Itâ€™s fair to say Waxwork is not a great movie. However, when it comes to Anthony Hickoxâ€™s resume, Iâ€™ll take Waxwork over a CD cenobite any day (Iâ€™m looking at you Hellraiser III)! Take a moment with me, wonâ€™t you? As I try to plead my case for this tonally awkward 80s oddball.
- The Cast
A lot of the performances in this movie are ahem not necessarily the best, but letâ€™s give a participation award! Zach Galligan, Billy Peltzer himselfâ€¦Gizmo would be proud! Dana Ashbrook aka Bobby Briggs (Twin Peaks forever!) And most importantly, Deborah Foremanâ€¦because itâ€™s probably time for you to rewatch April Foolâ€™s Day for the 100th time.
- The Anthology Vibe
Even though this movie is technically not an anthology, each time a character enters a waxwork, weâ€™re introduced to a new story and characters. Each new set piece is like a mini horror movie!
- The Special Effects/Gore
This movie has some impressive make-up and gore! In fact Bob Keen, who also worked on Hellraiser and Candyman, helped to design the werewolf in the Dana Ashbrook segment.
- (To piggyback off #3) China and Count Dracula
Arguably the best and most memorable segment is when China (Michelle Johnson) meets Count Dracula. Thereâ€™s copious amounts of gore and great lines like, â€œAh yes, steak tartare.â€ Plus major fashion moment, because her dress is gorgeousâ€¦yâ€™know before it gets all blood soaked.
- (And to piggyback off #4) Miles Oâ€™Keeffe
How much Keeffe is in this movie anyway? MILES Oâ€™KEEFFE! (MSTies where ya at?)
You can watch Waxwork on Tubi now! After that, (whorish self-promotion), check out Electric Babysitter HERE and Electric Babysitter on IG! Hope you have a wonderful day!
I watched this on Tubi recently, too. I might have seen it on TV sometime in the 90s…maybe? For all its faults, it is still very charming in a weird way. I like my horror to sit cheek by jowl with humor. The horror movies of this time period really excelled at turning screams into laughs (and vice versa).
Thanks so much for this reminder of how great WAXWORK is, Electric Babysitter! I’m gonna watch it and its sequel (love that they are on same DVD) tonight! Such a great flick!
Also free on Vudu if Tubi drops it for some reason.
dadaism, I agree this is good escapist cozy old school horror! Always comes in handy even w its faults!
bdwilcox, Cool Thanks! That helps! I just found a new streaming service “Midnight Pulp” that leans toward the more exotic & cult. Gonna spotlight them on the Funhouse tomorrow!
I watched Waxwork for the first time at an Alamo Drafthouse screening in Brooklyn, which was a treat. The monster-free-for-all fight scene at the climax of the movie was a delight.