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Waxwork (1988)

 -  Comedy | Fantasy | 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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18 wax horror exhibits are seen, including: - Count Dracula - the Phantom of the Opera - a witch - the Marquis De Sade - a werewolf - a mummy - a voodoo priest - a zombie - an urban legend killer (an axe murderer) - the Invisible Man - Frankenstein's monster - an Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) pod - a demonic baby (from It's Alive (1974)) - an alien creature - a "cobra-man" circus freak - Jack the Ripper - Mr. Hyde - and a golem. See more »

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In the werewolf scene, when the hunters arrive to kill the werewolf, the young one hands the older one a box containing 3 silver bullets. The older hunter drops the bullets and as he is bending down, we see all 3 on the ground. A few minutes later the older hunter loads a silver bullet and shoots the werewolf. We then see Tony beginning to change. The older hunter kneels down to get another bullet and we see 3 intact bullets on the ground. See more »

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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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