I have so many fond memories of films my brother and I would watch together. We both had very similar tastes back then in movies and would spend hours going to the local mom and pop video stores to find the zaniest of films to watch. Odyssey Video, Starburst Video, and Mammoth Video were our favorite stops, although Meijer would also stock a very cheap section with many hard to find films.
Today’s film, along with a few of the others that I’ve re-watched for this blog, was one of those films that we loved. Anytime werewolves, vampires, and mummy’s were in a film together, I particularly would sit down in my favorite seat and watch it repeatedly.
As I’ve said before, I must never return to films that I loved as a child, because I usually see how horribly produced those films actually were. Was today’s film the exception to the norm?
31 Days of Howl-oween
A Review of Films Filled with Frights
~ Waxwork ~
Director: Anthony Hickox
Cast: Zach Galligan, David Warner, John Rhys-Davies, Patrick Macnee, Deborah Foreman
Country: United States
Specs: 95 mins. / Color / OAR 1.85:1 / MPAA Rating: R
During a visit by a group of teens to a new wax museum in their neighborhood, two of them mysteriously disappear. The remaining members, Mark (Galligan) and Sarah (Foreman) realize something is amiss, and when Mark’s godfather Wilfred (Macnee) explains the satanic ritualistic intentions of the museums owner (Warner), they devise a plan to destroy the museum, and its owner with it.
IMDB lists that the script was written in 3 days, and boy does it feel like it. This film has some of the worst dialogue ever written in the pages of a major motion picture. The poor actors who had to deliver this horrendous stuff surely took the job for the money.
The story to this film is little more than a series of anthologies. Attempting to make rhyme or reason to the characters, their actions, anything regarding plot motivators, and the purpose behind this film will leave you scratching your head till sores develop.
There are very memorable scenes, particularly the excellent John Rys Davies short, that convince the viewer that the film is about to get better. Sadly, they are quickly followed by scenes as banal as the vampire dining scene and the horrible delivery by the count himself. I wanted to step into the film, the way they do the exhibits in the film, and stake Dracula myself.
The film features violent gore that serves little purpose than to be gratuitous, along with the very out of place, forced even, foul language.
The only redeeming part to this snooze fest was the homages to the classic Universal Horror monsters. That and some of the costuming was rather impressive.
Vincent Price, you are owed an apology, dear sir.
My Rating: ** / D-
Available on Amazon: Waxwork / Waxwork II – Lost in Time
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on Amazon Video on Demand: Waxwork I