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Wishmaster/Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies (1999)

Holly Fields , Chris Weber , Jack Sholder  |  R |  DVD
3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Holly Fields, Chris Weber, Al Foster, Andrew Divoff, Vyto Ruginis
  • Directors: Jack Sholder
  • Writers: Jack Sholder, Peter Atkins
  • Producers: Robert Lansing Parker, Tony Amatullo
  • Format: Anamorphic, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 5.1)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.85:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Live/Artisan
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2001
  • Run Time: 96 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (67 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: 6305493863
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #385,364 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Wishmaster/Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies" on IMDb

Special Features

  • Double Feature: Wishmaster (1997, 90 min.), Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies (1999, 96 min.)
  • Animated Interactive Menus
  • Documentary
  • Behind-the-scenes Footage

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17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Divoff makes them worth watching! May 22, 2002
Format:DVD
Yeah, I admit it, they're guilty pleasures. Wishmaster and Wishmaster 2 are low-budget horror films featuring a malevolent genie (definitely not of the Robin Williams variety) who grants people's wishes in wickedly ironic ways, then steals their souls. The scripts are comic-book thin, basically an excuse for us to see what horrible but unintended wish the genie will grant next. You'd think one movie like this would be enough.
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.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars "I Can Smell Your Fear......." May 31, 2004
By CreepyT
Format:DVD
In the first Wishmaster movie, we are introduced to the Djinn, an evil genie that has a great amount of power, yet it can only be used in the form of granting wishes. Of course, his wishes do not come without a price. When the person who has awoken the Djinn makes a third and final wish, a doorway between a world of evil and the world as we know it opens, allowing the army of the Djinn free reign of the Earth and it's inhabitants. In this first film, a gem specialist named Alexandra comes across the huge fire opal in which the Djinn resides, and upon inspecting the opal awakens the Djinn (Andrew Divoff). As people's souls are being stolen, and lives are being taken by the Djinn, she investigates the Persian legends behind the creature in hopes of finding a way to defeat him and send him back into the confines of the fire opal. Will she prevail, or will human greed win her conscience and cause her to make all three wishes?
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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Black comedy for those with a sadistic sense of humor September 27, 1999
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I first saw Wishmaster at a midnight screening at the London Trocadero in summer 1998. I had been awake for nearly 24 hours but needed to kill some time. I was only 17, not old enough to get into the 18-rated movie, and it scared the hell out of me.

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.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Double Bill April 6, 2005
Format:DVD
This is a Great double Bill with the original WISHMASTER creating the ambience which Divoff carries over to the second film. The Cast in WISHMASTER is great, Ted Raimi, Robert Englund, Tony Todd,Kane Hodder ( the only GREAT "Jason"), and appearances by a special FX team ( who must have appeared for scale I guess :-), and this is the same team who created the masterful opening sequence of the first film. The whole purpose of the Djinn is gradually revealed as the body count mounts, and as Alex realises that she is inexorably tied to the essence of the Djinn, until she finally knows that she holds the solution to the problem of the Djinn in the very thing that the Djinn wants to use to destroy the world; Will Alex triumph ? Of Course, we have Three Sequels :-)

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.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Great buy
Love the movies, great buy
Published 3 months ago by jamie
5.0 out of 5 stars Anamorphic Widescreen
Artisan did an amazing job on the transfers here guys. Both Wishmaster movies are a high quality Anamorphic 1.85.1 transfers. For 6 bucks it doesn't get much better. Read more
Published 4 months ago by MikeFrett
4.0 out of 5 stars A flimsier story and a little less gore than the original, but still a...
A flimsier story and a little less gore than the original, but still this is a worthy sequel with a smaller budget that was stretched as far as possible for our entertainment. Read more
Published 6 months ago by John's Horror Corner
5.0 out of 5 stars A must for any horror fan!
I am so pleased with the first two films, as they are the epitome of late 90s supernatural horror. YES, they are silly at times; YES, some of the "irony" is painful, but... Read more
Published 6 months ago by Sammie
5.0 out of 5 stars Make your Weeeshes
This is a good deal especially since Wishmaster 2 isn't on DVD by itself. I enjoy the 1st movie more than the 2nd though. There's more cool killings going in the the 1st. Read more
Published 11 months ago by Derohn Thomas
5.0 out of 5 stars Wishmaster 2 Is Arguably The Best One Of Them All!
Andrew Divoff returned to reprise his role as the evil Djinn in this awesome sequel to Wishmaster or as I like to call it---Wishmaster 2: Wishmaster Goes To Prison. Read more
Published 12 months ago by Kane's Review
3.0 out of 5 stars corny, complete
This is a good set, and both movies are really corny fun. From what I remember, the first movie is better, but they make a good set.
Published 14 months ago by FekketCantenel
3.0 out of 5 stars boyfriend review.
i got this trash for my boyfriend, because he said it was brilliant. it looked stupid to me, so i still haven't seen it. his review, "it's brilliant".
Published 17 months ago by Holli M.
4.0 out of 5 stars I wish for someone to buy my copy Mrkish09 Mrkish2013
I liked the two that I've seen so far. Andrew as The Djinn is brilliant. Love the special effects. You can tell the producers are having fun with the wishes scenes. Read more
Published 17 months ago by Kish
5.0 out of 5 stars Must have double feature for horror fans!
Both of these movies are a real treat to any fan of horror (and they're packaged together!). Andrew D. Read more
Published 21 months ago by Bobby J.
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