Wishmaster is a special effects guy's wet dream. The gore in this movie is only limited to the imagination of the people creating the effects. I don't really think there was much supervision when it came to the kills in this movie. I'm pretty sure the director just told his crew to go wild because that's what this movie is: WILD.
Like the opening scene for example, a skeleton explodes out of this guys body and then runs around killing people. That's just so awesome.
I've come for your women and beer.
Some people will argue with me on this, and that's ok, but Wishmaster is, in my opinion, a "Perfect" horror movie. What I mean by perfect is that I can watch this movie OVER AND OVER AND OVER and still enjoy it every time. Actually I think I enjoy it MORE every time I see it. I don't think I could ever get bored with this movie. (Some other movies I would consider perfect include Predator and Re-Animator) Wishmaster isn't perfect, no movie is perfect, but it's perfect for me. And that's all that matters.
I've always liked this movie. From the very first time I saw it up until my umpteenth viewing Sunday. It still shocks me how awesome it is. The effects are top notch, the Wishmaster is so fucking badass, and the CAST AND CREW: Oh lord the cast and crew. THAT is where this movie shines brightest (amongst B movie fans anyway)
- Andrew Divoff as the Wishmaster (Lost, Executive Decision)
- Robert Englund (Freddy Krueger)
- Kane Hodder (Some Friday the 13th sequels and the Hatchet movies)
- Angus Scrimm narrates (The Tall Man from Phantasm)
- Reggie Bannister (Speaking of Phantasm, here's the star)
- Chris Lemmon ("star" of Thunder in Paradise)
- Tony Todd (CANDYMAN!)
- Buck Flower (Most ever John Carpenter movie, he actually has an OPENING credit here)
- Ted Raimi (Sam Raimi's brother. Boy does that guy like dying.)
- Ricco Ross (Aliens)
- Robert Kurtzman (Director of Wishmaster, also an amazing special effects guy for tons of movies)
- Peter Aitkins (writer of Wishmaster, also the writer of Hellraiser 2 & 3)
- And finally, Wes Craven (Executive Producer of Wishmaster, guy that invented Freddy Krueger)
That's a long list. They space out each appearance so well too. It was such a joy to see Reggie Bannister and Buck Flower in the same scene arguing with each other. I love it.
Wishmaster (if you don't already know) is about an evil Genie. They portray them as a race of beings called the Djinn in this movie. They live in the plane of existence between Earth and Hell. One particular Djinn, the Wishmaster, is wrecking havoc on Earth. You see, when someone wakes the Wishmaster he must grant the person that woke him 3 wishes and upon granting the third, the Wishmaster can open the gate from his world to Earth and all the Djinn will take over the world. But a sorcerer traps the Wishmaster in a Ruby. (This is just the first few minutes of the movie.) So we fast forward to present day, a statue is broken that has the Ruby inside and a woman inadvertantly releases the Wishmaster. The Wishmaster spends half the movie granting wishes to strangers in exchange for their soul while searching for the woman that released him. (Which is really fucking awesome, not only because it paces this movie so well but also because the kills are so amazingly gory) Finally, he find her and more amazing things happen. I don't want to ruin the ending for you because the wishes this woman makes are pretty awesome.
Like this one.
It's ok to click that link. There isn't any major spoilers there. It's actually a FREE wish the Wishmaster first grants the woman to get the ball rolling. It's really awesome and actually shows just how amazing Andrew Divoff is as the Wishmaster and this scene portrays the general personality of the Wishmaster. He's like this the whole movie. If you like this scene, you'll like the whole movie.
Hey baby, when this is over, you wanna come over to my place?
I really can't praise this movie enough. (But I'll sure as hell try) The effects are top notch, the majority of them being actual practical effects. (Which if you know me, are the BEST kind) The CGI included here just enhances any practical effects they got going on. It's quite impressive.
This movie, even with its flaws (what movie doesn't have flaws?), is perfect to me.