Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies (1999)

Posted: September 7, 2013 in Movie Review
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Wishmaster 2

Directed By: Jack Sholder

Starring: Andrew Divoff, Holly Fields, Paul Johansson, Bokeem Woodbine, Rhino Michaels, James Kim, Simon Kim, Oleg Vidow, Tiny Lister

Subgenre: Demons, Supernatural

Synopsis: The Djinn is back, and gets busy collecting souls to fulfill the prophecy.

Thoughts: Since the dawn of the horror genre, sequels have been inevitable when a movie has any semblance of success.  It’s been this way since the 30s with the Universal movies and continued on throughout the 20th century, so it wasn’t a surprise when Wishmaster 2 was released for horror fans viewing pleasure.

This time around the storyline is essentially the same with the Djinn collecting souls to bring about the end of the world as we know it.  The difference in the sequel is that the Djinn is wising up and first heads to prison to collect souls, and then to a casino.  I’m not sure I could think of any better locales for desperate souls.

While the cast in the sequel doesn’t have the horror appeal of the first movie, Andrew Divoff returns as The Djinn, complete with the most evil smile in Hollywood. I really enjoyed him in this role through both movies.  The lead in this movie, Holly Fields, was pretty decent, but not quite as good Tammy Lauren in the original.  The rest of the cast was pretty weak, often times coming off as comedic when I don’t think they were intended to be.

There was a dark comedic vein to the first movie, which works with the subject matter.  The way the Djinn twists the wishes of his victims lends itself to that.  However, almost all of the supporting characters came off as over the top in Wishmaster 2.  The only exemption is Holly Fields and Paul Johansson, who plays the priest helping to stop the Djinn.

Director Jack Sholder’s career started off to a great start in 1982 with Alone in the Dark.  He followed that up with a sequel to one of the 80s greatest horror movies in A Nightmare on Elm Street. Since then, his career has consisted of a lot of b-horror and direct to video shlock.  Not that that is a bad thing, but it sure seems like his career started at its peak.  Wishmaster 2 is about the most recognizable movie in his filmography after his first two efforts.

Wishmaster 2 isn’t the best sequel out there, but it still has Andrew Divoff and some pretty laugh out loud moments (the convict that wishes his lawyer would go fuck himself?), so I think it’s worth a watch, especially if you liked the first movie.

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