Score: 7 Out Of 10
I had some pretty low expectations for this movie. I watched the trailer and thought, 'this is gonna be all kinds of lame.' But I was pleasantly surprised when the opening sequence actually drew me in. "Wishmaster (1997)" was directed by Robert Kurtzman and stars Tammy Lauren, Andrew Divoff and Robert Englund (of Freddy Kruger fame). Also keep an eye out for Kane Hodder (Jason Vorhees) and Tony Todd (Candy Man). The film tells the story of an evil genie (or a Djinn; BTW, check out the Wikipedia page for these guys. pretty interesting stuff) who is trapped in a gem stone in ancient Persia, then is released in present times (actually about seventeen years ago) to cause havoc by twisting peoples wishes around in a classic style. The story really opens the door for some really cool creature effects. Also I like that the movie starts by showing you some pretty awesome effects. I just really appreciate how much time and effort goes into making really good, believable looking monsters. Especially the look of the Djinn himself (some pretty solid acting on the part of Andrew Divoff does not hurt either).
The other side of the special effects coin is that there is some pretty terrible CGI in play here as well. I fell like you can not blame budget constraints for bad computer effects, though. They had about five million dollars to play with. I think this is a case of computer generated imagery not being as good as we remember it being in the mid to late nineties. All that aside, this is a pretty good horror flick. I say turn out the lights, pop some popcorn and spend an hour and a half daydreaming about the wishes you would make.
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