Tuesday, May 13, 2014

Waxwork II: Lost in Time (1992, USA, UK, Germany)

Directed by: Anthony Hickox
Produced by: Nancy Paloian
Written by: Anthony Hickox
Starring: Zach Galligan, Alexander Godunov, Monika Schnarre, Martin Kemp, Bruce Campbell
Music by: Steve Schiff
Cinematography: Gerry Lively
Editing by: Christopher Cibelli
Distributed by: Live Home Video
Release dates: June 16, 1992
Running time: 104 min.
Country: United States
Language: English
Budget: Unknown
Box office: Unknown
Plot: Mark and Sarah survive to the fire in the wax museum, but Sarah is followed by a severed hand that kills her father. Sarah becomes the prime suspect and goes to trial. Mark and Sarah search evidence to prove her innocence and they go to Sir Wilfred's house. They find a footage prepared by Sir Wilfred with a puzzle based of the Alice and the Looking Glass. They solve the puzzle and find a compass that opens portals through time. They travel to the most different places in time seeking something to help Sarah in her trial in a dangerous journey.

Info: Waxwork II: Lost in Time is a 1992 horror comedy film directed and written by Anthony Hickox and a sequel to the 1988 film, Waxwork. In this sequel, a couple must use a portal through time to defeat evil. Tagline: A killer is waiting... In the past, present and future. The movie opens with the final scenes from Waxwork (1988).

Film Facts: Waxwork II: Lost in Time pays a great homage to classic horror and sci-fi films. When the couple opens the portal and goes through time. They find themselves trapped and play in these classic films: Nosferatu (1922), Frankenstein (1931), Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde (1941), House of Wax (1953), Psycho (1960) A wig and a knife (similar to the ones Norman Bates uses), as well as a key to cabin 1, can be seen at Sir Wilfred's home., Jack the Ripper (1959), Godzilla (1954), Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956), The Haunting (1963), The Legend of Hell House (1973), Dawn of the Dead (1978), Alien (1979), 2001: A Space Odyssey (1968) Shot of sunrise over the orb of the Earth & the space shuttle, with "Zarathustra" playing in the background.

Waxwork II: Lost in Time original 1992 trailer.

The Raven (1963) Sir Wilfred, in the form of a raven, releases Mark from imprisonment in the same way that Peter Lorre, as a raven, rescues Vincent Price from the dungeon of his enemy., Alice Through a Looking Glass (1928) Sir Wilfred refers to it., The Masque of the Red Death (1964), Monty Python and the Holy Grail (1975), Saturday Night Fever (1977), The Shining (1980), Friday the 13th Part III (1982) A bloody hockey mask (similar to the one Jason wears) can be seen at Sir  home., Raiders of the Lost Ark (1981) A crate with a swastika on it, similar to the one that contains the ark, can be seen at Sir Wilfred's home., Back to the Future Part II (1989) In the end Sarah receives a package send to her by Mark who lives in the past.

Anthony Hickox offered Dolph Lundgren the part of Frankenstein's monster but Lundgren turned it down.

Deborah Foreman was asked to reprise her role as Sarah, but turned said offer down.

Bruce Campbell stars in this creepy homage to The Haunting (1963). This homage was originally filmed in color. But, director Anthony Hickox thought it looked better and creepier in black and white. Also, it gave a better homage to The Haunting (1963), since it was in black and white. We agree. The promotional photo above gives us a gory look in color.

The same actor who plays the Nazi-obsessed lecturer in the first film, Buckley Norris, plays the Judge in this one.

Flying saucer landing seen on Sarah's stepfather's TV is from Lobster Man from Mars (1989).

This is John Ireland's last film.

When the "hand" hits the stepfather with the hammer, you can see a black rod attached to the hand, controlling it.

This movie is considered a low budget movie. But, considering. The makeup department done a excellent job bringing this alien to life in the homage to Alien (1979). It was one of my favorite homages.

During the end credits, a funny rap music video is playing. It shows scenes from the movie and some behind the scenes footage, but has rappers singing the title song "Lost In Time" while the cast dances to the music in the background.

End Credits: Godzilla AS HIMSELF Filmed Entirely in THE 4TH DIMENSION

Conclusion: If you don't have a sense of humor or an appreciation for classic horror you won't like this film. It's a montage of homage that is devoted to capturing the pace, direction style, acting style, dialogue etc. of such films as Alien, The Haunting, Dawn of The Dead, Nosferatu on a relatively low budget. The pared down scenes accentuate the spoof sentiment and remind us why horror is fun. Take the Alien scene, hard talking', pulse rifle carrying space marines complete with transmission samples as background juxtaposed to the reefer madness-esque black and white, highly stylized scene of The Haunting. Battling evil can be funny and Bruce Campbell's cameo, as well as others, lends support. If nothing else, it's a treasure hunt for horror genre fans.

Rotten Tomatoes gave it a 1 out of 5 stars. FUCK THEM. We give it a 5 out of 5 stars.

Released by Artisan / Lions Gate. Waxwork / Waxwork II: Lost in Time Double Feature DVD. You get both great movies at one low price. A must for horror fans!

Amazon: Waxwork / Waxwork II: Lost in Time (Double Feature) - $5.75 (DVD)

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