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.

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Trailer Alert – The Chair

Plot – An innocent man on death row witnesses savage killings at the hands of the prison’s sadistic Warden. To survive, he must match the brutality in the prison and confront his own horrifying past.

Release Date:  Non set for UK

Stars:

  • Naomi Grossman (American Horror Story)
  • Noah Hathaway (NeverEnding Story)
  • Zach Galligan (Gremlins)
  • Roddy Piper (They Live)

Director: Chad Ferrin

Highlight of the Trailer: Not giving too much away.

What Looks Good? The idea looks like it will appeal to all the gore fans out there.

What Looks Bad? I don’t see any of the horror being anything outside horror.

Summary: The Chair looks like it will build of previous horror films that like  to see how far they can push the audience with tortuous scenes but will it have much more to it?

Questions:

Will I Be Watching? Yes

Will You Be Watching?

My Anticipation Rating – 60%

My Guess Rating – 55%

Will It Be Number One In UK? – No

Gremlins 2: The New Batch (1990)

logoDirector: Joe Dante

Writer: Charles S Haas (Screenplay) Chris Columbus (Characters)

Starring: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, John Glover, Robert Prosky, Robert Picardo, Christopher Lee, Haviland Morris

 

Plot: The Gremlins are back, and this time, they’ve taken total control over the building of a media mogul.

 

Verdict: Over-The-Top Sequel

 

Story: After an unknown amount of time has gone past Billy and Kate have now moved to the Big Apple to further their careers. We end up having a chance encounter with Gizmo after his owner dies. We also have the same idea Gizmo gets wet and the evil gremlins come to life and run riot over a media town and its genetics lab. We are left to see if Billy can save the day again.

This is basically more of the same but only it seems to want to take the piss out of what the original did. It works when it comes to the genetic gremlins as we get a weird and gruesome creation. If you enjoyed the first one you would be left feeling almost empty after seeing this one as the story falls flat after the fun and enjoyment the first one gave us. (4/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Zach Galligan: Billy stuck in his dead-end job wait for a chance to get his promotion, Gizmo returning to his life puts everything at risk but he also gets a chance to prove himself to the boss. Average performance, that you really don’t notice him compared to the Gremlins. (6/10)

 

Phoebe Cates: Kate girlfriend of Billy who works as a tour guide at the media headquarters. She automatically has a bad feeling when Gizmo turns back up and joins the fight against the dreaded Gremlins. Doesn’t live up to the previous performance and struggles to make an impact. (5/10)

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John Glover: Daniel Clamp owner of Clamp Enterprise who really doesn’t know what he wants and is easily impressed. This is a typical clueless boss performance that is the only human character that is interesting in the film. (7/10)

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Supporting Cast: Full of a range of characters who are trying to achieve self-goals during the Gremlins outbreak along with an old friend who gets to prove he was not insane after what happened in the first film. They all come together to fill in the moments and give the Gremlins an extra targets. (7/10)

Grandpa Fred

Grandpa Fred

 

Forster The Head of Security

Forster The Head of Security

 

 

 

 

 

Director Review: Joe Dante – After the first film and other films to his name you would expect better from Joe, this disappoints after what we had first time around. (5/10)

 

Comedy: This does actually end up having a few more laughs than the first one, but most cultural references. (7/10)

Horror: I actually think some of the Gremlin kills are more gruesome than the original but as for actual horror this loses its mojo. (6/10)

Settings: Having the most part of the film being set inside one building this does create a trapped isolated feeling throughout. (8/10)
Special Effects
: Great practical effects for the time that actually still looks better than some of the real effects being used now. (9/10)

Suggestion: If you liked the first one, I would expect you to like this one or get through, but I wouldn’t suggest watching this if you didn’t like the original or haven’t seen the original. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Rambo Gizmo

Worst Part: Needless breaking of the fourth wall.

Funniest Scene: Rambo Gizmo

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Nope

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $41 Million

Budget: $50 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 46 Minutes

Tagline:  We warned you. Remember the rules. You didn’t listen.

 

Overall: Not a Strong Enough Sequel

Rating 59

Gremlins (1984)

logoDirector: Joe Dante

Writer: Chris Columbus (Screenplay)

Starring: Zach Galligan, Phoebe Cates, Hoyt Axton, Corey Feldman, Dick Miller, Judge Reinhold, Belinda Balaski, Frances Lee McCain

 

Plot: A boy inadvertently breaks 3 important rules concerning his new pet and unleashes a horde of malevolently mischievous monsters on a small town.

 

Verdict: Classic

 

Story: If you got a mysterious pet who has to be kept under three strict rules, no water, no feeding after midnight and no bright lights. It seems simple really but what if one of the rules was broken, well Billy accidently breaks on of these rules leading to everything that happens.

It all comes off as a good creature feature that at the time you could show children to scare them but the fun side of it all works out well for them too. It comes off as an alternative Christmas film with its horror elements. It is now 30 years old and hardly feels like it has dated at all. So this Christmas instead of being forced feed the usual Christmas film watch this because it is easily much more fun. (9/10)

 

Actor Review

 

Zach Galligan: Billy the young man given the Mogwi to look after only to accidently get him wet, leading to new ones being spawned, then gets tricked into feeding them after midnight and has to fight off the Gremlins to save his small town. Solid performance from Zach, who does the fighting teen idea well. (7/10)

 

Phoebe Cates: Kate love interest of Billy who has a dark past when it comes to Christmas, who ends up teaming up with Billy to save the day. Solid supporting performance, fresh off the back of her biggest film. (7/10)

 

Supporting Cast: All of the supporting cast add something to the overall story, we have good and bad characters, with the good coming off strong and the bad getting what is coming to them. It really is all up to the Mogwi stealing all the scenes. (7/10)

 

Director Review: Joe Dante – Great direction to create a film that is still talked about today. (9/10)

 

Comedy: Has its funny moments mostly once the Gremlins turn up. (8/10)

Horror: This has good horror level because it was aimed at younger audience who would be scared with what happens. (8/10)

Settings: Most of the settings are around the small town but each works taking on the Gremlins. (7/10)
Special Effects
: Great Special effects used throughout that have barely aged a day.  (9/10)

Suggestion: This is a classic that has to be watched by all. (Watch)

 

Best Part: Gizmogizmo

Worst Part: The plot hole rules as it will always be past midnight.

Believability: No (0/10)

Chances of Tears: No (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Has one

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Box Office: $148 Million

Budget: $11 Million

Runtime: 1 hour 46  Minutes

Tagline: Cute. Clever. Mischievous. Intelligent. Dangerous.

Trivia: Generally credited (along with Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom (1984)) to influence the MPAA to create the PG-13 rating, as many felt the scenes of violence in both movies were too much for a PG rating, but not enough for an R rating.

 

Overall: Enjoy

Rating 91

 

Hatchet 3 (2013)

logoDirector: BJ McDonnell

Writer: Adam Green (Screenplay) Adam Green (Characters)

Starring: Danielle Harris, Kane Hodder, Zach Galligan, Caroline Williams, Parry Shen, Robert Diago DoQui, Derek Mears, Cody Blue Snider, Rileah Vanderbilt

 

Plot: Picking up right where Hatchet 2 finishes Marybeth (Harris) thinks she has finally got rid of Victor Crowley (Hodder). She heads back to town with proof he is finally dead. She turns up in the police station with a gun and a scalp, being arrested by Sheriff Fowler (Galligan, Yes the kid from Gremlins) she has to convince him that what happened was real.

 

With a Police team, paramedics and a SWAT team lead by Hawes (Mears) looking for dead bodies, but Victor Crowley is back and this time he wants his biggest body count yet. An ambitious but disgraced reporter Amanda (Williams) is trying to uncover the truth. Marybeth, Amanda and Deputy Winslow (Diago DoQui) head back out to the swamp to end it all forever.

 

Verdict: Special Effects Bloodbath

 

Story: The first one told us the legend, the second one told the history, and this one comes full circle and offers the solution. We do follow two stories one offers a more serious story element telling how they can stop Crowley for good, while the other is just used to create a body count. While it is more of the same from the first two, it is simple enough to follow and for gore fans it is just plan enjoyable. (7/10)

 

Actor Reviews

 

Danielle Harris: Marybeth the blood soaked heroine who has to take down Victor Crowley once and for all. Good performance that really shows that she is a modern day scream queen. (8/10)

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Kane Hodder: Victor Crowley the disfigured monster who just can’t be stopped. Kane is made to play the monster on the screen. (7/10)

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Zach Galligan: Sheriff Fowler who doesn’t believe in the Victor Crowley legend and goes to find out what is happening with his team. Good from Zach showing he makes a good addition to any horror film. (7/10)

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Caroline Williams: Amanda a Victor Crowley believer who wants to find out the truth to bring credit back to her work. Good performance in a character that takes over the story telling part of the film. (7/10)

 

Parry Shen:Andrew a paramedic who gets scared easily. Parry has been in all three films now and if you watched the first two you know what happens to him, the wait is on. (7/10)

 

Director Review: BJ McDonnell – Good direction to create a blood soaked horror film. (8/10)

 

Action: The action comes fast and in your face. (8/10)

Horror: Blood, gore, body count what more could you ask for in a horror? (9/10)

 

Settings: The swamp again but this time it doesn’t use it as well as previous films. (7/10)
Special Effects
: No CGI effects make the special effects for the death brilliant. (10/10)

Suggestion: You have seen the first two, you have to watch the third one. You like gore watch. If you don’t like horror or gore don’t go near it. (Horror Fans Only)

 

Best Part: The special effects.

Worst Part: Short film again.

Action Scene Of The Film: SWAT, Police versus Victor Crowley.

Funniest Scene: A surprise cameo.

Kill Of The Film: Schneiderman

Believability: No way over the top. (0/10)

Chances of Tears: (0/10)

Chances of Sequel: Always

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Awards: None

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 81Minutes

Trivia:Two former Jason Voorhees actors Kane Hodder and Derek Mears.

 

Overall: Blood Bath Gore Modern Horror Fun

Rating 75