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1 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

i think dictators are the bad people.they have the shouting voices and the small moustaches

4/10
Author: disdressed12 from Canada
29 November 2008

this is one bizarre movie.it's sick and twisted and perverse.and it has to be dun tongue in cheek.there's just no way this was s opposed to be a serious movie.i guess you could call it a black comedy/horror-if you really wanted to.most of the movie is atrocious,including the very hammy overacting,the even worse dialogue and the even worse than that script.yet it is oddly(very oddly,)entertaining at points,and very boring at others.it's between 95 and 97 minutes,depending on whether you watch the rated or unrated edition,not including credits.the one positive thing about this movie is that the makeup effects weren't half bad.still,i'm glad it ended when it did.i don't think i could've taken anymore inane dialogue.the most i ca give this thing is a 4/10,for it's entertaining moments.

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0 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Pathetically poor gore-filled horror film

Author: Arne Andersen (aandersen@landmarkcollege.org) from Putney, VT
22 July 2004

WAXWORK does have one distinction - it contains the stupidest looking werewolf I've ever seen- more resembling a deranged pekingese than any member of the canine family. It is also a grade z attempt at a horror film.

Everything about this production is sub-awful. Lousy acting from everyone on board, awful script that consistently makes no sense, dumb direction, cheesy sets, and the editing seems to have been done with a hatchet. It is full of blood and gore and disgusting sequences - the worst of which occurs in the Dracula sequence. The make-up attempts to recreate famous monsters is so bad I would imagine high school students could have done a better job. There is however one saving grace - Miles O'Keeffe as Dracula - out of all this mediocrity this stunningly beautiful face with bone structure for days rises up and with a few seductive, breathy and well accented lines, becomes the only thing worth looking at in the entire film. I saw the full version and wish I hadn't. Avoid this piece of schlock - it's revolting and disgusting.

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0 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

pretty good????

Author: mikemck1990 (mikemck1990@aol.com) from pembroke mass
4 May 2003

This movie was somewhat good but I hated it it was better than some movies I mean the special effects were also pretty good I really would not recommend this to anyone and give it a 2/5

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0 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Waste of time.

Author: sketchy (j6524@hotmail.com) from pembrokemassachusetts.
24 December 2002

I did not like this. Sure, there has been much worse, but there was nothing that good about this movie except for the special make-up effects, witch were quite good. The cast was also decent, but the rest of this movie was way to slow and has poor lighting, (there was not a single light in this movie that burned more than 10 watts.)And the music and the finale were quite weak. Passable at best.

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0 out of 3 people found the following review useful:

Could have been better, but no, it just HAD to be made like this!

1/10
Author: Jusenkyo_no_Pikachu from Cyberspace
6 June 2002

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Warning: this review MAY CONTAIN SPOILERS. But there's a good chance you're not going to want to see it anyhow.

This is a boring movie. Exactly why one of the characters had to find a doorway out of a waxwork is beyond me because it would at least have ended the movie quicker.

What happens is a magician invites six teens to his wax museum, which houses waxworks of scenes from famed horror films like "Dracula", "Frankenstein", "The Wolfman", "Return of the Living Dead" and...........*drum roll*..........."Little Shop of Horrors". The scenes have one character missing and the teens are able to enter the waxworks. For each waxwork, there is a sequence based on the lead-up to whatever the waxwork represented. At the end of each sequence, the waxwork is completed (using a nice edit that is the only thing I can applaud in this movie). With that premise, the film could have been A LOT better

Unfortunately, one of the waxworks is, as I mentioned, based on "Return of the living Dead" or some other zombie movie, and there is only one thing you can do when faced with a horde of zombies. Pity. This movie could have been over a lot quicker.

As you've gathered from the above review, this movie was a disappointment and not worth wasting the $4 on in the rental store

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1 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Fun

Author: Michael_Elliott from Louisville, KY
14 March 2008

Waxwork (1988)

** 1/2 (out of 4)

Most horror fans growing up during the 1980's were too young to check their favorite slashers out on the big screen so those weekend trips to the rental house is where he got our entertainment. The 80's was a blessing and a curse for horror fans because while there were some classic films these here opened the floodgates to some of the worst films ever made, which usually went straight to video. Some of the straight to video stuff was actually pretty good but most of the time they were simply forgotten.

I first stumbled upon Waxwork on Cinemax, which was a horror fiends best friend. I had heard that this was a very good, old fashioned horror film that had all of the good stuff. I don't believe the film ever got a theatrical release, although some claim that it did. Either way, this is the perfect example of a film finding its core audience on video and cable showings. Fourteen years after being made Waxwork has built a huge cult following. Of course, since there were fans producer's got the idea for a sequel, which happened six years later in Waxwork 2: Lost in Time.

In the first film a group of teenagers are invited to a special midnight screening of a new wax museum being hosted by Mr. Lincoln (David Warner). The six friends show up and immediately split up to look at the exhibits. These aren't your typical Vincent Price wax figures though, each one tells a different story of death and murder and when the guests cross the ropes they are transported to the strange and deadly world, which the exhibits showed.

Tony (Dana Ashbrook) crosses the ropes and enters the world of werewolves. The slut China (Michele Johnson) gets her wishes granted when she is thrown into a beautiful castle with a beautiful man but unfortunately this man turns out to be Count Dracula himself. When the two don't show up at school the next day their friends decide to go to the police who turn out to be no help at all. So, with nothing left to lose they travel back to the wax museum where more horror stories come to life.

Waxwork is a decent little chiller, which certainly deserves the cult following its gotten over the past decade or so. The film is far from perfect but God knows the horror community has had to suffer through a lot worse. While there are some bad things in the film the good outweigh them, which makes the film worth viewing. The best thing about the movie is the short stories that deal with the characters going back to deal with various monsters ranging from vampires, werewolves, mummies and even the living dead. These segments are very short, which is a good thing because they leave the story behind and get down to the action, which is delivered in good gory fun.

Another good aspect is the actual effects, which are pretty damn good especially considering the budget of the film. The werewolf transformation, while not in the same league as The Howling, is still very good looking. The best sequence is the one dealing with the mummy, which is full of wonderful atmosphere and a good little chill as the mummy comes to life. The one bad thing about the movie is all the time spent outside the wax museum. The very stupid plot about the investigation is useless, boring and takes away from all the fun. Had the film been trimmed by ten or fifteen minutes Waxwork would have been a lot better.

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0 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Someone wake me when it's over....

3/10
Author: keith7198 from United States
15 August 2006

Sigh, OK let me be blunt...this is a movie that only a strict horror movie fan would watch and a movie that only a drunk horror movie fan could enjoy.

The concept and idea is decent but the film's overall plot is so absurd that by the end of the film, if you are still awake, you are squirming in your seat hoping none of your friends find out you watched it.

The movie starts with a good setup and heads in the right direction. But it doesn't take long until it finds itself so over-the-top that it is insulting. The audience is left shaking their heads at some of the poor acting and silly dialog. While gore fans will be pleased by some of the effects, that isn't enough to make it a decent horror film. The ending is so absurd that it takes a real trooper to keep from turning it off.

There is nothing scary, nothing interesting, nothing entertaining about the film. It to poorly written, toooo silly (unintentionaly), and toooo much of a waste of time to recommend.

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0 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

Waxwork Does Not Work.

1/10
Author: phillafella from Nashville, TN
12 July 2003

Unwatchable horror flick about a group of teens who are invited to a wax museum and are viciously attacked by monsters is just as dumb as the other B-horror movies. A wasted cast and an unsatisfying premise are enough to make this movie extremely pretentious. Very typical and totally empty. A movie that's not worth watching and should be avoided like the plague.

0 out of 5

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0 out of 4 people found the following review useful:

* out of 4.

Author: Brandon L. Sites (brandonsites1981@yahoo.com) from USA
1 June 2002

Teenagers invited to a special midnight showing of a mysterious wax museum find out that once then they enter whatever the exhibit displays, that they are thrusted into another world where they are forced to act out the exhibits and battle for their lives. Stupid, loud horror film with unsympathetic characters and an illogical finale.

Unrated; Extreme Graphic Violence, Sexual Situations and Profanity.

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1 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

Dumb. Avoid it.

Author: brandon sites (bigpappa1@spinfinder.com) from usa
26 June 2000

A group of high school students are invited to attend a midnight showing at a wax musuem. But once you enter the exhabits, there is no way out, because the exhabits are really bloodthristy monsters. A rather nasty horror film, with annoying characters and an overbearing score. The ending is really something too; dumb, and stupid, like the rest of this film. Rating: 4/10

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