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Waxwork II: Lost in Time (1991)
by Jeremy Wheeler review

If Anthony Hickox's Waxwork proved to be an effectively gory spin on the classic movie monsters of old, Waxwork II: Lost in Time is the cheesed-up return to the formula, minus the now unneeded setup in favor of jumping straight into the homage-filled action. With more time to flesh out the fantasy sequences, the sequel basically becomes one takeoff on a genre classic after another. Everything from Godzilla to Ridley Scott's Alien are reenacted in various cheap and hilarious ways, often showing off the director's attention to detail as he plays around with shot setups and film stocks to effectively achieve the same look and feel as the originals. Nowhere is it more accurately pulled off than in the middle section of the film during a spot-on recreation of Robert Wise's The Haunting, starring none other than future Star Trek alumni Marina Sirtis and cult B-movie star Bruce Campbell (featuring one of the actor's most gruesomely hilarious slapstick sequences outside of his Evil Dead series). With its tongue planted firmly in cheek, Waxwork II reeks of campy fun all the while still delivering the blood and gore that audiences were expecting after the first film. Things slow down a bit in the third act when the story turns to its medieval setting, but picks back up in a slam-bam, raucous climax, where the forces of good and evil fight through over 30 years of various horror and sci-fi films. Incredibly underrated and entertaining to its monster-loving bones, Lost in Time knows exactly what it is: bloody, silly fun.