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Wishmaster (1997)

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> Wishmaster (1997)
> Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies (1999)
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Director:
Robert Kurtzman Robert Kurtzman
Starring:
Tammy Lauren Tammy Lauren
Andrew Divoff Andrew Divoff
Robert Englund Robert Englund
Chris Lemmon Chris Lemmon
Wendy Benson-Landes Wendy Benson-Landes

6.0 / 10 - Overall Rating

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Genres: Creature Film, Horror, Supernatural Horror
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Review by Chad
Added: April 23, 2004
Nine hundred years ago, the Djinn in question raised some serious hell at a party, and was imprisoned inside an opal and shoved in some statue. Now, whomever releases him from his bindings gets three wishes; after the third wish, the Djinn's will be able to take over the world. So, fast forward to modern times, and it just so happens that this particular statue is being transported to some rich guys pad. Things don't quite go as smooth as planned, however, and the statue is broken... releasing the gem, which is snagged by a local construction guy, who pawns it off, and the pawnshop guy sells it to an auction-house, who has their best appraiser appraise it, and in doing so, she lets the Djinn out. Phew, long chain there. So now, the Djinn needs to track down the woman that freed him, as she's the one who needs to make the three wishes; but along the way, he grants single wishes to random people he encounters in exchange for their souls. He twists their wish around, grants it, then he gets their soul. Oh, the horror!

The premise here was quite nice. To the best of my knowledge, there hasn't been too many Djinn (or Genie) horror flicks (not counting the sequels to this), so originality does factor into the equation. The ways the Djinn would twist the words around in order to kill people was quite amusing, such as the scene where the security guard tells him that "I'd like to see you get through me", to which the Djinn makes the guy part of the glass and literally, goes through him. Quite a few nice scenes along those lines.

The special effects here was another thing I thought I'd mention. In some scenes, especially the opening party scene, things are excellently done; however, when they whip out the CGI effects, things just go to hell. In that scene I just described above, things looked quite nice, until the glass shatters... at that point, it looks almost cartoonish. Some better computer work or CGI-alternatives would have went a long ways in this movie. The execution methods were pretty nice, especially, again, in the opening party scene. That was quite the good opener, if you couldn't tell. I had a fairly large gripe with the acting of Alexandra, as she's not very good at what she does. But alas, it didn't hurt the movie too much in the end.

One last thing I'd like to point out. In this movie, Robert Englund plays a rich old antiques collector. The Djinn kills him. Kane Hodder has a small cameo as the security guard mentioned above. The Djinn, as you may have read, kills him. Tony Todd is another cameo, playing another security guard. Again, offed by the Djinn. What's this mean? Wishmaster killed off Freddy Kruger, Jason Voorhees, and Candyman in one movie. Talk about a grand achievement there.

Overall, pretty nice movie, I enjoyed it. 7/10.
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QuietMan #1: QuietMan - added 01/21/2007, 12:33 PM
Favorite part is him making that guy blind cuz he wishes he "didn't just see that"
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