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Wishmaster (1997)

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

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Shannon Amberson (as Wendy Benson)
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Lt. Nathanson
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Doug Clegg
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Homeless Man (as Buck Flower)
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Ed Finney
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In the beginning of the times, God created life into universe: light gave birth to angels, earth to men and fire to djin, creatures condemned to dwell in the void between the worlds. One who wakes a djin shall be given three wishes. Upon granting the third, an unholy legion of djins are freed through a doorway between the worlds upon the Earth. In 1127 A.D., in Persia, a sorcerer lures and traps a powerful Djinn in the stone of secret fire. In the present days, a drunken crane operator drops the valuable statue of Ahura Mazda over the assistant of Raymond Beaumont on the harbor, and one worker finds the huge and priceless opal red stone where Djin is seized. Alexandra Amberson, who works in an auction house, receives the stone for evaluation and accidentally awakes Djin. The evil creature is released later, charges the stone with people souls and feeds with their fears, while chasing Alexandra to force to make three wishes and unleash the demoniac fiends upon Earth. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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Be careful what you wish for. See more »

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Fantasy | Horror

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Rated R for horror violence and gore, and for language | See all certifications »

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19 September 1997 (USA)  »

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Wes Craven's Wishmaster  »

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$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$6,038,516 (USA) (19 September 1997)

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$15,719,109 (USA) (28 November 1997)
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1.37 : 1
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Characters named Finney, Beaumont, Derleth and Merritt are all references to early 20th century science fiction or horror writers - Jack Finney, Charles Beaumont, August Derleth, and Abraham Merritt. See more »

Goofs

When the security guard orders the Djinn to leave, he goes away with discontent, but then the guard says that would love to see how Djinn'd go through him. Djinn fulfills the desire. But this is impossible, as ordinary people have the right for only one wish. The first was fulfilled when the genie was gone. To go through a security guard - is the second wish. See more »

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Narrator: Once, in a time before time, God breathed life into the universe. And the light gave birth to Angels. And the earth gave birth to Man. And the fire gave birth to the Djinn, creatures condemned to dwell in the void between the worlds. One who wakes a Djinn will be given three wishes. Upon the granting of the third, the unholy legions of the Djinn will be freed to rule the earth. Fear one thing in all there is... FEAR THE DJINN.
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Crazy Credits

At the end of the credits, the Djinn says "Careful what you wish for." See more »

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References Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) See more »

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Listen to the Heart
Written by Lemmy (as Lemmy Kilmister)
Performed by Motörhead
Courtesy of Belleview Sunshine Tours
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Entertaining...
28 August 2007 | by (Uppsala, Sweden) – See all my reviews

This was one of my first horror movies (one of many). I first saw it when I was eleven. Back then it was extremely scary, but now, nine years later, it still had those "peekaboo"-moments.

If you want a scary and well made horror movie with a thrilling plot, this is not something for you. But if you want a gory, humorers and easygoing b-movie, this is just what you are looking for.

Although I usually like extremely complex plots, I also like watching movies with plots a three-year old could come up with - like Wishmaster and most action movies. The heroine is cliché - traumatizing past, strong and willful, protective older sister to an impulsive younger. The djinn is also quite cliché, with his cunning and evil ways. He has "I am not going to succeed in my evil quest to enslave mankind" written all over his face.

The movie is all about gruesome and gory things happening to people. Most things that happen are funny and gory. It's not like those movies that look away when the blade meets the neck - here we see everything, the camera even stays to show us what it looks like afterward.

Entertaining - but not much more.


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