Entertainment: +1 1/2
Acceptability: -3 1/2

Unlike "Aladdin" and "I Dream of Jeannie," WISHMASTER returns to the legends of evil genies of Persia called the D'jinn. A race of immortal beings trapped halfway between Heaven and Earth, the D'jinn can only use their powers to grant wishes. But the price of granting the wish can be a human soul. A Persian mystic named Zoraster fashions a special jewel which traps the Djinn for centuries. One Djinn (Andrew Divoff), released into the world, can open the gateway to free all the others to rule the Earth if the person who frees him makes three wishes. When the jewel is accidentally "activated" by Alex (Tammy Lauren), a jeweler asked to appraise it, the Djinn is released. An evil being, he uses people's greed and anger to seize their souls in order to open the gateway. Only Alex can make the third wish, but can she wish the evil away? This disappointing film replaces suspense with gore and special effects. It may thrill a few teens, but WISHMASTER lacks imagination.

Several times during the film, Djinn responds to people's exclamation of "My God" by saying "Not yet." An art collector has a museum with statues of various mythological gods including Mazda, the Zoastrian god of light. Djinn is referred to as the dark side of Mazda. Djinn doesn't lie or trick people; he only asks them to make a wish or express a desire. Human greed or anger takes over from there, and the results are often gory. When a bum wishes cancer on a shopkeeper, the man's skin suddenly erupts with sores and he dies in convulsions. When Alex wishes Djinn would blow his brains out, he does so and we see blood erupt from his head when he pulls the trigger. Other wishes lead to gory mutilations as a skeleton rips itself out of a body and another man's intestines are pulled out of an open wound. While no sex or nudity infiltrate, foul language includes 23 f- and s-words, and God's name is used in vain five times. Between the graphic violence, gore and crude language, films like this should be wished away.

Preview Reviewer: Paul Bicking
Distributor: Live Entertainment, 15400 Sherman Way, Ste. 500, Van Nuys, CA 91410

Crude Language: Many (18) times - Mild 12, moderate 6
Obscene Language: Many (28) times - F-word 15, s-word 8, other 5
Profanity: Many (13) times - Regular 5 (GD1, G2, J/JC 2), Exclamatory 8 (OG4, OMG 2, MG 2)
Violence: Many times - Moderate and severe (Grossly mutilated bodies, intestines pulled from bloody wound, body splits and bloody skeleton emerges, man turns into reptile, crate falls on man, man's body erupts with cancer sores, Djinn pulls face off corpse, man's jaw ripped off, man shot repeatedly, Djinn shoots brain out, man trapped in water-filled box, bloody wounds from exploding glass, man's head cut off, man on fire, stabbing, man vomits creature onto floor, woman grabbed by tentacles, woman trapped in fiery house)
Sexual Intercourse: None
Nudity: None
Homosexual Conduct: None
Sexually Suggestive Action/Dialog: Man looks at woman's rear as she walks
Drug Abuse: Alcoholic drinks, cigarette smoking
Other: References to angelic wars, Djinn uses people's greed, references to other gods and religions - particularly Zoastrianism
Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Older teens, Adults

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