Nightmare in Wax (Crimes in the Wax Museum) Reviews
NIGHTMARE IN WAX : Starring cult movie star Cameron Mitchell in this blatant rip off of MYSTERY OF THE WAX WORKS MUSEUM / HOUSE OF WAX , this forgotten Drive-In movie is a mildly entertaining film. The plot sees a deranged Hollywood Make up Artist (Mitchell) seek a vendetta against the studio boss who disfigured him. The Artists revenge plan is to kidnap the stars of the Studio Boss and turn them into displays in his wax works museum. Before too long his next targets are the Boss and his ex-fiancée.
THOUGHTS; with a decent performance by Mitchell and a plot that owes a lot to classic horror films; NIGHTMARE IN WAX isn't a bad film. Sadly it is just plain average. How is this achieved well thanks to the most clichéd end twist in cinema history which the title so subtlety implies. My rating for this film is a solid 50%.
Out plot has a madman running a Hollywood based wax museum attraction, only he uses live people as his "wax" creations. It seems years ago our wax artist was engaged to a beautiful actress but her manager wasn't too thrilled and in a fit of rage throws a full class of wine into our artists face while he is smoking a cigarette, setting him ablaze! This sequence is unintentionally hilarious! He survives, scarred up and wearing a patch wreaking revenge on the Hollywood types.
This is truly Z grade material and everything about this film is bottom line, except for our wax artist played by genre great Cameron Mitchell. His the ONLY thing that makes this film actually watchable, shitty makeup and all. The rest is just hogwash with bad acting, novice directing, and the absolutely dumbest cops ever to disgrace a horror film. Perhaps the dumbest aspect of the film is that our wax artist doesn't kill people and then preserve their corpses as wax figures, he instead injects them with some sort of serum in that paralyzes them. He then posses them ALIVE in his wax museum. This is where the ridiculous plot element kicks in as the serum gives out when the victims are exposed to electricity. Cue in the electrical storm and predictably we have our wax figures rise up to take revenge on their "artist."
Fans of Z-grand material will enjoy and I will admit it kept my attention but that doesn't hide the fact this is a very poorly made film. The reputation of the wax museum being a respectable horror setting was tarnished until the release of Waxwork in 1988 brought it back to its former glory... that is until that fucking second House of Wax remake infected theaters in 2005!