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Wishmaster (1997)

R  |   |  Fantasy, Horror  |  19 September 1997 (USA)
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A demonic djinn attempts to grant its owner three wishes, which will allow him to summon his brethren to earth.



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Shannon Amberson (as Wendy Benson)
Lt. Nathanson
Doug Clegg
Homeless Man (as Buck Flower)
Ed Finney
Narrator (voice)


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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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Release Date:

19 September 1997 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Wes Craven's Wishmaster  »

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Box Office


$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

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


£1,303,214 (UK) (3 July 1998)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Did You Know?


Many instances of the film pay homage to the series The Twilight Zone, the characters name Beaumont (Charles Beaumont was a frequent writer of the show), the Djinn's line "going my way" when he stops Alexandra in the car is a reference to the episode "The Hitch-Hiker" where a mysterious man continually plagues a female driver with the line "I believe you're going, my way" and the scene with the shop assistant wishing for eternal beauty is transformed into a mannequin echoes the episode "The After Hours" where a female shopper is revealed to be one of the stores mannequins made human. See more »


As the camera pans down the front of the Seaside Pharmacy, on the left you can see the actor playing the bum waiting for his cue to walk across the screen. See more »


[first lines]
[first title card]
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 »


Listen to the Heart
Written by Lemmy (as Lemmy Kilmister)
Performed by Motörhead
Courtesy of Belleview Sunshine Tours
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It's only a B-movie.
14 May 2010 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Let me begin by saying this film is not as bad as it's been made out to be sure it's a gore-fest at points and yes the dialogue is cheesy but surely that is what a B-movie is meant to be? The film has more substance than sequels that seem to spawn in the realm of horror movies. The film concerns a Djinn, Arabic for genie, who escapes from a statue to wreak havoc onto the world. He can sustain a human form if he can give someone 3 wishes. Andrew Divoff is delightfully malicious as the evil Djinn. The main cast give fair performances which can only be expected in a,remember, B-Movie. At times the film tries a bit to hard to please horror fans with various winks to other horror icons, Candyman and Freddy Kruger to name a few (Tony Todd and Robert Englund, respectively). But if you want a half decent horror movie to watch and don't care too much about substance then this film will not disappoint.


A fun B-movie and a must for all horror fans. Though it does nothing to forward the genre.

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