Monday, March 19, 2007

Honourable Mentions: Waxwork II – lost in time


This 1992 film by Anthony Hickox was a sequel to a spooky waxwork type movie and took the original concept in a bizarre direction. I remember being quite taken with it when I saw it years ago and it was on Zone Horror (with a horribly clumsy major edit).

'Nosferatu' and victimsThere are two survivors from the first film, Mark Loftmore (Zach Galligan) and Sarah Brightman (Monika Schnarre). They’ve escaped the waxworks but a disembodied hand follows Sarah home and kills her stepfather before she manages to push it into the garbage disposal.

Steve Painter as the vampireSarah is on trial for murder and her story of the hand is not going down well. Mark inherits the occult paraphernalia of Sir Wilfred (Patrick Macnee) including a compass like amulet that can open portals in time. They end up going through a portal trying to find proof of Sarah’s innocence and end up in a parallel world (God’s Nintendo). Each world they visit is based around famous horror movies. We have Frankenstein, The Haunting and Alien parodies amongst others.

can you spot Drew?The reason for the honourable mention is for the brief moment when Mark ends up passing through the finale of Nosferatu. There are some differences. The Vampire (Steve Painter) is sans front fangs and there are two victims in the bed, played by Hadrina Lawner and Drew Barrymore. The whole section lasts only a couple of minutes, if that – but worth a brief honourable mention.

The imdb page is here.

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