Waxwork 1988 R CC

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In this horror film, an evil magician creates a wax display of famous monsters and murderers and invites a group of unsuspecting young college students to view the collection. However, when the kids are trapped in the deadly displays, one-by-one they soon discover that the wax models are more than they appear to be.

Starring:
Zach Galligan, Jennifer Bassey
Runtime:
1 hour 38 minutes

Waxwork

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Product Details

Genres Comedy, Horror
Director Anthony Hickox
Starring Zach Galligan, Jennifer Bassey
Supporting actors Joe Baker, Deborah Foreman, Michelle Johnson, David Warner, Eric Brown, Clare Carey, Buckley Norris, Dana Ashbrook, Micah Grant, Mihaly 'Michu' Meszaros, Jack David Walker, John Rhys-Davies, Nelson Welch, Miles O'Keeffe, Christopher Bradley, Irene Olga López, Charles McCaughan, Julian Forbes
Studio Lionsgate
MPAA rating R (Restricted)
Captions and subtitles English Details
Rental rights 24 hour viewing period. Details
Purchase rights Stream instantly and download to 2 locations Details
Format Amazon Instant Video (streaming online video and digital download)

Customer Reviews

I also like the fact that it is totally an 80's movie!
Holly Billick
A closer look can prove to be fatal for whatever unsuspecting person enters the exhibit and is taken to the scene that is displayed.
Yui Hongo
The cinematography is very good and so is the art design.
"suddensea"

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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Whitney on July 5, 2001
Format: VHS Tape
First off, if you don't like horror movies, or just 80's movies in general, you're not going to like this one at all. But if you do, you MUST see this, becuase it is essential to any horror buff's collection. The plot centers around an Anytown,USA type place that suddenly has a local Waxwork mueseum. While walking to school Deborah Foreman and Michelle Johnson are invited to a private showing of the waxwork by the owner himself. Thus, the girls invite Zach Galligan and a few other friends from college to come along. It turns out that the waxwork specializes in murder scenes, and if you get close enough to an exhibit, you will be transformed into its world. That is how Dana Ashbrook meets and becomes a wolfman,and how Michelle Johnson gets a kiss from Dracula. Other classic villains shown; Marquis De Sade, the Mummy, and some zombies a la Night of the Living Dead. It is up to Zach Galligan to unearth some secrets about his family that will help him destroy the Waxwork and its evil owner. My favorite aspects of this movie: the fact that it is made in the 80's, giving it an automatic layer of cheese...Deborah Foreman's performance, as the stereotypical "nice girl," (though her character in April Fool's Day was much more convincing and entertaining)...and the way the director not only pays homage to horror classic, but also the way he pokes fun at it. I'm not completely sure he did this on purpose, but certain scenes involving Dana Ashbrook's character and the local sherriff suggest that the tone of the film was meant to be both comedic and horrific. Even though the movie is not completely brilliant or polished, it still provides entertainment to a certain audience who typically enjoys these kinds of flicks. P.S. Don't bother with the sequel.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Yui Hongo on May 7, 2000
Format: VHS Tape
I saw this movie for the first time a long time ago and it was easily one of my favorite horror movies. So recently, I decided to go back and see it again just to see if I still liked it which I did. I still enjoyed the humor, the story, the characters, and the gore.
The movie itself is about a wax musuem that displays some of the most evil men/creatures to have ever existed such as a vampire, a werewolf, a mummy, and so forth. They appear to be harmless wax figures, most of which are missing victims. A closer look can prove to be fatal for whatever unsuspecting person enters the exhibit and is taken to the scene that is displayed. When all of the exhibits on display have claimed a victim then the creatures in the display will come to life and wreck havoc on the world.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on August 26, 1999
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Waxwork is arguably one of the most entertaining horror films of all time, and if it isn't a cult classic, it should be. I'm ashamed to say how may times I've seen it. The premise (teenagers and rich eccentrics vs. soul-sucking wax exhibits) is thoroughly original, the horror and gore are intense, and the characters, while not exactly of profound depth, are entertaining. If you're searching for art-house cynicism and soul-searching, you won't find it here. But if you're just out for a hellishly good time, no questions asked, then Waxwork will definitely deliver the goods. Standouts: The vile Marquis de Sade, the seductive Dracula, and the gently sarcastic Sir Wilfred.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Jose Lopez on November 27, 2010
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I remember seeing Waxwork as a kid and I liked it then and like it somewhat now,it is lacking in many things but fun in others,Part 2 I didn't see until now And It seems a bigger spoof and less entertaining,Overall 2 Corny Movies, but the Sequel Is the Worst.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Michael Bennett on March 16, 2000
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Waxwork is a suspenseful and deceptive movie about a evil magician and a wax museum displaying famouse monsters like Dracula, The Mummy, The Invisible Man, Jack the Ripper etc. But there's one thing wrong with them, their missing a victim. When some college students are invited to see them after midnight one by one they start to disappaer and the waxworks become more complete. Only a few of them escape before their captured and then they discover the truth behind the sinister displays in WAXWORK!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By The Movie Guy on March 31, 2013
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College age kids go to a wax museum by special invitation. The museum has 18 scenes of horror. Of course the first thing they do is split up. If one gets too close to an exhibit, they enter a portal into said exhibit. The exhibits include vampire, mummy, werewolf, zombies, and Marquis De Sade. About midway through we discover that the exhibits will all come to life and roam the Earth once someone has been killed in each one.

The movie is campy. The plot and cheesy effects reminded me of "Saturday the 14th" a spoof I consider superior to this one. The dialouge was not conducive to a decent proof. The film strained to be funny. This is only for 80's horror fans. Try not to laugh at the werewolf mask too much.

This film is currently making the rounds on multi-pack horror DVDs.

Parental Guide: F-bomb. No sex or nudity.
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You might think that a movie titled "Waxwork" is about some guy who kills people and turns them into wax mannequins, like in House of Wax starring Vincent Price. And for the first half of Waxwork, you'd be right.

But Anthony Hickox, who directed Waxwork, wasn't content to just direct a horror movie. He wanted to direct ALL of them. So he dreamed up this idea (he's also the writer) of a waxwork display serves as a gate to a pocket dimension, where unsuspecting visitors are put in the roles of the victims. If the victim dies, their dead bodies become part of the waxwork. Clever, huh?

Of course, this being an 80s movie, Waxwork is stuffed with characters from The Breakfast Club: the slut (China), the virgin (Sarah), the confused protagonist (Mark), miscellaneous female sidekick (Gemma), her "cool" boyfriend (Tony) and the prankster moron (James). They're all there to die of course.

Why? Does anyone really care? Oh all right if you insist...

Mark's grandfather was a benevolent adventurer who, for reasons that make sense only in movie-land, collected trinkets from eighteen of the most evil people who ever lived. Mr. Lincoln (David Warner) has sold his soul to the devil and plans to bring about a zombie apocalypse by feeding victims to the wax effigies of each of the villains. Lincoln kills Mark's grandfather in the first few minutes of the movie, stealing his artifacts and embedding them in his wax effigies. This makes no sense, but Waxwork is unconcerned by your petty notions of plot and narrative. It's only out to show cool monsters killing people.

What we get, then, is a bunch of vignettes where some poor unsuspecting idiot stumbles into a waxwork display and, discombobulated and suddenly in the role of the victim, struggles to survive.
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