Film Flashback – Waxwork


Waxwork (1988) is a film that comes with an interesting pedigree, as it is directed by Anthony Hickox, son of Douglas Hickox who directed the marvellous Theatre of Blood
The plot is simply frothy fun. Teens visit a mysterious waxworks that suddenly appears on their street, not realising that the each exhibit represents the worst of the evil in the world, the Wolfman, Marquis de Sade, Dracula, The Mummy, and that each exhibit is waiting for its final piece.
As the teens “take a closer look” they find themselves within the scenario of each villain and end up unwitting victims. Of course, it’s all deeply supernatural, once all the exhibits are complete, the evil will rise again and take over the world. (BWAHAHAHAHAHA).

This is pure hokum, but served with such fun and good humour that it’s hard to resist. Hickox penned the script himself and clearly had a blast with it, as he comes close to affectionate parody with the Wolfman story et al. There is even a black and white zombie sequence, a clear homage to George Romero’s Night of the Living Dead .
The purest joy is reserved for the casting, with David Warner as the owner of the Waxworks, utilising his normal dry snarl, and Patrick McNee as a “horror historian” who helps young hero Billy, (played by Zach Galligan) defeat Warner and save the world.

Seat of the pants horror, this ain’t. Fun ‘80s popcorn fright flick, hell yes.

This was originally posted on 10th March, 2010 over at The Day Hollywood Stood Still


~ by moviegrrlreviews on May 25, 2010.

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