[Bea’s Reviews] Wishmaster [1997]

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Dir.: Robert Kurtzman

Starring: Andrew Divoff, Tammy Lauren, Robert Englund and a bunch of bitchin’ cameos.

An oldie but a goodie from the pit of the severe lack of quality horror in the 1990s, Robert Kurtzmans’ tale about a mean old genie (sorry, DJINN) is completely simple in plot and premise, but therein lies its charm and durability. While the digital component is heavily dated and hilarious on occasion to fresh eyes and elements of the writing can be clunky, the concept of the Djinn, his personification by the fantastic character actor Andrew Divoff and his cruel interpretations of granting wishes puts them toe to toe to his more prominent contemporaries.

Speaking of which, when it comes to the cameos in this film from icons of horror from epochs past, Wishmaster is just as much about doing something new while keeping the torch burning from the old.

A hale, hearty and loving genre film that isn’t afraid to push the envelope as well as sealing it with a bloody, gleeful kiss.

BT Dubs: The Djinn’s true form still remains insanely impressive looking with Divoff being able to act and emote through it. He truly does embody the character in and out of his monstrous skin.

Retro Review: Wishmaster

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