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WISHMASTER

SYNOPSIS:
Alexandra Amberson (Tammy Lauren) stumbles across a gem that imprisons the most malicious of genies, known as the DJINN (Andrew Divoff) and she unwittingly awakens the demon from its thousand year sleep. To her horror, she discovers that her three wishes form the key which will allow the Djinn to destroy mankind and usurp the earth for this race of hideous beings.

Sorry, we have not been able to review this film – either because the distributor hasn’t been able or willing to have a media preview for it. We will endeavour to add our reviews later. Meanwhile, here are some excerpts from reviews published elsewhere.

"…Wishmaster has legs but is left utterly hamstrung by the mediocre pile of tosh that follows. Produced by or starring a veritable roll-call of the genre's finest, including Kane "Jason" Hodder, Candyman's Tony Todd and the ubiquitous Robert Englund as well as Craven, it somehow pulls off the trick of being neither scary nor funny - the latter having become a useful get-out clause on today's horror circuit. There's buckets of guts, as expected, but it lacks the kind of arch knowingness, pacing or sumptuous sets which punctuate other Craven outings. And with some truly dreadful dialogue thrown in on top (much of which is thankfully drowned out by the decidedly dodgy soundtrack), this is one flick that should have stayed bottled."
Ali Catterall, Empire (UK)

"A man gets decapitated by his piano. It's a first in a movie, and just about the only clever moment in the plodding, bloody horror fest called Wishmaster, new from Wes Craven. Wishmaster isn't really a Wes Craven film -- he put his name on it as the presenting executive producer in a crass attempt to cash in on ``Scream's'' success. But we're not fooled by this Hollywood game. The new movie is an extravaganza of bad special effects and worse acting. People lose their skins and become gloppy latex freaks, or have mucusy monsters burst from their stomachs, or simply blow up entirely and splatter fake blood hither and yon. Make that yawn."
San Francisco Chronicle

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CRITICAL COUNT
Favourable: 0
Unfavourable: 2
Mixed: 0
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WISHMASTER (MA)15+
(US)

CAST: Tammy Lauren, Andrew Divoff, Tony Todd, Kane Hodder, Robert Englund

DIRECTOR: Robert Kurtzman

PRODUCER: Pierre David, Clark Peterson, Noel A. Zanitsch

SCRIPT: Peter Atkins

CINEMATOGRAPHER: Jacques Haitkin

EDITOR: Dorian Vernaccio

MUSIC: Harry Manfredini

PRODUCTION DESIGN: Dorian Vernaccio, Deborah Raymond

RUNNING TIME: 90 minutes

AUSTRALIAN DISTRIBUTOR: Roadshow

AUSTRALIAN RELEASE: June 25, 1998







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