Wishmaster/Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies
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- Double Feature: Wishmaster (1997, 90 min.), Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies (1999, 96 min.)
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That is, until you see Andrew Divoff's performance in Wishmaster 2. This has to be one of the great horror performances in history, up there with Lugosi and Karloff's best. Get this -- Divoff spends most of the film out of makeup, with nothing but his own face to convey a sense of inhuman menace. Somehow, he pulls it off. The guy manages to look terrifyingly feral, inhumanly evil as he grins cruelly and sneers at us with a voice that is part Orson Welles, part Vincent Price. Wow! Regardless of what you think of the plot, special effects, etc., Divoff's performance makes the DVD set worth buying.
In the sequel to the aforementioned film, a few people break into the esteemed Beaumont collection and steal some valuable pieces of art. In doing so, they sound alarms and are confronted by guards. In a hurried rush to exit the building, one of the thieves knocks over a Persian sculpture (the Ahura Mazda) and finds lodged inside a huge fire opal. Morgana (Holly Fields) grabs the opal, thus awakening to Djinn to again wreak havoc on the world. Cops arrive to find the Djinn disguised as a human, and arrest him for the robbery in addition to the murders of some of the guards. During his time in jail, the Djinn tempts several inmates into making wishes. It's up to Morgana to find a way to send back the evil she unintentionally awoke.
Both of these movies are great, and are definitely some of the better films with Wes Craven's name on them.Read more ›
As we get older, fewer and fewer movies have the ability to scare us as we all get more savvy and jaded to the formulaic nature of most horror films. I don't know what it was about Wishmaster that spooked me so bad, but I've been a fan of the film ever since.
On a technical level, Wishmaster suffers from shoddy production design and direction that is barely above that of a cheap daytime soap opera. The acting is mostly appalling (with the exception of Andrew Divoff, who ravages the role of the Djinn/Demerest), and some of the dialogue is clunky. But, as a whole, the movie excels on pure energy alone. I mean, not only do you have more in-jokes than you can possibly count but even Jack the Ripper himself turns up before Lemmy sings hard rock over the closing credits.
There's so much potential, imagination, and over-the-top carnage that the film just whizzes by. A lot of the potential isn't taken full advantage of (the 90 minute runtime keeps things to the bare minimum) but it sets up enough mythology to justify three sequels, the first sequel being the only decent one, however.
The plot focuses on the Djinn, that's Wishmaster to you, and his efforts to take over the world. As you can see...it's pure hokum but it's the gory bits in between and the Djinn's wisecracking that make this movie worth the money. The Djinn will never be as infamous or as iconic as Freddy, Jason, Michael Myers etc, but that's not to say that he's not an utterly brilliant character. Divoff is absolutely perfect in the role.Read more ›
Wishmaster 2 is NOT a formulaic rebuild of the first film, but in my view is a very imaginative reconstrual, and re-presentation of the Djinn's Evil Purpose. Based on the first film, the Djinn moves again from the Statue he/it was entrapped in, and manufactures a pathway to Hell for an entire new Clientele. Divoff exudes menace, even in the presence of more physically intimidating actors ( the prison bully, and the prison guard). And in the newly modified Djinn suit, Divoff still exudes that same other-worldly quality.
Divoff manages to present a quality in his articulation of lines that makes his presence more alien, more foreign to the world of humans; yet, he does this still with an accessable, and very believable style.
Divoff makes the best of good scripts, and elevates their style in his own inimitable manner.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Forget what you've heard about Genies, these movies are about the Jinn.
In this series the Jinn are the personification of Evil. They're pure malevolence. Read more
Great little gem of a cheesy horror spin on the Djinn. Andrew Divoff delivers a delightfully hammy performance thats like Silence of the Lamb's Hannibal Lector amped up to... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Anonymous Rogue
Love it both of these movies are great wish master is the S*** !!Published 5 months ago by Amazon Customer
It's true that evil never really dies as long as you can find it on Amazon! Muahaha!Published 7 months ago by Terri DelCampo
Andrew Divoff IS the Wishmaster!!!! He's SOOO under-rated!! His acting abilities are so great, and he can speak so many languages, that I feel he's under-utilized in Hollywood. Read morePublished 9 months ago by Makeup Glamazon
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