Film, 1988

Anthony Hickox’s 80’s genre work has a special quality to it. It seems like everyone involved in the film was encouraged to bring as much character and life to it as they could, and the results always look like a gang of very creative pirates got together to make a fun movie. It makes you jealous- you wish you could have been there for the filming. Unfortunately, that doesn’t mean you always want to sit through the product of that process, as is the case here with Waxwork. There are a couple thrilling moments here and there, but mostly it just all feels tacked on and unsure of what it is. Skip straight to Waxwork II– it owns its humor, and has a more substantial list of great genre actors.

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