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Waxwork II: Lost in Time (1992)

 -  Comedy | Fantasy | Horror  -  11 May 1992 (Japan)
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In this sequel, a couple must use a portal through time to defeat evil.

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Mark and Sarah survive to the fire in the wax museum, but Sarah is followed by a severed hand that kills her father. Sarah becomes the prime suspect and goes to trial. Mark and Sarah search evidence to prove her innocence and they go to Sir Wilfred's house. They find a footage prepared by Sir Wilfred with a puzzle based of the Alice and the Looking Glass. They solve the puzzle and find a compass that opens portals through time. They travel to the most different places in time seeking something to help Sarah in her trial in a dangerous journey. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Rated R for comic horror violence, and for language. | See all certifications »
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The same actor who plays the Nazi-obsessed lecturer in the first film, Buckley Norris, plays the Judge in this one. See more »

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As the "hand" strangles the stepfather, you can see in one shot the hand is not on the man's neck, yet he still pretends to be choking. See more »

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[seeing Mark and Scarabus slash and kill several shopping mall zombies]
Zombie Killer #1: Who the hell are they?
Zombie Killer #2: Whoever they are... they're bad!
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Disappointing Follow Up
27 October 2010 | by (New Jersey, USA) – See all my reviews

I enjoyed the original "Waxwork" quite a lot but found Anthony Hickox's 1992 sequel to be a bit of a let down. Zach Galligan returns (though the girl who played his love interest from the first movie has been recast) as the unlikely college aged hero "Mark," who saved his girlfriend "Sarah" from the evil Waxworks at the end of the first movie. Unfortunately one of the exhibits from said Waxwork - a severed zombie hand with a life of its own - follows Sarah home and kills her stepfather with a hammer, so she ends up on trial for his murder. The only way to clear Sarah's name is for her and Mark to use the "portals" again to travel through dimensions and hopefully bring back some evidence that will clear her name.

So far, so good, and "Waxwork II: Lost In Time" starts off well enough, with the characters tripping through a series of quick set pieces inspired by classic horror movies; there's some hilarious bits inspired by "Frankenstein" and "The Haunting" (watch for Bruce Campbell's cameo in this one), and an "Alien" parody that even has a halfway decent looking monster. Unfortunately the film stops cold when both Mark and Sarah end up trapped in a Middle Ages setting, in a segment that takes up the bulk of the movie. Sarah is to be betrothed to the evil count Scarabis, and it takes for-freakin-EVER for Mark to save her from a lot of silly medieval doings. Alexander Godunov (aka "The Big Blonde Russian Guy from Die Hard") is pretty wooden as Scarabis, and I basically sat there the entire time wishing that they would just get out of the Arthurian era already and go back to quickly zipping through various horror movie parodies. If they were going to stick with one "genre" for almost half the movie, they should've used the "Dawn of the Dead" setting that we only see for about thirty seconds as a throwaway joke.

In short "Waxwork II," like its predecessor, has a few laughs and is technically well made but still is not without its faults. The original "Waxwork" had an air of goofy fun about it that seemed natural, but "II" constantly feels like it's trying too hard. "Waxwork II" is inferior to the original film and leans too hard on the "comedy" end of the "Comedy/Horror" equation for me. Still, fans of the original will probably want to give it a spin.

Oh, and by the way, make sure you stick around for the rap song and music video that accompanies the end credits, which you simply have to see to believe.


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