village of the damned (1960)

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31 Favorite Horror Movies

#29. Waxwork (1988)

Directed by Anthony Hickox

A wax museum owner uses his horror exhibits to unleash evil on the world.

Quotes

  • Velcome to the Vaxvork.- Hans
  • They’ll make a movie about anything nowadays. - Mr. Lincoln
  • I do what I want when I want. Dig it or fuck off. - China
  • Raw meat. You do like raw meat? - Dracula

Trivia

  • There were three characters that were supposed to be displays in the Waxwork, but left out of the film for legal reasons: Jason Vorhees from Friday the 13th (1980), five children from Village of the Damned (1960), and the Thing.
  • Michael Gough. Christopher Lee, Peter Cushing and Donald Pleasence were all possibles for the cameo role of Sir Wilfrid.
  • 18 wax horror exhibits are seen, including: - Count Dracula - the Phantom of the Opera - a witch - the Marquis De Sade - a werewolf - a mummy - a voodoo priest - a zombie - an urban legend killer (an axe murderer) - the Invisible Man - Frankenstein’s monster - an Invasion of the Body Snatchers (1956) pod - a demonic baby (from It’s Alive (1974) - an alien creature - a “cobra-man” circus freak - Jack the Ripper - Mr. Hyde - and a Golem.
  • Kane Hodder, who did stunt work for the movie, also had an uncredited role in the film as Frankenstein’s monster.
Was Claudia Stilinski murdered?

In “Anchors”, Sheriff Stilinski goes to Mr. Tate believing Malia coyote’d out and killed her mother and sister to death. In order to pass that off, he says he’s reopening the case because there’s evidence they were murdered.

We get this line…

Mr Tate: I don’t want to redefine this entire nightmare as an unsolved murder. 

Teen Wolf functions on bigger circles that repeat smaller circles, and you can farm scenes or episodes for clues that apply to longer story arcs. (Like, “Chaos Rising”/”Fireflies” function as a mini-3B.)

In “Anchors”/”More Bad Than Good” Stiles understands Malia’s thinking based on his own looming, unexplained guilt over his mother’s death introduced through his hallucination in “Party Guessed”. Stiles spends a lot of 3B in impaired states of consciousness — in nightmare.

He brings flowers for his mom’s grave to the Sheriff’s station in “Anchors” and we get this piece of dialogue:

Sheriff: I’ve been looking over some old cases from a more illuminated perspective, if you know what I mean. 

Stiles: Dad, you’re not going back through all your old cases seeing if any of them had something to do with the supernatural, are you?
Sheriff: I admit the recent opening of my eyes to the greater mysteries of the universe has got me reassessing. There’s at least 100 cases here where I look at the details and I can ask myself, “If I knew then what I know now”
Stiles: Right, but are you sure you wanna go down that path?

Then, in “Echo House”, we get:

Morrell: Guilt. What does it make you feel?
Stiles: Nervous.
Morrell: Like a sense of urgency? You feel an urgent need to make up for something you’ve done…

Morrell: …to apologize.

Stiles has nogitsune sized guilt about one thing. Suddenly, I’m, uh, reframing the whole nightmare as an unsolved murder.

Okay. So, does anything else point to this? 

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At the beginning of “The Fox and the Wolf”, Stiles appears at the school demanding Noshiko’s last tail-invested kaiken from Mr. Yukimura. I’m sure this is Stiles, because dude quotes Sin City.

Stiles: You’ll talk. They all talk.

Marv [narration]: Connely talks. They all talk.

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