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Wishmaster: The Prophecy Fulfilled

Artisan // 2002 // 92 Minutes // Rated R
Reviewed by Judge Patrick Naugle // October 24th, 2002

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All Rise...

The Charge

Leave no soul unturned.

The Case

The evil, manipulative Djinn (John Novak) is back to collect more unsuspecting souls in Wishmaster: The Prophecy Fulfilled, the fourth entry into the mildly popular horror series. This time around, the lucky winners freeing the Djinn are Lisa (Tara Spencer-Nairn) and Sam (Jason Thompson). When Sam gives Lisa the damned red jewel as a gift, the two love birds inadvertently awake the wisecrackin' wish granter from his eternal slumber. The Djinn quickly makes haste of Verdel (Michael Trucco), the lawyer settling a lawsuit for the crippled Sam (who because paralyzed from the waist down in a car accident years ago). Taking on the from of Verdel, The Djinn is able to get the lovely Lisa to make the three wishes that will open up the gates of hell and produce an onslaught of multiple Djinn on earth. However, the only thing standing in the way of Djinn Armageddon is the fact that the third wish was for Lisa to love Verdel (who is really the Djinn, but in disguise…got it?) for who he "really is." Now the Djinn must attempt to win Lisa's heart—ain't monster love sweet—or his demonic brothers-in-waiting will never bring about their reign of terror!

When will filmmakers ever pay attention to me? I've said it time and time again, but for those who weren't listening here's the repeat: DO NOT attempt to produce a movie about the end of the world without an ample budget. But does anyone listen to me? Noooooooo. Wishmaster: The Prophecy Fulfilled makes the irreprehensible mistake of trying to bring about Armageddon using the same price tag slapped on a Shannon Tweed sex flick. Oh well…at least Wishmaster: The Prophecy Fulfilled is better than the dreaded Wishmaster 3: Beyond The Gates Of Hell. This time around, fans get to witness the Djinn A.) having sex, B.) looking mournful for lost love, and C.) running around a forest in a dress while being chased by a well-tailored pinup hunk carrying a sword. If any of these things excite you, then by all means rent Wishmaster: The Prophecy Fulfilled. Otherwise, this is yet another mundane entry into a series that has long since made its last wish for being anything but schlocky entertainment. Whereas the first film was a fairly good exercise in horror (it's better than you think! really!), Wishmaster: The Prophecy Fulfilled feels like a cheap story that was slapped together by indifferent producers looking to make a quick buck. The actors are all second rate and don't seem to have much enthusiasm for the script or their characters. John Novak as the Djinn (taking over for the far superior Andrew Divoff) plays the material as if he may have a shot at an Oscar nod, which may be true…if the Academy ever creates a "Best Hammy Actor in a Cheeseball B-Movie" award. [Editor's Note: But Patrick, if they do, Bruce Campbell will have a lock on it every year he's in a film!] The horror elements are here if you want them though this time around, they seem to be toned down in lieu of the romance between Lisa and the Djinn, Sam and Lisa's complicated relationship, etcetera, etcetera. In other words, stuff horror fans don't really give a crap about. If you liked the first two films and can't live without seeing what happens next, by all means pick up this latest (and last?) installment of the series. Otherwise, make a wish that Wishmaster: The Prophecy Fulfilled is the end of the road for the Djinn.

Wishmaster: The Prophecy Fulfilled is presented in a decent looking 1.85:1 anamorphic widescreen transfer. While it's nice to see some of these straight-to-DVD features given a 16x9 enhancement, overall the image doesn't jump out at you and scream "hey, I look AWESOME!" What it does yell is "I'm a mediocre effort that ain't anything special." There are solid colors, dark black levels, and a minimum of imperfections, and that's all you need to know. The Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround soundtrack is also only so-so. There are a few directional effects to be found here, though otherwise it's an only passable track with crystal clear dialogue, effects and music. Also included on this disc are Spanish subtitles and a Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround soundtrack.

Surprisingly, Artisan has packed this disc with a few extra features, starting with two commentary tracks, one by director Chris Angel and actors Michael Trucco and Jason Thompson, and a second by Angel and actor John Novak. At least none of these guys take this stuff too seriously—with Angel on both of the tracks, there's a wealth of production information to be found (and could Novak be any more obnoxious with his comments?) "Wishmaster Piece Theater" is a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the film, while the "Wishmaster Dating Game" is a goofy little Q&A with the Djinn about his sex life (believe me, you don't want to know). Finally, there are a few storyboards and a theatrical trailer for the film presented in non-anamorphic widescreen.

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Scales of Justice

Judgment: 65

Perp Profile

Studio: Artisan
Video Formats:
• 1.85:1 Anamorphic
Audio Formats:
• Dolby Digital 5.1 Surround (English)
• Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround (English)
Subtitles:
• Spanish
Running Time: 92 Minutes
Release Year: 2002
MPAA Rating: Rated R
Genre:
• Horror

Distinguishing Marks

• Two Commentary Tracks with Director Chris Angel and Select Cast and Crew Members
• "Wishmaster Piece Theater" Featurette
• The Djinn's Guide to Dating: Q&A Session
• Storyboards
• Theatrical Trailer

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