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Wishmaster (1997)



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An evil genie, the Djinn (Andrew Divoff), escapes from an ancient statue and wreaks havoc in this horror film from director Robert Kurtzman. The devious Djinn can regain human form permanently if he grants someone three wishes. The Djinn at first is trapped in a statue, which falls and cracks open when a drunken worker unloads it from a ship. The genie is inside a precious gem that a puzzled pawnbroker gives to university gemologist Josh (Tony Crane). The Djinn kills Josh, and Josh's friend and colleague Alexandra Amberson (Tammy Lauren), who had been resisting Josh's romantic advances, sets out to find the killer. She follows a trail of carnage, and she soon learns the truth about the genie from anthropologist Wendy Derleth (Jenny O'Hara). The Djinn presents itself to Alexandra, who resists his seductive offers to grant wishes, but then the fiend sets his sights on Shannon (Wendy Benson), Alexandra's younger sister. The genie makes his final stand to grant a third wish at a party where antiquities collector Anthony Beaumont (Robert Englund) is displaying the statue.more
Rating: R (adult situations/language, sex, violence)
Genre: Drama, Horror, Science Fiction & Fantasy
Directed By:
Written By: Pierre David, Peter Atkins
In Theaters:
On DVD: Jul 25, 2000
Live Home Video


Tammy Lauren
as Alexandra Amberson
Andrew Divoff
as Djinn/Nathaniel Deme...
Tony Todd
as Johnny Valentine
Kane Hodder
as Merritt's Guard
Wendy Benson
as Shannon
Angus Scrimm
as Narrator
Ari Barak
as Zoroaster
Jake McKinnon
as Skeleton Man
Greg Funk
as Snake Man
Richard Assad
as Persian King
Ted Raimi
as Ed Finney
Danny Hicks
as Customs Official
Josef Pilato
as Mickey Torelli
Tom Kendall
as Etchison
John Byner
as Doug Clegg
Verne Troyer
as Creature Stage No. 1
Walter Phelan
as Creature Stage No. 2
Ricco Ross
as Lt. Nathanson
Reggie Bannister
as Pharmacist
Peter Liapis
as Pharmacy Customer No...
Frank Nicotero
as Pharmacy Customer No...
Brian Klugman
as Medical Student
Jean St. James
as Female Customer
Azita Azar
as Student With Mask
Joe Svezia
as Uniformed Cop
Dennis Hayden
as Security Guard
Betty McGuire
as Mrs. Merritt
Renee Faia
as Insurance Assistant
Cyndi Pass
as Glass Woman
Howard Berger
as Party Guard No. 1
Robert Jacob
as Party Guard No. 2
Brad Mead
as Cop at Blackwood
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Critic Reviews for Wishmaster

All Critics (33) | Top Critics (9)

An extravaganza of bad special effects and worse acting

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
San Francisco Chronicle
Top Critic

It will be of interest to none but goreheads, who are likely to find the gore rather cheesy.

January 1, 2000
Houston Chronicle
Top Critic

My best advice to anyone reading this review -- even someone who considers himself or herself a fan of horror movies -- is to stay away.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Top Critic

Includes an all-star horror cast.

Full Review… | January 1, 2000
Washington Post
Top Critic

Full Review… | September 7, 2011
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

Very kick ass

February 21, 2008

Audience Reviews for Wishmaster

Wishmaster is an interesting idea for a horror flick. The film presents the viewer with the plot of an evil genie who grants you three wishes, but destroys your life without you enjoying what you desire. The actor playing the Djinn, Andrew Divoff is good here, and he makes the film better. The film tends to rely on excessive violence and gore to create the horror. In some way it tries to elevate the film a bit. However, it doesn't really work at times. This is still entertaining for what it is, but the script does show its limitations, and you know that it could have been much better. With this film they just stuck with a traditional formula for horror violence, instead of exploring further the concept of an evil genie. I think the film at times lacked focus, and it brought it down a notch. If you're looking for a good film, then this is it. However don't expect anything remarkable. With its interesting idea, I was surprised how under developed the film was. I felt that it was a good flick, but it lacked something to really make it stand out, and be of real interest for horror fans. Expect something good with this one, and you may not be disappointed. Despite its interesting idea, Wishmaster ends up just being another gore induced horror flick. Though entertaining, this could have been a far better film too. For what it is, this is a mindless horror film worth watching because of its interesting ideas. However, you are left wanting more out of this film as well. Aside from lots of gore, which may appeal to the gore hounds out there, this film doesn't offer anything really remarkable in terms of genuine chills and terror.

Alex roy

Super Reviewer

The director began as a makeup artist ... which means lotsa makeup effects, lots of them (its the reason for the film), but with a lame-o script there's not a lot of reasons for them. Still the premise is good even if the execution leaves a lot to be desired, and so its a good night with a bad movie.

Kevin M. Williams

Super Reviewer

A fun idea for a new slasher premise, at least 3 sequels were made. The SFX do look a bit dated now and the gore effects, along with a lot of elements to the film do look a little low budget. With Wes Craven as exec producer and starring Robert Englund and cameos by Tony Todd and Kane Hodder adds a few nice touches for the horror fans. Andrew Divoff plays the evil Djinn very well and with a dark sense of humour. It is a bit cheesy but has a certain charm to it, one for gore fans and horror buffs will enjoy it more than most.

Dean King

Super Reviewer

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