Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies Reviews
but Andrew Divoff's return as the Djinn makes the movie worth sitting through
the effects seem very cheap here for some reason as the filmmakers intended which does disappoint, although they don't half-ass the gore
still, it's not the worst of the series, that's not til #3
and of course #4 is still tolerable
this could have been the next great horror franchise but it just keeps limping sadly on it's own feet
First of all, the special affects are downright awful. I could buy a better demon mask from a preschooler working on an art project. The deaths were unrealistic too, particularly the "bee" death at the casino.
Maybe this movie would be better if it was a comedy, because I found myself and my siblings unintentionally laughing the whole time. In fact there was one scene where the evil Djinn picks up a rock, makes it disappear and says "Magic!". For no reason at all! Did the director just think "Do you wanna know what this movie needs? A evil demon making a rock disappear and say magic for no particular reason at all!"
The deaths are unintentionally funny to. Like the scene where the inmate wants to get "wasted" so the demon makes his fellow inmated kick him to death? Lame, lame, lame, lame LAME!!!
Bottom line, this is a pretty bad horror film. Pretty, pretty bad.
Wishmaster was already made on a really low-budget. And I thought they did great things with it. Imaginative gore, a good story, and a new villain everyone loved. So, you can imagine what an even lower-budget did to the sequel. Good gore scenes? No. There‚(TM)s hardly any blood in it at all. The only death scene I can even remember is where the lawyer fucks himself in the ass. That was laugh-out-loud hilarious. But that‚(TM)s all I can remember that stood out. And I just watched this. The screenplay is also terrible. Horrible pacing. The lead character‚(TM)s journey into researching the Djinn mirrors what the character did in the original. And when we keep getting back to that through most of the movie it bored me to tears. Also, she‚(TM)s an ugly dog compared to the hot babe in the original.
If the film has any saving grace it‚(TM)d be the return of the charismatic, likeable, and handsome Andrew Divoff as the Wishmaster. Even though his great dialogue (those awesome, evil one-liners) is pretty much non-existent due to bad writing the guy‚(TM)s still fun to watch. He even gets to speak a bit of Russian in this one (I looked him up, Divoff speaks 9 languages fluently, *AND he played the Russian Mikhail in the Lost series.) Him being in prison for most of the movie to gather souls was a good idea. There‚(TM)s some semi-interesting stuff going on there. And taking him to Vegas in the end, probably the greediest place on earth - was a good idea as well. But all that should have been totally killer and completely wasn‚(TM)t. I read that he doesn‚(TM)t come back for the sequels as the Djinn (I can‚(TM)t remember if there were 1 or 2 sequels after this). I‚(TM)d still have to see them, but I remember how horrible it was when Julien Sands didn‚(TM)t return for Warlock III. And Warlock III, also probably wasn‚(TM)t THAT bad (I‚(TM)d have to see it again.)
I still like the story, and I think they set up a great mythology in the original. After the third wish is cast, the Djinn can take over and rule the earth. Now, how bad would that be? Imagine having a Djinn as your next-door neighbor. First off, he‚(TM)d just be cool to look at (and pose for pictures with). And you could invite him over to get drunk and watch bad horror movies. He could get pissed off about the horrible gore effects too and take you out in public to show you what it‚(TM)s REALLY LIKE. That would be totally fucking awesome. I also think they could solve the problems with the economy and gas prices. I bet they wouldn‚(TM)t want to live in a crappy world either. And they‚(TM)d probably kill all the old people, and assholes. I might‚(TM)ve just made too many wishes here, but one can dream‚¶