Robert Kurtzman‘s Wishmaster (1997) is one extremely gory and gruesome movie. Some very big horror icons also make appearances in Wishmaster like Robert Englund, Kane Hodder and Andrew Divoff. Wishmaster is also "Presented" by Wes Craven.
The demons featured in this horror movie is the Djinn (bad genie) who grants wishes with evil consequences. This demon is played in two forms, a human form and of course the Djinns natural demonic form. The Djinn must grant three wishes to the chosen one in order to bring his Djinn race back to the human world so they can terrorize mankind.
Wishmaster starts with a crazy scene of ancient Babylon where a king is about to make the final third wish to save his people from the prior two wishes gone bad. Just in time, the grand magician creates a soulstone looking gem that will seal the Djinn for the end of time. Fast forward and the Djinn is released again with the same mission.
Wishmaster had a great opening scene despite the cheesy special effects but the film goes a little downhill after that. I like the gore but sometimes it was just too much, a bittersweet reaction on my part. The plot could have been a little deeper to some extent but me being a sucker for demon movies I enjoyed it for what it was, a great attempt at a good horror movie that fell a little short in some areas.
Wishmaster is currently available on Netflix and could be a good watch in the late night. I did try to watch Wishmaster again on Netflix but I ended up stopping the movie early because of the gore factor, was not in the mood at the time.
About Wishmaster (1997)
Starring: Robert Englund, Kane Hodder, Ted Raimi, Tony Todd, George 'Buck' Flower, Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister, Jake McKinnon, Ricco Ross, Andrew Divoff, Dan Hicks, Walter Phelan, Joseph Pilato, Jenny O'Hara, Greg Funk, Peter Liapis, Jean St. James, Verne Troyer, Frank Nicotero, Chris Lemmon, Brian Klugman, Ari Barak, Richard Assad, Tom Kendall, Ashley Power, Tammy Lauren, Wendy Benson-Landes, Tony Crane, John Byner, Gretchen Palmer
Director: Robert Kurtzman