Posts tagged Horror movies

Great Halloween Movies: ‘Waxwork’

Halloween is my favorite holiday out of the year. The way most children feel about the holidays is the way I’ve always felt about Halloween. One of the many things I have loved about this holiday is that for the whole month of October different channels would have horror movie marathons. AMC had “Monster Fest”, Turner Classic Movies showed the classics of the horror genre, and as a child this is how I was introduced to many of my favorite movies today. These horror marathons truly impacted and influenced my love for movies.

I thought that until Halloween, as a sort of countdown, I could post blogs about some of my favorite horror movies. I know it’s not quite October yet, but as far as I’m concerned it’s never too early to start talking about Halloween.

The first movie out of this “Halloween Movie” series is Waxwork.

 Waxwork is about a group of friends who go to a private midnight showing of the new wax museum in their town. The minute they step inside they can tell there is something… different about this place. The wax figures are eerily lifelike. Each different tableau in the wax museum depicts a scene from famous horror movies. The Wolfman, Dracula, The Mummy, Phantom of the Opera, Frankenstein, The Invisible Man, and even includes an exhibit of the infamous Marquis De Sade. There’s a catch, though. Do not cross the red rope. If you do, you’re no longer in a wax museum. You’re in the world of the tableau where anything can happen, especially death.

One by one the different characters walk into these scenes and become part of their own horror story. Later we discover that ever since this wax museum has come to town, people have gone missing...

For me, what makes Waxwork great is that it’s an homage to the classic horror movies with just enough 80s horror thrown in. If you’re a fan of classic horror then you will definitely love Waxwork because it contains the eerie atmosphere and gothic vibe that made older horror movies get under your skin. Yet, it also has just enough cheese, such as bad wigs and mustaches and over the top characters, to make it fun and perfect for a Friday night.

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Why This Horror Fan Is Looking Forward To ‘Fright Night’

Remakes have become the bane of movie enthusiasts, particularly with horror movies. I’m not entirely against the idea, except remakes are (usually) poorly executed and only done for the sake of getting the studio a little extra cash without having to worry about such things as, oh, creativity and originality.

The poster for the original Fright Night

There have been so many remakes of iconic horror movies that have been lackluster or simply awful. The reason why earlier I said I’m not entirely against the idea is because if a remake of a story were taken seriously, it could be an interesting and creative new take that adds a new layer. Unfortunately, the trend is to just make a carbon copy or a dumbed down version of the original that make the fans and anyone with an IQ want to stab their eyes out. Over the past so many years it seems that we have been flooded with these remakes.  Off of the top of my head the worst ones that come to mind are Prom Night, My Bloody Valentine, The Hitcher, The Wicker Man, and The Fog.


There are exceptions to this, of course. Dawn of the Dead, The Last House on the Left, The Ring, and one of the most terrifying movies ever, John Carpenter’s The Thing, are exceptional remakes. It’s sad that the ratio of good to awful remakes is so vast because whenever I hear of yet another movie being remade my immediate reaction is that of frustration and grief.

When I discovered that Fright Night, one of my favorite vampire movies ever was being remade, I was mortified. I knew that the need for this remake was because of the recent vampire craze thanks to a certain sparkly d-bag, so on top of everything else I was immediately resentful. Fright Night is not only scary, it’s funny, sexy, and has the wonderful Roddy McDowall as Peter Vincent, actor turned vampire killer. I didn’t want this great vampire movie getting a “Twilight” treatment. As time went on I kept tabs on the project, fearing the worst.

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