WAXWORK/WAXWORK II REVIEWED
“Waxwork / Waxwork II” is a blessing delivered onto Blu-ray. Many horror fans have their movies that first brought them to Vestron and “Waxwork” was my initial entry point. This film was self-referential horror before Kevin Williamson drove that beast into the ground. For those that don’t know, a quick summary. Billy from Gremlin and Deborah Foreman are two friends who get invited to a Wax museum. Their pals get tossed into pocket dimension displays where history’s greatest monsters kill them. One is attacked by a Mummy, a Werewolf and there’s even some hot Marquis de Sade action. Ultimately, this ends up being part of a crazy white guy’s Voodoo plan to the end the world.
The sequel has a loose wax zombie hand murdering Deborah Foreman’s stepfather and then the two survivors have to flee through time to solve the murder. There’s a reason why people don’t talk about the sequel much. It’s campy cult fun, but it loses a lot of the major horror angles of the first film. The concept of horror stories being part of a larger fictional turned reality dimension tale is fun. But, it adds too much worldbuilding to what already worked onscreen.
Still, the sequel has a sizeable fan base. It’s just that after repeat viewings of both films, I don’t get how anyone in the world couldn’t prefer the first movie. Lionsgate continues to slay it all with these Vestron releases and I’m only further stoked to see what arrives next. Hell, why not bring back some Artisan titles while you’re at it, too? I love some classic horror, but sometimes I want to follow up a viewing of “Waxwork” with some “Ghost Dog” action.
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- 1.85:1 1080p transfer
- DTS-HD 2.0 master audio