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Wishmaster (1997)

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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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Robert Kurtzman

Writer:

Peter Atkins
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Tammy Lauren ... Alexandra Amberson
Andrew Divoff ... The Djinn / Nathaniel Demerest
Robert Englund ... Raymond Beaumont
Chris Lemmon ... Nick Merritt
Wendy Benson-Landes ... Shannon Amberson (as Wendy Benson)
Tony Crane ... Josh Aickman
Jenny O'Hara ... Wendy Derleth
Kane Hodder ... Merritt's Guard
Tony Todd ... Johnny Valentine
Ricco Ross ... Lt. Nathanson
John Byner ... Doug Clegg
George 'Buck' Flower ... Homeless Man (as Buck Flower)
Gretchen Palmer ... Ariella
Ted Raimi ... Ed Finney
Angus Scrimm ... Narrator (voice)
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Storyline

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

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis

Taglines:

Beg For Your Life, Pray For Your Soul, But Whatever You Do... Don't Make A Wish! See more »

Genres:

Fantasy | Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

Parents Guide:

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Details

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

19 September 1997 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Wes Craven's Wishmaster See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$6,038,516, 21 September 1997, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$15,719,109, 30 November 1997
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DTS | Dolby Digital | SDDS

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Tony Todd: as museum doorman at museum gala, Johnny Valentine. See more »

Goofs

(at around 48 mins) As the Djinn enters Merritt's office, he is smoking and his cigarette is in his left hand, but when he sits down, it is in his right hand. See more »

Quotes

[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 »

Connections

Referenced in Evil on Queen Street (2002) See more »

Soundtracks

Crossing Rivers
Written by Dito Montiel (as Orlando Monria) and Daniel Hulsizer (as Danny Hulsizer)
Performed by Southpaw
Courtesy of Hit & Run Music
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Fun, gory slasher thrill-ride
16 March 2006 | by VampenguinSee all my reviews

Right from the opening lines by Angus Scrimm, I knew that I was going to love this movie. It doesn't bother to waste any time, gets right to the good stuff within the first few minutes of the film. The gore, which is quite plentiful, reminded me of a mix of Hellraiser and In the Mouth of Madness, which is certainly a good thing. I had a lot of fun playing "spot the horror star" throughout the film; in case you didn't already know, this is loaded with cameos! It also has it's share of references to The Exorcist...the homeless man's line about being an old alter boy, the Pazuzu statues, etc. I thought that was a nice touch, to be honest. Divoff created a classic horror villain, his voice and mannerisms were spot-on. Creepy and beyond cool, he fits right in among Freddy, Jason, Myers or Pinhead. My one problem with the film was the psychic girl. Why oh why did they need to cheapen this film by making her "psychic"? Oh well, it didn't detract too much, I guess. Overall, this is a great film if you like a nice, gory, somewhat original slasher flick.

8.5/10


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