Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies – USA, 1999

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‘Evil has been summoned… again!’

Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies is a 1999 American supernatural horror feature film written and directed by Jack Sholder (ArachnidThe Hidden; A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge; Alone in the Dark) based on a character created by Peter Atkins (Hellraiser sequels). It stars Andrew Divoff, Paul Johansson (Van Helsing TV series), Holly Fields (The Munsters Today) and Bokeem Woodbine.

Production designer Alfred Sole directed Communion aka Alice, Sweet Alice (1976) and slasher spoof Pandemonium (1982).

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Evil has been summoned once again when the Djinn (Andrew Divoff) is accidentally awakened by a burglar named Morgana (Fields) during a botched art robbery.

When the Djinn deliberately takes blame for the crime, he’s sent to prison where he grants wishes to pent-up prisoners in return for their souls, to ultimately structure an army to obliterate all humanity. It’s up to Morgana to save the human race…

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Director Jack Sholder has commented: “That’s one that I have very mixed feelings about because there are parts of it that I really like, but I think, all in all, it’s a little dumb.

To tell you the truth, I haven’t seen it since I, uh, made it. When I was making it, I thought it was good. I thought a lot of it was kind of funny or clever. I definitely feel it has merit. From what I can gather, it’s one of those films that divides people. Some people don’t like it, others do.

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And, you know, it was also a sequel to a movie that I thought wasn’t a good movie at all. It’s a movie that I did, and I don’t regret doing. You know, there’s a lot of stuff that I think is pretty good from it. You know, like the scene from the casino I thought was pretty good. Maybe it comes off as being silly.” Behind the Curtain Part II (2012).

On March 28, 2017, the film is released on Blu-ray by Vestron Video/Lionsgate as part of the Wishmaster Collection:

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Wishmaster Special Features:

Audio Commentaries:
Director Robert Kurtzman and screenwriter Peter Atkins
Director Robert Kurtzman and stars Andrew Divoff and Tammy Lauren
Isolated Score Selections/Audio Interview with composer Harry Manfredini

Featurettes:
“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 Kane Hodder and Ted Raimi
Vintage Featurette: “Making of Wishmaster”

Trailers, Spots, Galleries: Teaser & Theatrical Trailers, TV & Radio Spots, Storyboard & Still Galleries
Behind-the-Scenes Footage Compilation

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Audio Commentary with writer/director Jack Sholder
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Still Gallery

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Audio Commentary with director Chris Angel and cast members John Novak, Jason Connery, and Louisette Geiss
Vintage Featurette: “Making of Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell”
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Audio Commentaries:
Director Chris Angel and cast members Michael Trucco and Jason Thompson
Director Chris Angel and actor John Novak
Featurette: “Wishmasterpiece Theatre”
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Reviews:

“With his strong voice and devilish smile, hinting at the terrible secret his character is hiding from the world, Divoff continues the fine work he did in Wishmaster, bringing to life a dangerous character and clearly having fun in the process. In his hands, what was, for the most part, a disappointing sequel is transformed into a worthwhile experience.” DVD Infatuation

“There isn’t nearly as much gore as the first, and the lead character’s investigation and nightmares about the Djinn are all essentially remakes from the original. Still, despite the Djinn’s power seeming less grand, star Andrew Divoff seems to have a much better handle on his character, and he’s fabulous as the Djinn, who doesn’t seem as much “evil” as he is just wicked.” Beyond Hollywood

 

“The one other thing that the first film showcased was an extraordinary display of makeup effects. The sequel only intermittently produces these – a cool effect with the Wishmaster rebirthing by emerging out of a wall, a man being squeezed through the bars of a cell – and none with the impact of the opening few minutes of Wishmaster.” Richard Scheib, Moria: The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review

“With his carefully arched eyebrows, receding hairline (not even all-powerful satanic beings are immune to the ravages of baldness), and creepy monotone speaking voice, Divoff resembles nothing so much as a lobotomized Jack Nicholson, yet his character possesses a beatific sense of calm that’s strangely unnerving.” Nathan Rabin, A.V. Club

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Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies has some decent moments but that’s all this film feels like – a collection of moments rather than a full blown narrative with them in. The story is bitty, the acting is pretty dire (with the exception of Divoff) and even the wishes seem to have lost their charm. It’s a fair timewaster if you were a massive fan of the original but other than that, it’s a no-brainer…” Andrew Smith, Popcorn Pictures

Cast and characters:

  • Holly Fields as Morgana
  • Andrew Divoff as The Djinn / Nathaniel Demerest
  • Paul Johansson as Gregory
  • Rhino Michaels as Butz
  • James Kim as James Tiger
  • Simon Kim as Simon Tiger
  • Oleg Vidov as Osip
  • Levan Uchaneishvili as Pushkin
  • Timo Flloko as Moustafa

Filming locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Plot keywords:

art | robbery | supernatural | mythology | Persian | djinn | genie | evil | malevolent | wish | gore | church | priest | prison | gangs | guards | Russian mafia | lawyer | fight | shower | Syrian | drunkenness | betting | gambling | casino | flies

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