Waxwork is a 1980's guilty pleasure. The soundtrack is cheesy, the hair is big but the acting is quite good in this send up of classic horror movies. The action takes place in a wax museum where those who are too curious find themselves sucked into the horror scene they are attracted to. The catch is that if you die, you become a wax figure in that particular tableaux. The premise works quite well and so the audience is treated to vampires, werewolves, the mummy, zombies, The Marquis de Sade, and others. It's a fun, joyride with classic 80's special effects that work quite well in the film.
Waxwork stars Zach Galligan [Gremlins] as Mark who becomes one of the heroes who saves the day. He is a commanding presence and fills the role quite nicely. The cast also includes David Warner [The Omen] as the owner of Waxwork. He is the perfect villain to the sweet Mark. They work well together in every scene they are in. Comedic relief comes in the form of a little person [Mihaly Meszaros] and a giant [Jack David Warner] who play every scene they're in to the hilt. Deborah Foreman and Michelle Johnson play classic 80's babes and are also a commanding presence onscreen as well.
Teen horror films are often much maligned by critics. Who cares? Sometimes we just want to have fun for 90 minutes or so. Waxwork fits the bill quite nicely. It's not really scary but it is enjoyable through and through with a few special effects squirms along the way. Nicely done. Trivia: Romero fans will enjoy the Night of the Living Dead tribute scene that is a turning point in the movie. Love it!
RATING: Very Good.
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