Saturday, December 22, 2012

Movie Review: Waxwork 2: Lost In Time (1992)

Waxwork 2: Lost In Time
WAXWORK 2: LOST IN TIME - Wax figure horror - movie poster

Written & Directed by Anthony Hickox

Mark...Zach Galligan
Sarah...Monika Schnarre

Picking up directly where the original left off, this sequel has the two survivors, Mark and Sarah, fleeing from the flaming wreckage of the wax museum, unaware of the fact that a strange creature from the homicidal exhibits has escaped as a well--a dismembered hand with a life of its own.

It follows Sarah home and promptly murders her white trash stepfather--a crime for which she is put on trial.  The jury doesn't believe this crazy story about evil museums and killer hands, of course, so they open up a dimensional doorway and hop through like Alice through the looking glass in order to locate and bring back some kind of proof.

And from there, it's more of the same nonsense as our "heroes" hop from era to era, striving to put right what once went wrong.  They spend some time in the Victorian past (a la Frankenstein), the distant future (a la Aliens), and way too much time in a medieval land, each time barely saving the universe and themselves.

Like I said, it's more of the same, and so the same problems plague this film as the original.  The FX are better, and the acting and scripting aren't so over-the-top, but again the film is virtually schizophrenic, bouncing from utter slapstick--witness the (welcome) appearance of Bruce Campbell--and taking itself far to seriously--as in the Aliens riff.  It seems as if the filmmakers only wanted to make the best parts of a dozen different films, so that's what they did, tossing them together with a patchwork plot.

Rated R
104 Minutes
United States

"Don't worry, it's only a flesh wound."

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