This page is about the horror comedy film Waxwork (1988) and the straight-to-video sequel, Waxwork II: Lost in Time (1992).

1988-Waxworkposter WAXWORK

Stop On By And Give Afterlife A Try.

More Fun Than a Barrel of Mummies.

Released June 17, 1988 (US); straight-to-video (UK)
Waxwork is an American horror comedy film.

Wealthy slacker college student Mark, his new girlfriend Sarah, and their friends are invited to a special showing at a mysterious wax museum which displays 18 of the most evil men of all time. After his ex-girlfriend and another friend disappear, Mark becomes suspicious. What he doesn’t know is that they have been made a part of the exhibit, by first living out the scene and then being murdered in it. []

The “eighteen most evil beings” used in the film are the Marquis de Sade, the werewolf, Count Dracula (his Brides and son exist only within the portal and are not among those displayed), the Golem, the Phantom of the Opera, The Mummy, George A. Romero-style zombies, Frankenstein’s monster, Jack the Ripper, The Invisible Man, a voodoo priest, a witch, a snakeman, pods from Invasion of the Body Snatchers, Rosemary’s Baby, an axe murderer, a multi-eyed alien, a giant talking Venus flytrap, Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde.

Notable Cast

Zach Galligan, Mark Loftmore

Dana Ashbrook, Tony

David Warner, David Lincoln

Patrick Macnee, Sir Wilfred

Miles O’Keeffe, Count Dracula

John Rhys-Davies, Werewolf



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

Released straight-to-video (US & UK)
Waxwork II: Lost in Time is an American horror comedy film and a sequel to the 1988 film, Waxwork.

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. []

Mark and Sarah learn that a small compass-like 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 & Mr. Hyde, Alien, Godzilla, Jack the Ripper, Nosferatu, and Dawn of the Dead).

Notable Cast

Zach Galligan, Mark Loftmore

Martin Kemp, Baron Von Frankenstein

Bruce Campbell, John Loftmore

Michael Des Barres, George

Sophie Ward, Elenore

Marina Sirtis, Gloria

Juliet Mills, The Defense Lawyer

Patrick Macnee, Sir Wilfred

David Carradine, The Beggar

Alexander Godunov, Scarabis

Drew Barrymore, Vampire Victim #1