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18 out of 22 people found the following review useful:

Ah.... the good old days..

10/10
Author: Daren Wheeler (darenwheeler@yahoo.com) from Southampton, England
26 November 2005

The good old days, when horror didn't have to be a) Ironic b) Overtly gory or c) Pychologically damaging. The good old days when a horror movie could make you laugh out loud at it's plain stupidity and low budget. In fact if it didn't say 1992 on the label you'd swear this was a vintage 80's comedy horror. This is a film that revels in it's low budget; in fact it doesn't so much revel it basks in it, bathes in it even.. Yes the acting is suspect but then I'd be worried if it was up for acting awards. The tongue is firmly stuck in the cheek. In short, Lost In Time is fun. It won't cure cancer, it won't win Oscars but it'll make you laugh and it'll take you back to a time when horror could be fun. Ask yourself, when was the last time Horror did that intentionally? 8/10 And a special mention for director Anthony Hickox. Just why isn't he doing bigger films?

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12 out of 14 people found the following review useful:

A Great Homage Flick

8/10
Author: Gislef from Iowa City, IA
18 January 1999

Waxwork II pays homage to so many genres of horror that half the fun is watching them and trying to catch what's going on. The plot isn't much, but there's lots of laughs mixed in (particularly Bruce Campbell, in the Hell House segment). There's a real sense that the producers and writer are having fun with a concept that really didn't need a sequel in the first place, so they said the heck with it and decided to do whatever they felt like.

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9 out of 9 people found the following review useful:

SERIOUS FUN

9/10
Author: tomaxxamot from Portland, OR
27 June 2004

If you don't have a sense of humor or an appreciation for classic horror you won't like this film. It's a montage of homage that is devoted to capturing the pace, direction style, acting style, dialogue etc. of such films as Alien, The Haunting, Dawn of The Dead, Nosferatu on a relatively low budget. The pared down scenes accentuate the spoof sentiment and remind us why horror is fun. Take the Alien scene, hard talking', pulse rifle carrying space marines complete with transmission samples as background juxtaposed to the reefer madness-esque black and white, highly stylized scene of The Haunting. Battling evil can be funny and Bruce Campbell's cameo, as well as others, lends support. If nothing else, it's a treasure hunt for horror genre fans.

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8 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Back to the Past

5/10
Author: Claudio Carvalho from Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
5 March 2014

Mark (Zach Galligan) and Sarah (Monika Schnarre) survive to the fire in the wax museum, but Sarah is followed by a severed hand that kills her alcoholic stepfather. 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.

"Waxwork II: Lost in Time" is the sequel of "Waxwork" without Deborah Foreman that turned the offer down and was replaced by Monika Schnarre in the role of Sarah. Zach Galligan is also different from the original clumsy and rich Mark. The movie pays a tribute to several horror movies and entertains but it is silly and does not work well in many parts. The conclusion is a rip-off "Back to the Future" and does not make much sense that Sarah comes back to the present days to clear her name and return to the past to stay with Mark. My vote is five.

Title (Brazil): "Waxwork II - Perdidos no Tempo" ("Waxwork II: Lost in Time")

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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Disappointing Follow Up

4/10
Author: MetalGeek from New Jersey, USA
27 October 2010

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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7 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

Great fun to be had as it goes from one story to another.

8/10
Author: Aaron1375
5 July 2005

This movie follows a guy and gal through their adventures in a realm where good is constantly fighting evil and it seems to take the form of old horror movies for the most part. There is a lot of fun to be had as they go into this mirror world in search of the means to prove the girl's innocence from a bizarre murder. They first enter a sort of Frankenstien story and this one is pretty good, then they separate and the female goes into an Alien type movie, which I found to be sort of weak, but the guy goes into the highlight for me, an old haunted house tale with a very funny Bruce Campbell. The scene with the salt and lemon juice had me laughing good. Then it wraps up with the longest of the stories one in a medieval era with a crazed psycho trying to take power through strange means. This one runs a little long, but it has another great set of scenes as our hero battles the villain through several worlds. This movie has a great combo of horror, comedy and action and is a very good B movie.

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Ridiculously Good

8/10
Author: guzzil80 from United States
31 December 2010

I can't believe that there are any users who take life so seriously as to give this movie a bad review. Don't listen to the naysayers! Awesome cameos by cult favorites like Bruce Campbell, Drew Barrymore, and David Carradine. This movie tackles multiple genres in irreverent and entertaining style. In my opinion this is better than the original, although Sarah in the original movie was much cuter. If your idea of a good start to a Sunday is eating Grape Nuts, taking a jog, and then coming home to button up and put on a tie on your day off stay away. Otherwise, grab yourself drink, a snack, skip the shower, and be a bum with this flick. Perfect.

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6 out of 8 people found the following review useful:

* * * out of 4.

Author: Brandon L. Sites (brandonsites1981@yahoo.com) from USA
9 August 2002

Sharply written & original sequel has the two survivors from the first film traveling back in time to prove that the heroine from the first film did not kill her father, but that a demonic hand did. While, in the past they run into a warlock who has the ability to change his appearance. Fast paced, stylish, and exciting sequel with some rather good moments and plenty of homage to classic horror movies. An improvement over the original film.

Rated R; Violence and Profanity.

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Amusing silliness...

6/10
Author: Rob_Taylor
18 September 2005

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Waxworks 2 doesn't pretend to be anything other than what it is. A comic parody of horror movies. If you haven't got that by the time the crawling hand picks up the hammer, then you ain't gonna like this movie.

Not that the movie is great, by any stretch of the imagination. The type of humour is a little too dated to bring much more than smiles. But it does entertain.

Throw in cameo performances from a host of well-known stars (well..they're well-known now, anyway) and you have a pleasant enough way to spend an evening.

In fact, playing spot the jobbing actor is a good way to look at this movie, if you aren't certain it's for you. With the likes of Bruce Campbell, David Carradine and Marina Sirtis all popping up at one point or another, there's no shortage of faces on display that even a non-filmy will recognize.

The highlight of the movie is the final showdown between hero and villain, where they clash swords across a number of "dimensions", all of which are parodies of well-known movies, with a number of obvious, but well-done gags thrown in at the appropriate point.

It's not a movie you'll bring out of the TV cabinet again and again to watch, but it's fun enough for a single viewing.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

Delightfully silly sequel to the enjoyable original

8/10
Author: Woodyanders (Woodyanders@aol.com) from The Last New Jersey Drive-In on the Left
14 March 2012

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

Writer/director Anthony Hickox cheerfully throws logic, basic sense, and seriousness completely to the wind in this gloriously asinine sequel which finds lone survivors Mark (affable Zach Gilligan) and Sarah (winningly played with considerable spunky charm by the gorgeous Monika Schnarre) traveling through a time portal and getting thrust into a crazy alternate universe where the forces of good and evil battle it out for all eternity. Cranking up the blithely dippy black humor to the gut-busting ninth degree, laying on a handy helping of graphic gore, and paying merry homage to a slew of classic horror items that include "Alien," "The Haunting," "Frankenstein," "Nosferatu," "Godzilla," and "Dawn of the Dead," Hickox takes the viewer on a giddy fantasy adventure that's admittedly cheesy as all hell, but still quite funny and entertaining thanks to its boundless energy and all-out unapologetic stupidity. Alexander Godunov has a ball as wicked black arts practitioner Scarabis, Martin Kemp does well as Baron Frankenstein, and Michael Des Barres is a slimy treat as effeminate baddie George. Popping up in nifty bits are Bruce Campbell (in stellar spirited deadpan form and sporting a nasty open chest wound), David Carradine, Patrick Macnee (briefly back as the jolly Sir Wilfred), John Ireland (in his last movie role as King Arthur), Drew Barrymore, and George "Buck" Flower (who gets killed by a lethal disembodied hand!). The ending credits rap song and accompanying video is simply sidesplitting. Gerry Lively's polished cinematography gives the picture a crisp high-gloss look. Steve Schiff's neatly varied and robust score does the thrilling and flavorful trick. Tremendous goofy fun.

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