Wishmaster (1997) Movie Review

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Wishmaster (1997)

1997 | R | Horror, Fantasy
90 minutes / 1h 30min

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Wishmaster Plot Synopsis:

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.

Wishmaster (1997) Review

Robert Kurtzman‘s Wishmaster (1997) is one extremely gory and gruesome movie. Some very big horror icons also make appearances in Wishmaster like Robert Englund, Kane Hodder and Andrew Divoff. Wishmaster is also "Presented" by Wes Craven.


The demons featured in this horror movie is the Djinn (bad genie) who grants wishes with evil consequences. This demon is played in two forms, a human form and of course the Djinns natural demonic form. The Djinn must grant three wishes to the chosen one in order to bring his Djinn race back to the human world so they can terrorize mankind.

Wishmaster starts with a crazy scene of ancient Babylon where a king is about to make the final third wish to save his people from the prior two wishes gone bad. Just in time, the grand magician creates a soulstone looking gem that will seal the Djinn for the end of time. Fast forward and the Djinn is released again with the same mission.

Wishmaster had a great opening scene despite the cheesy special effects but the film goes a little downhill after that. I like the gore but sometimes it was just too much, a bittersweet reaction on my part. The plot could have been a little deeper to some extent but me being a sucker for demon movies I enjoyed it for what it was, a great attempt at a good horror movie that fell a little short in some areas.

Wishmaster is currently available on Netflix and could be a good watch in the late night. I did try to watch Wishmaster again on Netflix but I ended up stopping the movie early because of the gore factor, was not in the mood at the time.

  • Wishmaster Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 5
  • Overall Score: 4.38
  • IMDB: 5.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 2.3

About Wishmaster 1997

Title: Wishmaster
Year: 1997
Runtime: 90 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Fantasy
Reviewer:
Score: 2.5 / 5 stars
Published:
Avg. Rating: 2.19/5 stars from 17,433 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 17,433
MPAA Rating: R
Wishmaster Cast Starring: Kane Hodder, Robert Englund, Tom Savini, Tony Todd, Ted Raimi, George 'Buck' Flower, Angus Scrimm, Reggie Bannister, Jake McKinnon, Walter Phelan, Howard Berger, Ricco Ross, Andrew Divoff, Joseph Pilato, Dan Hicks, Verne Troyer, Jenny O'Hara, Robert Kurtzman, Brian Klugman, Ari Barak, Greg Funk, Richard Assad, Louis E. Rosas, Tammy Lauren, Annie Sorell, Chris Lemmon, Wendy Benson-Landes, Tony Crane, Azita Azar, Dennis Hayden
Wishmaster Writers: NA
Wishmaster Director: Robert Kurtzman
Production: Live Home Video
Language: English
Country: USA