Waxwork (1988) (Movie Review)

Waxwork (1988)
Director: Anthony Hickox

A waxwork museum comes to town, and a mysterious man invites some teens to come to a special showing at midnight. Once inside, while viewing different exhibits, the scenes come alive and the viewer is sucked into the story being portrayed. I think it is a film that gets looked over a bit by the none hardcore horror fans, but then again I can also sorta see why that is the case.

I must admit that as a kid in the 80s I really wanted to see this movie when I saw an ad for it while watching WWF’s Saturday Night’s Main Event. Of course when I did see it I was left disappointed. Now here I am years later and I am afraid this movie let me down yet again in some ways. I won’t say it’s an overall terrible movie, because it isn’t. It has a clever plot and makes for an interesting concept but still fails to really get the ball rolling. The characters aren’t really that likeable and you never have much of a reason to care about them. Some of the monsters we see when these folks fall into the wax displays look awesome (the Wolf) and some are just dull (the vampire). The movie just seems too uneven to really make you love it.

The cast does give us some cool actors, some we’ve seen in other horror films. I don’t think the actors are to blame for the movie’s short comings. I think it is just the writer who is to blame for why this fails to connect or become any more interesting than it does. I do like how we get some random spots of cool gore and here than there. That is one of the film’s few bright spots and does help pick it up a little bit. Sadly, I were to make a list of the top 50 or more horror films that I enjoy from the 80s, I don’t think this movie would make the list. And I believe that a lot of people would be leaving this one off as well. It ends up just being a great idea that was rather poorly executed.