Friday the 13th: The Series

Season 2 Episode 7

Wax Magic

Aired Unknown Nov 18, 1988 on
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An eccentric wax sculptor and his wife tour with a carnival. Not so coincidentally, a series of ax murders follow the carnival and the "Hall of Horrors" wax museum the sculptor runs. Ryan falls for the wife, only to eventually learn that she had actually rejected the sculptor...who killed her and turned her into a wax statue. Now he uses a cursed handkerchief to reanimate her and force her to love him. However, she must be sent out to kill to maintain the curse. Ultimately, the wife, realizing what she has become, kills herself and her "husband" in a flaming tent.moreless

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  • People Wax What They Sow

    Micki is out of town, leaving Ryan and Jack to visit the local carnival, where they just happen to bump into a cursed object-led killing spree.

    Years ago, an abusive, but gifted, wax sculptor killed the woman he loved, after she rejected his advances,and brought her back to life, in a more submissive form, as a cursed wax creation. The only way to keep his creation alive, who suffers from chronic migraine headaches, is to command her to kill people.

    Ryan meets and falls for this wax woman, initially unaware of her true nature. The fact that he (technically) has a girlfriend and that the woman he meets at the carnival is (technically) married does not seem to be particularly bothersome to Ryan.

    OK, their are certainly things to nit pick about this episode. Overall it is a great episode that manages to be suspenseful and tragic. The wax woman is an innocent victim in all of this, who slowly regains her memories as she is commanded to kill in order to stay alive. You truly feel for her and for Ryan.

    This is also one of the more bloody episodes and the wax effects,especially when the wax woman takes her own life, are impressive. At the time they were also probably pushing the 'mature' content envelope for television.moreless

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