A rather silly, yet entertaining comic horror that offers more than its fair share of cheap laughs and a quite large amounts of blood and gore. The thin plot and half ideas may have better suited a short, but if it's a variety in monsters you want then this has a good number featured in small sub-plots, though as usual with these things some are better than others while none are actually very good. There's a few famous faces popping up here and there, a good dose of quality throughout, and the direction has the feel that it was done by someone who actually cared. Overall a worthy, though not essential light-hearted sit for any 1980's horror fan.
Granted, some of the make-up, especially the werwolf, seem simple and cheap, but they were also clearly lovingly and painstakingly created by the extensive effects team. I'll take that over lazy CGI any day of the week.
Writer/director Anthony Hickox would hone his craft and become a decent B-movie maker, but the pacing in his debut feature is spotty at best. It's really his imagination as the screenwriter that shines in this. And even though there are a lot of great homages to classic films of yesteryear, this doesn't shy away from the grislier aspects of the genre.
The bright, young cast is appealing, and the epic fight that concludes it is marvelous despite (or maybe because of) the clunky choreography and clumsy camerawork. There's plenty to like in "Waxwork" despite all the obvious flaws, but I mostly admired it because its ambition is clearly larger than its budget. It's good old fashioned fun that was evidently made with great love and affection that helps you to overlook the lax pacing and familiar story.