“I don’t need you dead…. I just need you to wish you were.”
Story: Genies (aka Djinn) are awesome right? But not so fast – they’re not Barbara Eden. In fact, if you get a Djinn to give you three wishes and you use that third wish? The Djinn is free, and it’s end of the world time. Cue a Gemologist who polishes the wrong stone, and… Oops.
Scares: Tons of the fun jump variety. The over-the-top retro music score, early CGI, and on-screen low budget explosions adds to the campy fun. The Djinn himself is suitably creepy (even if at first he looks like a big-headed baby Metaluna alien from This Island Earth.)
Splat factor: Lots of fun B-Movie gore FX.
Closing scene “shocker”: Nup.
Remake, Sequel or OG (Original Ghoul): first in the Wishmaster series.
Trick or Treat: This is pure camp majesty. Glorious. Wishmaster came out in 1997, but except for a slightly higher level of production design, it got the feel of 80s series horror. Cameos from a whole lot of 80s and 90s genre favorites give things a fun touch.
Is it good? Um, it’s your garden variety late 20th century mass produced horror. But with a fun mythology twist that keeps things interesting even though it’s “find the girl” horror. (Got that?)
You know what you’re getting, and the actors are all in, so just go along for the crazy, clichéd ride. If you haven’t seen this already, and dig fun 90s horror, snap this up.
Score: out of 5 pumpkins.