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Wishmaster

Wishmaster is a movie that has become a cult classic amongst horror fans everywhere. Not only is it violent, gory and rife with horror cameos, but the movie also gave birth to a new horror icon; The Djinn. Andrew Divoff’s spectacular portrayal brought the character to life. As a result, Wishmaster spawned a further three movies, with Divoff reprising his role in the second.

Synopsis

An ancient hidden opal is found by Alexandra, a gemologist. Unknowingly, she releases an evil djinn from within, who wishes to take over the world but is restricted until his owner makes three wishes.

Wishmaster

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A Pazuzu statue, a personification of the demonic figure which possessed Linda Blair‘s character in The Exorcist series, also appeared. This can be seen in Beaumont’s collection room and on display during the party scene where it attacks some of the guests. However, it is not formally referenced.

Many crew members, including Director Robert Kurtzman (man killed by piano), had small roles in the film, sometimes appearing in different scenes as different characters.

Many instances of the film pay homage to the series The Twilight Zone (1959). For instance, the character’s name Beaumont (Charles Beaumont was a frequent writer of the show). The Djinn’s line “Going my way?” when he stops Alexandra in the car is a reference to season one, episode sixteen, “The Hitch-Hiker”, where a mysterious man continually plagues a female driver with the line “I believe you’re going, my way”. The scene with the shop assistant wishing for eternal beauty is transformed into a mannequin echoes season one, episode thirty-four, “The After Hours”, where a female shopper is revealed to be one of the store’s mannequins made human.

A veiled reference to the Cthulhu Mythos can be heard in the incantation used to imprison the Djinn; the words “Nib Shuggurath”, a spoonerism of Shub-Niggurath

At the end of the credits, The Djinn’s distinctive voice growls “Careful what you wish for.”

The following horror movie veterans all appeared in Wishmaster

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Elvira

Cassandra Peterson (born September 17, 1951) is an American actress, writer and singer. She is best known for her portrayal of the horror hostess character Elvira, Mistress of the Dark. Peterson gained fame on LA TV station KHJ-TV. Wearing a revealing, black, gothic gown, she was the host of Elvira’s Movie Macabre, a weekly B-movie presentation.

The Elvira character soon evolved from an obscure cult figure to a lucrative brand. She was associated with many products throughout the 80s and 90s including Halloween costumes, comic books and action figures. She even had a range of trading cards, as well as featuring on pinball machines, Halloween decor, perfume and dolls. Elvira has also appeared on the cover of Femme Fatales magazine five times. Her popularity reached its zenith with the release of the 1988 feature film Elvira: Mistress of the Dark.

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Elvira

After years of attempting to make a sequel to Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, Cassandra and her manager/husband, Mark Pierson, decided to finance a second movie. In November 2000, Peterson wrote and co-produced Elvira’s Haunted Hills. The movie, filmed in Romania, cost just under one million dollars. However, with little budget left for promotion, Cassandra and Mark screened the film at AIDS charity fund raisers across America. On July 5, 2002, Elvira’s Haunted Hills had its official premiere in Hollywood. Elvira arrived at the premiere in her Macabre Mobile. The film was later screened at the 2003 Cannes Film Festival.

Outside of the Elvira role, Cassandra has appeared in various movies, including;  Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, Allan Quatermain and the Lost City of Gold and All About Evil.

She is currently working on the direct sequel to 1988’s Elvira: Mistress of the Dark, as well as an animated Elvira project.

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Elvira
  • Elvira was close friends with Vincent Price and is still good friends with Rob Zombie
  • She was scalded by boiling water when she was five years old. As a result, she underwent 17 skin grafting operations. Now, she covers some of her remaining scars (around neck and shoulders) with make-up or clothing.
  • Her favourite movies are Plan 9 from Outer Space (1957) and Attack of the Killer Tomatoes! (1978).

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Jennifer Tilly was born Jennifer Ellen Chan; September 16, 1958. The first daughter of Harry Chan and Patricia (née Tilly), Jennifer is most recognised as Tiffany Valentine in the Child’s Play franchise. However, her acting career started in 1983 where she had a number of small roles. Eventually, she secured a recurring guest role in Hill Street Blues. From there, Jennifer’s career went on, giving her roles in a variety of movies and TV shows throughout the 80’s and early 90’s.

She first came to horror fans’ attention when she starred in the lesser known Embrace of the Vampire. The movie, starring Alyssa Milano was met with mixed reviews and it wasn’t until her starring role in Bride of Chucky, three years later, when Jennifer became an international horror icon.

Bride of Chucky

Bride of Chucky (1998)

Cited as Brad Dourif‘s favourite movie, Bride of Chucky was an instant hit with horror fans and helped revive the Child’s Play series. Not only that, but Jennifer’s popularity soared, with her becoming an overnight sensation amongst horror lovers worldwide. Despite not appearing in any further horror movies for a number of years, she was still on everyone’s radar.

2004 saw her take on the role of Tiffany again in Seed of Chucky. The difference this time is she also played herself as well! Another successful run as the maniacal doll kept her in everyone’s mind and she enjoyed further success. Almost 10 years after Seed of Chucky, Jennifer adopted her iconic role again in Curse of Chucky and then finally in Cult of Chucky

Since then, she has mainly focused on Poker tournaments. However, she is due to return to the screen once more as Tiffany in the upcoming Chucky TV series!

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Jennifer Tilly: Life and Times of the Unabombshell - Upswing Poker
  • Tilly is a World Series of Poker Ladies’ Event bracelet winner, the first celebrity to win a World Series tournament.
  • As of June 2017, her live tournament winnings exceeded $992,000.

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Candyman Release delayed! Yes, we’re sorry to report that Nia DaCosta’s spiritual sequel is the latest casualty of 2020. Universal Pictures have confirmed that they are no longer releasing Candyman on the 16th October.

This may have been expected, with countless other movies falling to the same fate. But, with only a month to go before the flick hit our screens, the news will still be a huge disappointment to many.

Worse still, Universal Pictures have not confirmed WHEN the new release date will be. All we know is that is will be sometime in 2021! Hopefully we will be able to update you with a new release date soon.

Candyman Release Delayed

Synopsis

With Anthony’s painting career on the brink of stalling, a chance encounter with a Cabrini Green old-timer (Colman Domingo) exposes Anthony to the tragically horrific nature of the true story behind Candyman. Anxious to maintain his status in the Chicago art world, Anthony begins to explore these macabre details in his studio as fresh grist for paintings, unknowingly opening a door to a complex past that unravels his own sanity and unleashes a terrifyingly viral wave of violence that puts him on a collision course with destiny.

Candyman release delayed, BUT we’ve still got the trailer to tide us over, right?

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Neve Campbell Scream 5

Whilst it won’t come as a shock to most, Neve Campbell has confirmed that she is to reprise her role as Sidney Prescott in the upcoming Scream 5 movie!

Posting on Instagram, Campbell simply stated “Hello again, Sidney #ImBack @ScreamMovies” with a video depicting the iconic Ghostface

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Fans of the franchise will be overjoyed that the last piece of the puzzle is finally in place. Both Courtney Cox and David Arquette had already confirmed their involvement, leaving fans eagerly awaiting Campbell’s confirmation. With her latest announcement, all we can do is countdown the days until its release… January 14, 2022 isn’t far off, right?

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