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.
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.
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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.
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
- Robert Englund – Raymond Beaumont
- Tony Todd – Johnny Valentine
- Kane Hodder – Merritt’s Guard
- Angus Scrimm – Narrator (voice)
- Reggie Bannister – Pharmacist
- Tom Savini – Pharmacy Customer (uncredited)
- Ted Raimi – Ed Finney
- George ‘Buck’ Flower – Homeless Man
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