WISHMASTER: THE PROPECHY FULFILLED
While Robert Kurtzmans effects work gave an imaginative kick to an otherwise formulaic plot in the first Wishmaster, by the time of Wishmaster: The Prophecy Fulfilled, the series has become cheap and tatty. Kurtzmans outlandish creations have been replaced by cheesy makeup effects produced by a discount studio a particularly unconvincing set-piece with businessman (played by screenwriter John Benjamin Martin) ripping out his own tongue, slicing off his nose and jabbing a knife into his cheek; and especially the climactic scenes with djinns popping through the walls of a collapsing house. For that matter, the wishes offered up in Wishmaster: The Prophecy Fulfilled have been conceived with little imagination. When Kimberly Huie wishes that she could be fucked to death, all that happens is we see her suspended halfway up a wall. Some of these are ridiculous like where barman Ernesto Griffith wishes that he could be a pimple on a strippers ass. The films single novel idea although one that is only dealt with in unimaginative ways is where the prime wisher makes a wish that she could love the djinn for who he truly is and we then see with sporadic amusement images of the djinn in love.
More so than it is a Wishmaster film, The Prophecy Fulfilled often feels like it is about a troubled relationship where the woman is drawn off into having a potential affair. The actors in the roles of the troubled couple Tara Spencer-Nairn and Jason Thompson are blandly cast. These are parts that seem more well-suited to a couple in their thirties, not people around the average age of 22. On the other hand, Michael Trucco, later a regular on tvs Battlestar Galactica (2003-9), is well cast in the part of the Wishmaster-possessed lawyer where he does a fine job of appearing smooth, charming and totally ruthless.
Director Chris Angel is better known in the industry as an editor these days he works as an editor for dvd extras. Outside of these two Wishmaster entries, he made two other genre films as director with The Fear: Resurrection (1999) and the Catholic serial killer film A Twist of Faith/Beyond Redemption (1999). With the exception of the non-genre comedy This is Not a Test (2008), Angel has yet to direct any other films.
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