Waxwork (1988)

waxworksDirector: Anthony Hickox

Writer: Anthony Hickox (Screenplay)

Starring: Zach Galligan, Jennifer Bassey, Joe Baker, Deborah Foreman, Michelle Johnson, David Warner, Eric Brown

 

Plot: A wax museum owner uses his horror exhibits to unleash evil on the world.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Scooby Doo Like Horror

 

Story: Waxwork starts as we see a robbery murder before we meet our leading man Mark (Galligan) who has had a privileged life that he just wants to escape from. Mark is in college where we he has friends that take him into the with Sarah (Foreman), China (Johnson) James (Brown), Gemma (Carey) and Tony (Ashbrook). Mark agrees to go to a newly formed Waxworks with Sarah, China and Tony for a midnight show where each exhibit has its own story.

As the friends explore they find themselves being sucked into the stories the waxworks are telling where they find themselves becoming part of the art work. Mark has to work with Sarah to get to the bottom of their missing friend’s locations and bring down the waxworks once and for all.

Waxwork is a horror comedy that fits in perfectly with the 80’s when it was released. The film gives us a great feeling of the time period with the story of the villain trying to release evil upon the world. I do feel like the plot feels like a Scooby Doo movie but really is one that could be enjoyed by all. When everything goes down it is completely bonkers though.

 

Actor Review

 

Zach Galligan: Mark is from a wealthy family but like all late teenagers is constantly bored. Wanting to break away from his restrictions he heads to a waxwork with his friends but soon finds himself needing to fight to survive against an evil from within. Zach is solid in this role where he becomes the go to guy in horror during the 80’s.

Deborah Foreman: Sarah is the friend that never gets noticed by the guys at school, she is the best friend of China but finds herself alone with the Mark trying to discover the truth. Deborah is a solid supporting role without really excel.

Michelle Johnson: China is the popular girl at the school who gets all the attention from the guys, she has Mark under her spell and is the main one to get invited into the Waxwork with friends. Michelle is solid in what is an easy to play supporting role.

David Warner: Waxwork Man is the owner of the waxworks, he brings the guests in before pushing them into the world’s created. He is well spoken making an excellent guide. David is good in this role as the typical English bad guy.

Support Cast: Waxwork has a basic supporting role that are basically just used for disposable characters.

Director Review: Anthony HickoxAnthony does give us what would be considered a typical 80s horror film.

 

Comedy: Waxwork has moments of comedy throughout the film without being a full comedy.

Horror: Waxwork has a great mix of horror as we deal with all the creatures involved.

Settings: Waxwork has the settings of the waxworks which is brilliant because of all the worlds we see get created.
Special Effects
: Waxwork has great effects for everything throughout the film which the man’s leg being the highlight.

Suggestion: Waxwork is one you could try as for horror fans which works for cheesy fun. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Charles is found effects.

Worst Part: Sometimes too much going on.

Favourite Quote: Waxwork Man ‘They will make a movie about anything these days’

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: Yes

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 35 Minutes

Tagline: you can step inside the hall of horrors – but dare you pay the price?

 

Overall: Fun horror comedy that just gets way out of hand.

Ratingcard

 

Do We Care About the Oscars? Birdman Or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance) (2015)

Do We Care About the Oscars?

The idea behind this is to look back at every single film that was nominated for any of these categories,

·         Best Picture

·         Best Actor

·         Best Actress

·         Best Supporting Actor

·         Best Supporting Actress

·         Best Director

 By looking back at these I will be asking the questions below to find out whether this is a film to be watched or not. This is not a full review and if I have seen the film in question I will give my rating of said film. I will also not be comparing or suggesting any other films that could or should have won this is just looking at a film and seeing if it still stands in the memory.

Film: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)birdman

Oscar Wins: (4) Best Picture, Best Directing, Best Original Screenplay and Best Cinematography.

Oscar Nominations: (5) Best Actor, Best Supporting Actor, best Supporting Actress, Best Sound Mixing and Best Sound Editing.

Have I Seen It?

Yes – My Rating 92%

Will I Watch It Again? Yes, I do think I need to give this a second viewing.

Should Everyone Have Seen It? I think all bar Casual Fans should watch this.

Most Memorable Parts? The single shot style of the film, That scene with Birdman and the random underwear scenes.

Thoughts On the Film: Upon on seeing this film once I found the film filled with great performances from the whole cast comes off very slow movie with a story that plays out like a play. It can come off with too much being thrown at you all at once while becoming rewarding once you understand everything going on.

Do We Care It Got Oscar Attention? Maybe, The acting deserves all the praise it got, the style of shooting great but Best Picture should be one of the most memorable and this will slowly become one that gets talked about but not one everyone says WATCH.

This film is Batman and his daughter Gwen Stacey getting annoyed by the moody Hulk while sober Alan keep Jet in her place, all while trying to make the Broadway play. Kind of like a sitcom really.cast