Movie Review: Wishmaster, a Cult Classic Remastered and Restored
Let’s flashback to 1997 when the Men In Black were defending the Earth from Aliens, the Titanic was brought back, Austin Powers was an International Man of Mystery and a certain Djinn was released in the cult classic, Wishmaster.
The movie that most of us probably saw on VHS has been given the remastered and restored treatment as it heads to Blu-ray on the 26 February. Wishmaster is a movie that may not be as scary as some of the new horror movies out these days, but it has that nostalgic charm of a time back in the 90s when we had special effects with models and more prosthetics than you could scream at.
Wishmaster brings to the screen a magically powerful, supernaturally evil, the ancient entity is known in human legend as the Djinn (Andrew Divoff) can grant a person’s wildest dreams. And in the process, it unleashes your darkest nightmares, but can Alexandra Amberson (Tammy Lauren) defeat the Djinn. But don’t forget that the moral of this explosively terrifying, special-effects powered, horror-fantasy spectacular: Be careful what you wish for!
The effects may be somewhat dated as movie technology has advanced over the years, but Wishmaster is still one of those movies that, if you saw it on its original release, will have you reminiscing about what you were doing when you first saw the movie. While watching the movie on Blu-ray, you also realise that the VHS you may have seen it on originally didn’t look all that good. The Blu-ray, on the other hand, has had a brilliant restoration of the picture and the sound.
Before the three sequels, this was the best of the franchise, well that’s my personal point of view, Wishmaster isn’t one of the best horror movies made, but it still has a great cast that helps carry the film long including Robert Englund (A Nightmare on Elm Street), Kane Hodder (Friday the 13th) and Tony Todd (Candyman), so you can’t complain there really, what a great horror lineup for a movie. Let’s not forget that its executive producer was the brilliant Wes Craven and produced by Pierre David (Scanners, Videodrome, Platoon and The Brood).
Look out for Ted Raimi in a part of the film as well, yes folks Sam Raimi‘s brother has a small part in the movie.
Halloween or The Exorcist it isn’t, but it is still one of those movies that are up there in a top 10 of horrors on a lot of peoples lists, as I mentioned earlier, Wishmaster looks good on Blu-ray, the colours are vibrant and it looks crisp, a fun 90 mins of 90s horror that also comes with a stack of special features to watch before or after watching the movie.
Wishmaster Special Features
- Feature run time 90 mins approx
- Audio Commentary with Director Robert Kurtzman and Screenwriter Peter Atkins
- Audio Commentary with Stars Andrew Divoff and Tammy Lauren and Director Robert Kurtzman
- Isolated Score Selections and Audio Interview with composer Harry Manfredini
- “Out of the Bottle” – Interviews with Director Robert Kurtzman and Co-Producer David Tripet
- “The Magic Words” – An Interview with Screenwriter Peter Atkins
- “The Djinn and Alexandra” – Interviews with Stars Andrew Divoff and Tammy Lauren
- “Captured Visions” – An Interview with Director of Photography Jacques Haitkin
- “Wish List” – Interviews with Actors Robert Englund, Kane Hodder, and Ted Raimi
- Teaser Trailer
- Theatrical Trailer
- TV Spots
- Radio Spots
- Vintage Making Of featurette
- Vintage EPK
- Behind-The-Scenes Footage Compilation
- Storyboard Gallery
- Still Gallery
Wishmaster copyright: Programme Content and Photography: © 1997 Artisan Pictures Inc. All Rights Reserved. Package Design: ©2018 Lionsgate Home Entertainment UK. All Rights Reserved.