Directed By: Robert Kurtzman

Starring: Andrew Divoff, Tammy Lauren, Robert Englund, Chris Lemmon, Kane Hodder, Tony Todd, Buck Flower, Ted Raimi, Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister, Joseph Pilato

Subgenre: Demons, Supernatural

Synopsis: An ancient Djinn is accidentally released and resumes a quest to take over the world, one soul at a time.

Thoughts: The 90’s wasn’t great for horror.  It wasn’t even really all that good, but there are some gems to be found, and this is one of my favorite from the post-slasher decade.  It brings a fresh villain but is a throwback of sorts to the slasher genre, both in its formula and its cast.

Wishmaster hit it out of the park when picking Andrew Divoff to play the titular Wishmaster.  He absolutely drips evil and that grin of his is enough to make the hair stand up on your arms.  Tammy Lauren isn’t the best final girl I’ve ever seen, but she is a pretty good foil to the Djinn.  To top that off, Wishmaster is packed with horror icons, which we all know is a recipe for success.  Robert Englund, Kane Hodder, Tony Todd, Reggie Bannister, Ted Raimi, Angus Scrimm and Joe Pilato all lend their talents to the success of Wishmaster.  It’s a lot of fun to pick them out in the movie.  Some are more obvious than others.

Wishmaster is Robert Kurtzman’s first and only foray into directing, which is both shocking and sad.  I thought he did a fantastic job and would love to see what else he can do behind the camera.  If his name sounds familiar, it’s because he is part of KNB EFX Group with Greg Nicotero and Howard Berger.  The list of movies he’s worked on reads like a must see list from the 80s to present.

KNBs involvement here explains the outstanding look of the Djinn, plus the portrayal of his “wishes” throughout the movie.  There are a couple of scenes where so many things are happening, you are sure to miss some of the carnage that these guys invented.   I understand why there is such a prevalence of CGI these days, but I sure do love seeing all these practical FX here.

Wishmaster is one of those movies that doesn’t get enough credit for being as good as it is.  It spawned 3 sequels (so far, and coming soon to the site), and it really is quite good, and a whole lot of fun.  I encourage you to check it out sooner than later if you haven’t seen it yet.


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