I recently caught this on TV and really enjoyed it. I wasn't expecting much, particularly after enduring
some real Clunkers recently.(See my recent 1 star reviews) Chuck Connors is the "Star" of the film, and I've
always admired old Chuck since seeing him in "The Big Country" (now THERE was a Western) In this one he takes a rather different persona than we normally associate with him. A slightly shambling, amiable, (at first)owner of a
waxwork museum out in the sticks where a bunch of youngsters break down (as they do) and he takes them in.
Unfortunately, there is a brother involved who is not so philanthropic towards strangers. Chuck has a special "gift", He has telekinetic powers that enables him to move objects, including his manikins,at will.
Don't ask how he got this gift, we aren't told and it doesn't matter. It is highly entertaining just to see him
twitching his facial muscles, rolling his eyes, and watching these scary waxworks act on cue.
That's the thing about waxworks,dummies and facial masks. A good director can manipulate them to create a far
scarier atmosphere than the usual gore fest produces in low budget films of this ilk. A slight shift in posture, a roll of the eyes, a turn of the head,all can chill the viewer far more than some clown chasing around with a big knife. It all happens here.The waxwork/mannikins are superb, and just WHO is it behind that awful grotesque mask?
The ending is very enigmatic. I'm still trying to work it out, but that's all part of the fun.
All in all, I would recommend this to anyone who gets a chill down the spine at the thought of malevolent dummies
and scary people in weird masks. These days it takes an awful lot in a horror film to hold me for 90 mins.
This one did!