Top ten moments from Waxwork/Waxwork II
I think it's pretty clear how much I love the two Waxwork movies. Back in 1988 and again in 1992 Anthony Hickox wrote and directed two bizarre and wonderful horror films that were beyond ahead of their time, and have become massive cult classics today! So here is my list of the top ten moments in both films.
10) "Foot notes and everything! You are an angel!"
9) Frankenstein's mansion
8) Sarah gets whipped
7) Surrounded by knights
6) Werewolf massacre!
5) Bruce Campbell/Drew Barrymore
There's a reason why it's called the Cabin Of The Woods for the 1980's! In the huge showdown at the end, Mr. Lincoln has collected his 18 victims and awakes them as poor Mark and Sarah try to escape. Slowly each killer and monster from each display slowly comes to life only to do battle with a rag tag team of elderly men! (Yep you're reading that right.) The fight goes on and on as one by one the monsters begin coming to life and doing battle with everyone. There's sword fighting, a dwarf gets eaten by a giant plant, a werewolf twists a man's head off, fire, and even wax!
So many people remember Waxwork for this single scene. In fact I remember being floored the first time I watched it at the amount of gore that appeared on screen. Young China accidentally walks into the display where a handsome wax statue of a man is leaning against a set of stairs. Next thing she knows she's wandered into a massive castle wearing an evening gown with a group of guest at the dinner table waiting for her. The handsome man is the display sits at the head of the table alive and well and asks her to sit down. There China plays along as if it's a dinner party only to dine on some steak tar-tar which is much better with the red sauce. Afterwards she begins to suspect all isn't what it seems and when she tries to escape she finds herself in the basement where a man, claiming to be her fiance' lays strapped to a table with the flesh completely skinned from his leg right down to the bone (guess what they were eating at the dinner?) Here China learns that the castle is filled with vampires. Acting quickly she fights back as the dinner guests begin to attack one by one. The ending result is one of the bloodiest massacres of all time. Blood sprays everywhere and poor China's beautiful white dress is ruined!
One of the best moments of Waxwork II has to be when Mark and the main villain Scarabis begin sword fighting to the death as Mark wears the time compass which causes the two of them to slowly walk into different dimensions. First the street alleyways of Jack the ripper, then a black and white hotel room where a Nosferatu looking vampire is about the prey on two young sleeping girls, a disco 70's mall with zombies, and even in Japan where a Godzilla monster is attacking! These are all great little nods to so many classic horror movies. I love when they finally come fighting back to the castle a strange metal robot comes walking in as well. The best is in the Godzilla part where Mark looks up and they do the horrible bad dubbing as he yells "Oh no!".
There is a huge reason why this moment makes the #1 spot...it's my favorite! In fact anyone who is Facebook friends with me will see that my cover photo is of Mark trapped in the barrier from this very scene. In fact, two of the times I've met Zach Galligan I asked him to do the trapped in the barrier pose...which is pretty much just putting our hands up and looking shocked = Thank you Mr. Galligan for putting up with my bullshit. This scene is the best simply because it pays tribute to the classic black and white zombie film Night Of The Living Dead. Love when Mark stumbles in the graveyard only to find flesh eating zombies slowly chasing after him. It's also here a huge moment is revealed when Mark tries to leave the graveyard only to be stopped by walking into the barrier. Classic!