8:10 PM, 1st October, 2005
Three words sum up why you should see this film - Paris Hilton dies! I could probably end my review right there. What, you want more? Geez, isn't that enough?
Okay, this is a remake of the 1953 film of the same name. A group of teenagers take a wrong turn (hasn't anyone heard of maps?) and end up in an abandoned town populated by a pair of murderous brothers. It seems that the brothers have expanded the towns main attraction - the House of Wax - to include the entire town. A murderous rampage that turned the towns population into wax figures against their will. The group must escape before they too are turned into wax figures.
What ensues is a series of gruesome and innovative death scenes. This film isn't going to be winning any words or getting rave reviews from the likes of David and Margaret but this is a film that knows what it wants to do and sets out to do it. It's made to scare and shock us. And I can't wait.
10:00 PM, 1st October, 2005
In 1919 The Cabinet of Dr Caligari revolutionized a whole new school of film-making in Germany with its presentation of the contorted inner world of a madman. Throughout the 1920s many directors, including Paul Leni, created projects under its expressionist influence.
Waxworks is a collection of three stories. A young writer (Dieterle) is employed by a carnival sideshow wax museum to write stories about several of their figures: a Baghdad Caliph, Ivan the Terrible, and a serial killer. As he writes, the film segues into the story the writer invents.
The longest story concerns Harun al Raschid, a Caliph of Baghdad who falls in love with a baker's wife and then seeks to take her for his own. The second story is a fantasy suggested by Russian ruler Ivan the Terrible, who delights in poisoning prisoners but finds himself fearful of his highly gifted poison-mixer. The last story, the most famous and the shortest, is the story of Spring heeled Jack or Jack the Ripper (the killer is referred to as both), a menacing killer who slowly stalks his terrified victims.
Waxworks is a great film filled with great imagery. A must see, particularly for lovers of silent film.