Wishmaster (1997)

"Be careful what you wish for; you just may get it." Such is the ominous theme underlying this extremely gruesome horror outing. Though horrormeister Wes Craven's name appears prominently in the film's promotional bits,… More

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Rated: R
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Release Date: September 19, 1997
DVD Release Date: July 25, 2000
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Critic Score: 25% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews

Consensus: Wishmaster searches for horror in the exploits of a supernatural being -- one whose powers, alas, evidently do not include the ability to summon a compelling script.

Desson Thomson
Washington Post

Includes an all-star horror cast.

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Peter Stack
San Francisco Chronicle

An extravaganza of bad special effects and worse acting

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David Nusair
Reel Film Reviews

...a seemingly foolproof setup that's employed to distressingly erratic effect by Kurtzman...

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James Berardinelli

My best advice to anyone reading this review -- even someone who considers himself or herself a fan of horror movies -- is to stay away.

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Jeff Millar
Houston Chronicle

It will be of interest to none but goreheads, who are likely to find the gore rather cheesy.

Mike Massie
Gone With The Twins

Little of it makes sense, but the djinn's powers of deception are quite humorous and the look of the picture is unexpectedly impressive.

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Chris Hewitt (UK)
Empire Magazine

watching with friends, especially the sort you open with a ring-pull, as it's more likely to raise shrieks of laughter than horror.

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Marc Savlov
Austin Chronicle

Sends viewers screaming into the lobby demanding refunds.

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Nathanael Hood
Nate Hood Reviews

The joy of Wishmaster [is that] it's a game to see if the audience can out-think and out-predict what the Djinn will do and how he'll do it.

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Flixster Audience Score: 38% Flixster User Reviews
Alex roy
Wishmaster is an interesting idea for a horror flick. The film presents the viewer with the plot of an evil genie who grants you three wishes, but destroys your… More
Luke Baldock
With all the slashers that came after Scream, it's nice to see a gimmicky supernatural monster doing the rounds. Rather than haunting dreams, this guy… More
Kevin M. Williams
The director began as a makeup artist ... which means lotsa makeup effects, lots of them (its the reason for the film), but with a lame-o script there's… More
Conner Rainwater
Andrew Divoff (a.k.a Mikael from lost) made this movie worth watching. He is probably one of the best villains, but the movie suffers from cheap effects and a… More
Dean King
A fun idea for a new slasher premise, at least 3 sequels were made. The SFX do look a bit dated now and the gore effects, along with a lot of elements to the… More
Jason Spencer
A plain horror movie that gave way to many sequels. Very straight to video in my opinion.