3K fans will have no trouble recognizing) is a hair product dependent Count Dracula, who seduces the rich-bitch of the group into a nasty, bloody, gross-out dinner party. The Nice Girl (Deborah Foreman) is drawn into the S&M world of The Marquis De Sade (as played by the too seldom seen J. Kenneth Campbell) and it is up to the rich boy turned nice guy to save her before she is whipped to death. Once all of the displays are filled, the characters within are unleashed, and it becomes a war within the wax museum as the remaining heroes must now battle the wax monsters and their transformed friends.

All in all, this plays more like a comedy than a horror film, but the violence, when it appears, is so over-the-top that splatter fans won't be too disappointed.

Followed by a pretty good sequel filled with numerous references to classic horror. Worth checking out at least once.


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