Waxwork II: Lost in Time (1992)
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"Waxwork II: Lost in Time" is the sequel of "Waxwork" without Deborah Foreman that turned the offer down and was replaced by Monika Schnarre in the role of Sarah. Zach Galligan is also different from the original clumsy and rich Mark. The movie pays a tribute to several horror movies and entertains but it is silly and does not work well in many parts. The conclusion is a rip-off "Back to the Future" and does not make much sense that Sarah comes back to the present days to clear her name and return to the past to stay with Mark. My vote is five.
Title (Brazil): "Waxwork II - Perdidos no Tempo" ("Waxwork II: Lost in Time")
With guest appearances by Bruce Campbell and David Carradine, how can you go wrong? Especially with such intense homages to "Dawn of the Dead", "The Haunting" and more?
If any complaint can be lodged with this film, it is that it is complete nonsense. The logic is even more goofy than the last film (which was pretty bad), the continuity is non-existent, and it does not really follow the first film except in the most vague way... but if you do not mind completely malarkey, this movie is fun.
Rated R; Violence and Profanity.
First of all, this is not a movie to take seriously in any way. It's an homage to various horror movies and it has more cheese than Wisconsin. Some of the content you'll encounter: animated murderous hands, Frankenstein, zombies, aliens, black magic druids,...and more! I would love to see this movie re-imagined as a musical (a la Evil Dead).
WWII (uh, WaxWorks 2) gets extra points for guest appearances from Bruce "The Man Bull" Campbell (just made up that nickname for him) and Keith "Masturbation Strangulation" Carradine (nickname not made up). Set aside your critical mind for the dramas, for this campy feature all you need to do is cook yourself up some Jiffy Pop, kick back, and prepare to be moderately entertained. Oh, and the 90's sucktacular rap video during the end credits is a hoot. You'll be dumbstruck by smoove lyrics such as "Lost in time, Like a bug in a jar. No matter where you go- YO- there you are"
Not that the movie is great, by any stretch of the imagination. The type of humour is a little too dated to bring much more than smiles. But it does entertain.
Throw in cameo performances from a host of well-known stars (well..they're well-known now, anyway) and you have a pleasant enough way to spend an evening.
In fact, playing spot the jobbing actor is a good way to look at this movie, if you aren't certain it's for you. With the likes of Bruce Campbell, David Carradine and Marina Sirtis all popping up at one point or another, there's no shortage of faces on display that even a non-filmy will recognize.
The highlight of the movie is the final showdown between hero and villain, where they clash swords across a number of "dimensions", all of which are parodies of well-known movies, with a number of obvious, but well-done gags thrown in at the appropriate point.
It's not a movie you'll bring out of the TV cabinet again and again to watch, but it's fun enough for a single viewing.
Despite the fact that it wasn't a huge budgeted release, everything holds up. It's the imagination that goes into the script ( Yeah, it's all a spin off of other films, but done very well. ) that really brings a cool energy to this film. It'll have you munching on the popcorn.
If you're a genre fan, you will get a smirk out of this film. If you don't, I guess you're one of the types that can't have a good time with the horror concept being tossed around into the realm of satire and comedy as it is in this film.
I'm really surprised there's not a bit more buzz about this film. I think it's a true cult classic and absolutely surpasses the first in every way. Do what is in your power to see this film if you haven't.
The first episode is a re-run of the Frankenstein story, with the creature here an unscary straggly-haired beast covered in a prosthetic face. How very '90s. Playing the mad "Baron Von Frankenstein" is none other than Martin Kemp, member of Spandau Ballet and more familiar today as a regular on the TV soap EASTENDERS. Kemp is definitely slumming it in this film, as he did for most of the early '90s, and it's highly amusing to watch him embarrass himself here. He just isn't cut out for the part, and fails to be the least bit frenzied or frightening. The only highlight of this otherwise nondescript episode comes at the schlocky end, when Kemp's eyeballs pop out followed by his brain. The ultra-cheap special effects are reviewed through the "bird's-eye view" of the brain flying through the air, as the stand on which it sits is plainly visible.
The second episode is probably the most fun, if only for the presence of comic genius and all-round good guy Bruce Campbell playing Richard Johnson's role in THE HAUNTING. The black and white photography is pleasingly different, if only copied from the first film, and there are some lame-brained yet fun slapstick moments involving Campbell being tortured in a basement. Sadly this is over far too quickly, although eagle-eyed fans may spot Marina Sirtis as the woman playing "Gloria" in the segment.
The third story is a dreadful rip-off of ALIEN, with some really bad special effects in the shape of the lame, rubbery aliens. Whoever designed these should be shot outright. Disorientating camera-work means that it's damn near impossible to see here what's going on, so the sooner its over the better. The fourth instalment is by far the longest, and thus the most boring. This time Galligan and his girlfriend are sent back to Britain in the medieval period, where they become trapped in the castle of the cruel lord Scarabis. While the plot here is passable stuff, and there are fine supporting turns from Alexander Godunov (excellently nasty as the villain, as he was in DIE HARD) and John Ireland (as King Arthur, no less) nothing much really happens aside from a few more disappointing prosthetic attempts at monsters.
It's at the end of this tale that the film suddenly picks up, and copies SHOCKER again by having two characters fighting as they jump from location to location. Thus, we get to see some fun parodies of GODZILLA, DAWN OF THE DEAD (again) and also, by far the best, one of the original NOSFERATU, which is very funny. Drew Barrymore plays a victim in the bed if you can spot her. Events conclude in a boringly unbelievable anti-climax in which it looks simply like they ran out of money.
Linking scenes of Galligan and Schnarre flying through a "time tunnel" look like they've been ripped from EVIL DEAD II, and are quite stupid. The acting from the leads is also below par, with Schnarre just another forgettable 20-something actress who doesn't register at all, and Galligan simply going through the motions of his previous successes. The appearance of many stars in cameo roles (as well as the above people, David Carradine, Patrick Macnee, Joe Don Baker, and George "Buck" Flower also pop up briefly) does give this movie a watchability, as well as some of the brief moments in which the comedy actually works. Otherwise this is a cheap and unnecessary sequel in which even the special effects are pretty bad (ie. splattery and unrealistic-looking). My recommendation is to watch the first and give this one a miss!
Written & directed by Anthony Hickox, who also has a small cameo in the film, Waxwork II: Lost in Time is a worthy but not quite as good sequel to the great original. The script is one long homage & send-up to various other horror films but this time there are no waxworks involved. From the likes of Frankenstein (1931) to Alien (1979), Dawn of the Dead (1979), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941), an awful Godzilla (1954) bit complete with terrible dubbing to add authenticity, Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), Jack the Ripper (1959), Nosferatu (1922) shot in black and white complete with subtitles & a jerky movement, The Haunting (1963), the severed hand attacking Sarah's Spetfather is taken straight from the sequence in Evil Dead II (1987) when Ash fights his own possessed severed hand & they also come across a blood stained hockey mask at one point. The film moves along like a rocket & each segment provides variety although some get more screen time than others. One aspect where I thought Waxwork II: Lost in Time didn't do so well with was it's uneven tone when it comes to the balance between comedy & horror, one moment it tries to be a proper horror film with scares like the Frankenstein segment is to start with but then it suddenly descends into camp comedy as Baron Frankenstein is strangled his eyes pop out of their sockets & his brain shoots out the top of his head complete with comedy sound effects. The most developed segment is the climax set in medieval times which strangely isn't based on any other film that I can think of, there is a scene in this part where a big fat executioner complete with black hood approaches a woman tied up but instead of whipping or hurting her he pulls a feather out & starts to tickle her!
Director Hickox films with some style & there are some nice moments, some of the scene transitions, some of the angles & it's a good looking film throughout. Forget about any real scares as the comedy stuff dilutes it too much for it to be wholly effective. There is some decent gore, lots of spraying blood, brains, eyes, severed hands, zombies getting their heads shot off, aliens emerging from someones mouth & a guy hanging up with his chest cut open exposing his ribcage.
Technically the film is good, some of the sets are a bit limited, it tries to remake Alien using two sets for instance. The special effects range from impressive to poor especially the rubbery looking alien & the awful Godzilla. The acting is campy which suits the material. The likes of David Carradine, Bruce Campbell, Marina Sirtis, John Ireland, Alexander Gudunov & Drew Barrymore all turn up in roles.
Waxwork II: Lost in Time is a fun, entertaining film that most horror fans will surely enjoy to some extent. I'm not sure about some of the juvenile silly comedy but nothings perfect, right? Not as good or gory as the original & doesn't contain any waxworks at all but I think it's still well worth a watch, definitely recommended.
Part twoLost in Timefollows on directly from part one, with Mark (Zach Galligan) and Sarah (this time played by Monika Schnarre) escaping from the burning museum, closely followed by a zombie hand. After this crawling menace kills Sarah's step-father, the poor girl winds up in court accused of murder; her only chance of proving her innocence is to follow Mark through a series of time portals in an attempt to find evidence that will support her outlandish story.
This preposterous and poorly constructed plot serves merely as an excuse for the director to throw in as many references to his favourite movies as possible; thus, we get a lame Aliens rip-off, A silly Dawn of the Dead style zombie skit, Hickox's take on Frankenstein's monster, a Nosferatu homage (shot in flickery black and white); plus brief appearances from Jack the Ripper, Godzilla, Mr. Hyde, and many more characters that will be familiar to fans of fantasy/horror cinema.
Rather than make a serious attempt to capture the look and feel of the films he is referencing (something he did extremely well in Waxwork), Hickox instead prefers to try and emulate the splatstick comedy of Evil Dead 2something he completely fails to do, despite even going to the trouble of casting Evil Dead star Bruce Campbell. To make matters worse, the film is way too long (104 freakin' minutes!!) and features music that sounds suspiciously like a weak copy of Goblin's score for Suspiria.
Their director/writer Anthony Hickox pretty much took what was fun about the first - the entering into different horror realms - and ran amok with it. The leads travel through time (and I guess realities) - much like Sliders - while looking for something or other. Slowly at first, but eventually they wind up barreling through realities as though Hickox had too many references that he wanted to fit into the movie but didn't have enough time to. Some are fun - one S&M one is a tad disturbing - but they've since lost their original charm.
Horror-comedy stalwart, Bruce Campbell, does the same overacting schtick from his Evil Dead movies but his all-too-short cameo was the highlight of the movie for me.
Admittedly when it came to the first Waxwork, what drew my attention to the movie was the groovy looking cover, such a weakness for cool looking artwork covers still haunts me to this very day, even though I am no longer than impressionable teenager, but a man celebrating his fortieth year on this planet(how about that for ageing this review and indeed myself) Luckily the first movie was able to deliver upon the promise of the synopsis and the artwork on show. What the second installment was sadly lacking was direction, a cohesive storyline and more importantly that fun factor.
I remember when this was first announced, I was so excited, because after Waxwork, Hickox made what was arguably(for me anyway) his best movie, Sundown The Vampire In Retreat, so having watched both these movies, I felt a need to watch any movie that Hickox applied his name to.
With the first Waxwork, the story had an aim and fully formed structure, plus a great cast to see it through, alas all the name's attached to Lost In Time, we mere time fillers and what did he have them do, re-enact/rehash classic scenes from 'The Haunting' and 'Alien' et al.
I can still hear Lesley Gore singing 'It's my party' at the end credits of the original, too bad this monster mash up, that Hickox threw together couldn't find that necessary gel to make it all stick.
A bitter disappointment. 2/10
The ending is among the best I've seen on the cheesy-splatter section. The f/x are not that bad but could've been better. Some monsters looked very cheesy but still worked for the movie's purpose. I dig this movie because it does not tries to impress anyone; I mean, it's purpose is only to entertain and spill plenty of blood to satisfy gorehounds.
Bruce Campbell and the gorgeous super sexy Monica Schnarre (from "Boogie's Diner" fame) deliver fine performances.
This movie is a hoot! Watch it with low expectations and you might be impressed. Also, the end credits song is tongue in cheek.
She must stand trial, so her and her boyfriend go to Sir Wilfred's house for clues, and they find a film he has prepared for them, pointing the way to his secret stash.
They find a dimension hopping, time machine compass and go back in time to look for evidence that the girl is telling the truth and get embroiled in different conflicts along the way....
The first movie didn't really get going until the inspired last ten minutes (where Whedon stole the idea for his finale in Cabin In The Woods), and this remedies the fact by making it really bonkers and amusing from the upstart.
it's like an adult version of Stay Tuned, and each little episode really makes the film a little more exciting than it should be.
The sections with Bruce Campbell and Martin Kemp are easily the best, it's just a shame that the finale with Godunov is pretty bland apart from him and the guy from Power Station who likes white make up.
if they swapped this and had the Frankenstein scene as the finale, this could have been a a classic movie, but the last twenty minutes just seems like a vanity project for the director who plays the predominant Kings Guard and is in almost every other shot come the end.
Thankfully though, the film has enough great cameos and funny moments, to justify the maundering nature of the medieval scene.
a great campy cult classic, with a saggy vanity project finale.