Waxwork II: Lost in Time – USA, 1992

‘A killer is waiting… In the past, present and future.’

Waxwork II: Lost in Time is a 1992 American horror comedy feature film written and directed by Anthony Hickox  (Knife Edge; Jill the Ripper; Hellraiser III: Hell on EarthSundown: The Vampire in Retreat) and is obviously the sequel to the same director’s Waxwork (1988). The movie stars Zach Galligan, Monika Schnarre, Martin Kemp and Bruce Campbell.

Plot:

Having survived the fire in the wax museum, Mark and Sarah escape but she is stalked by a severed hand that strangles her father to death.

As the prime suspect, Sarah must prove her innocence.  In the hope of gathering evidence, Mark and Sarah visit the late Sir Wilfred’s home, where they find a film reel of Sir Wilfred speaking of his and Mark’s grandfather’s adventures and of the artifacts they collected together.

A secret switch in Sir Wilfred’s chessboard opens a door to a room full of objects where Mark and Sarah find a small compass-like device.

They learn this device was used in history by light and dark angels to travel through another dimension consisting of stories that have become realities (including homages to Frankenstein, The Haunting, Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Dr. Jekyll, Alien, Godzilla, Jack the Ripper, Nosferatu, and Dawn of the Dead)…

Reviews:

“Everything from Frankenstein: Complete Legacy Collection to what I think is a sendup of “The Guests” episode from the old The Outer Limits series (replete with a wonderfully hammy Bruce Campbell) gets skewered, at times both comedically and with a rather copious amount of gore.” Jeffrey Kauffman, Blu-ray.com

“With Waxwork II, Anthony Hickox ups the number of homages and gives a slightly more substantial motivating reason behind everything, but offers little else. None of the parodies come with any of the discernible frisson or style that made them classics in the first place.” Richard Scheib, Moria

“Some of the homages seem hackneyed and just included by the makers of the film to say “hey, look we know our films” but there’s a good-natured vibe running underneath everything and whilst some of the material is gory or violent, it is never meant to be taken any other way than campy tongue-in-cheek fun.” Andrew Smith, Popcorn Pictures

“Hickox has a wildly gory sense of humor and clearly some real affection for the various classics he’s riffing on […] Some segments go on too long like the apparent Aliens homage, but others – like part II’s hilarious Frankenstein riff and the bit with Bruce (Evil Dead) Campbell are dead on the money.” Horace Cordier, Rock! Shock! Pop!

Main cast and characters:

  • Zach Galligan … Mark Loftmore
  • Monika Schnarre … Sarah Brightman
  • Martin Kemp … Baron Von Frankenstein
  • Bruce Campbell … John Loftmore
  • Michael Des Barres … George
  • Jim Metzler … Roger
  • Sophie Ward … Elenore
  • Marina Sirtis … Gloria
  • Billy Kane … Nigel
  • Joe Baker … The Peasant
  • Juliet Mills … The Defense Lawyer
  • John Ireland … King Arthur
  • Patrick Macnee … Sir Wilfred
  • David Carradine … The Beggar
  • Alexander Godunov … Scarabis

Filming locations:

68 Gloucester Ave, Toronto, Ontario
Los Angeles, California

Technical details:

104 minutes | Dolby Stereo

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