Magically powerful and supernaturally evil, the ancient entity known as the Djinn can grant your wildest dreams — and unleash your darkest nightmares. Follow the Wishmaster’s bloodcurdling quest to devour souls and plunge the world into eternal damnation in this fright-filled collection of all four horror-fantasy favorites.
What We Thought:
The Wishmaster movies get worse as they go along, but this is still a cool collection. The first film isn’t quite a classic, but it’s good and this collection is worth getting for the first film alone.
The first film is directed by Robert Kurtzman, has special effects by Greg Nicotero (The Walking Dead), has A Nightmare on Elm Street’s Robert Englund and Andrew Divoff who would star in the first two films as the Djinn. An antique statue is broken and a red jewel is freed. It releases a Djinn who grants wishes. If the person who frees the Djinn makes 3 wishes, all Djinns are freed and can take over the world. It’s a solid 1990’s horror/thriller and the special effects are pretty fantastic. They are practical effects and you can see some of them still used today by Nicotero on The Walking Dead. There’s a scene in a police station where a cop has his jaw ripped off and you can see it happening to walkers on the hit show. The concept of the film works and the cast is solid. Worth seeing if you haven’t already.
Divoff returns for the second movie, Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies. For whatever reason he totally overacts with his face in this one. He smirks and uses his face with too much expression. It kind of bothered me actually. The plot for this one revolves around the red jewel being found in a museum heist. Divoff is the Djinn again and is freed, but this time it is more about single wishes and needing souls. He goes to prison to get souls of inmates. It’s not too bad of a horror sequel, but they get far worse as they continue on.
Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell brings the Djinn to college. A. J. Cook of Criminal Minds fame releases the Djinn now played by John Novack who takes over the body of a professor. No one believes her until people start dying. It’s pretty much your standard Straight-to-Video/Cable film of the early 2000s. There’s some nudity, some decent killings, but keep your expectations low.
Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled is kind of an odd movie. It stars Michael Trucco and like the third film, totally feels Straight-to-Video/Cable. This time the Djinn takes over the body of a lawyer (Trucco). The Djinn is released by a client of the lawyer whose husband is in a wheelchair. The Djinn wants her to make three wishes (like the first film), but when her third wish is a paradox, he kind of becomes a good guy keeping the rest of the Djinn trapped. There’s a hunter out to make the third wish happen and you can see why the franchise didn’t continue from here.
The Wishmaster Collection has a ton of bonus features and the first film is good enough to buy this whole collection. The sequels are far from great, but they are sort of campy fun at this point. I recommend picking up this new set on Blu-ray.
WISHMASTER SPECIAL FEATURES
- Audio Commentaries:
o Director Robert Kurtzman and screenwriter Peter Atkins
o Director Robert Kurtzman and stars Andrew Divoff and Tammy Lauren
- Isolated Score Selections/Audio Interview with composer Harry Manfredini
o “Out of the Bottle” – Interviews with director Robert Kurtzman and co-producer David Tripet
o “The Magic Words” – An Interview with screenwriter Peter Atkins
o “The Djinn and Alexandra” – Interviews with stars Andrew Divoff and Tammy Lauren
o “Captured Visions” – An Interview with director of photography Jacques Haitkin
o “Wish List” – Interviews with actors Kane Hodder and Ted Raimi
o Vintage Featurette: “Making of Wishmaster”
- Trailers, Spots, Galleries: Teaser & Theatrical Trailers, TV & Radio Spots, Storyboard & Still Galleries
- Behind-the-Scenes Footage Compilation
WISHMASTER 2: EVIL NEVER DIES SPECIAL FEATURES
- Audio Commentary with writer/director Jack Sholder
- Still Gallery
WISHMASTER 3: BEYOND THE GATES OF HELL SPECIAL FEATURES
- Audio Commentary with director Chris Angel and cast members John Novak, Jason Connery, and Louisette Geiss
- Vintage Featurette: “Making of Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell”
WISHMASTER 4: THE PROPHECY FULFILLED SPECIAL FEATURES
- Audio Commentaries:
o Director Chris Angel and cast members Michael Trucco and Jason Thompson
o Director Chris Angel and actor John Novak
- Featurette: “Wishmasterpiece Theatre”