A horror melting pot!
Characters right out of a teen slasher turn what at first seems like a cliched 80’s movie into an infinitely more innovative one. It doesn’t hurt that Gremlin’s Zach Galligan leads the gang. Smart, brave, he opposes an arch-villain played by the great David Warner. Both actors lighten the mood of an otherwise darker film that is, as it turns out, generously sprinkled with gore.
The blurred photography creates a unique signature and a sense of safety that make the sporadic blood and ripped flesh all the more shocking. We constantly toggle from safe scares to horrifying visions. Watered down movie monsters like the mummy, the werewolf, the vampire, the zombie and Marquis de Sade are each given their moments to shine. They are guaranteed to conquer the horror fan's heart.
Half of Waxwork plays out like an anthology, with each section featuring a classic horror creature, and the rest of it is an atypical procedural. The script is condensed and at no time do we feel bored. When dialogue isn’t convincing, most actors compensate with dynamism and a semi-comical presence. The game of cats and mice ultimately culminates in a grand finale you should stick around for!