Thursday, August 28, 2014

Wishmaster (1997)

Director: Robert Kurtzman

Writer: Peter Atkins

Composer: Harry Manfredini

Starring: Tammy Lauren, Andrew Divoff, Robert Englund, Chris Lemmon, Wendy Benson-Landes, Tony Crane, Jenny O'Hara, Kane Hodder, Tony Todd, Ricco Ross, John Byner, George 'Buck' Flower, Gretchen Palmer, Ted Raimi, Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister, Joseph Pilato, Verne Troyer

More info: IMDb

Tagline: Be careful what you wish for.

Plot: A demonic djinn attempts to grant its owner three wishes, which will allow him to summon his brethren to earth.

My rating: 6/10

Will I watch it again? No.

Not bad.  It does feel like a mix of other horror franchises like HELLRAISER (1987), A NIGHTMARE ON ELM STREET (1984) and probably something else I'm missing but it's still able to maintain it's own universe and set of rules.  My favorite fucked up wish was how Nick got his million dollars.  Divoff was fine as the grovelly-voiced Djin but he was even better as Nathaniel.  Harry Manfredini's synth score was typical of what you got back in the 80s.  It didn't help that there are lots of sudden loud bursts of music and sound effects. That was annoying as shit and had me reaching for the remote until it finally just rested in my hand ready to raise or lower the volume.  That's inexcusable.  I suppose it could be the DVD transfer was mixed poorly but I doubt it.  The Lionsgate disc I've got has a 25-minute making of documentary, an audio commentary and the teaser and trailer for the film.  I'm yard sellin' this bitch.

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