Written by: John Edward Betancourt
There are some films that more or less tell the story in one motion picture. The characters learn what they need to learn, the story is more or less resolved and even then...sometimes the mystery of not having the story resolved is in its own special way the closure we need.
But in horror, this is rarely the case. There is always a way to resurrect the monster or the evil, whether we like it or not. One such film that managed to continue the story when it more or less seemed to be wrapped up was Waxwork II: Lost in Time.
After the events of the wax museum, something has survived and it has followed one of the survivors home, brutally killing Sarah's stepfather before being destroyed. Now facing jail time for a crime she didn't commit and the evidence missing, the only other survivor from the museum, Mark, helps her search for a way to clear her name. But her salvation will not come easy, for their search will take them through time and space...
I guess this film is a case of slap the title on a totally different idea and magically try to bind it to the last movie. Because, there is no Wax or museum in this film outside of a recap of the events of the first film. I mean, come on, they travel through time, and not through various wax museums.
In fact, the homage concept that was featured in the first film, is amplified in this film and explained away as the stories we know and love exist in pocket dimensions throughout time, and we are treated to reenactments of many a horror classic, including Dawn of the Dead.
But all awesome homages and valiant attempts to liven up the concept of the film aside, this is a rough, rough sequel. Already the fact that the core concept disappears hurts this flick, and the over the top campiness and odd idea of traveling through time or, dimensions into our favorite horror stories is a little confusing, especially when the title says Lost in Time.
This is more of a must see for B movie lovers who require a healthy dose of cheese and make sure you keep your eyes peeled for an awesome couple of cameos from Star Trek: The Next Generation's Marina Sirtis (Counselor Troi) and the legendary Bruce Campbell, seriously, I'm not joking, Bruce Campbell is in this. Here's proof.
If anything, Bruce is worth the price of the DVD alone, but outside of that, this is pretty standard direct to video 1980's horror fare. Enjoy the homages, enjoy sir Bruce and once again, make sure you go in expecting nothing...