Friday, April 1, 2011

Day 1 of the 30 Day Horror Challenge: Waxwork

Day 01 – A horror film that no one would expect you to love, but you do:

(drum roll)

Waxwork has every single monster, creature, dead thing I’ve loved forever and then some. Zach Galligan… Gremlins… are you kidding me? David Warner too! No one would expect me to love this one because it’s just plain fun. It’s not super gory, gruesome. The acting and side plots are somewhat hokey. It’s a B movie for the late 80’s I suppose. This movie was not made for the horn ball teenager but for the adult who grew up loving cinema and early horror host television circa 1960.

Just so we know what we’re getting ourselves into here’s the list of baddies from Waxworks (and when I’m finished you can tell everyone just how lame I must be for loving this one):

Marquis De Sade
Invisible Man
Phantom of the Opera
aMan Eating Plant (Audrey Two!)
Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde
The Mummy
a Witch
some kind of a mutant baby
Invastion of the Body Snatcher Pods
Jack the Ripper
a Voodoo Man
and an alien

They made a sequel that I didn’t see until recently and was probably only upset with it because I didn’t see it soon enough (before my mind developed into this snobbish state of film criticquery). My favorite sequence is the opening. Nothing quite like murder set to “Sing, Sing,Sing”. When the music fades into the credits, I melt and so does the title for the picture… at the end. I still get a little teary eyed when Sir Wilfred eats it fighting to save the planet.

-Dr. Jimmy

Post Script: Thanks for turning me on to this super fun way to talk about the films I love Dollar Bin Horror. Check out their favorites and the favorites of anyone else who's been doing this. It's a great way to learn about your people (the creepy ones of course).

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