Thursday, April 24, 2014

Film Review: Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled (2002)

Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled (Review)
United States/2002
Format Viewed For Review: Netflix Streaming
Netflix Streaming: Yes
Amazon Prime: Yes

" should be called Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Almost Fulfilled..."

As her relationship crumbles and in the midst of a lawsuit concerning her paraplegic boyfriend, Lisa (Tara Spencer-Nairn) unwittingly unleashes the evil Djinn, who needs to grant three wishes for his summoner in order to unleash his evil brethren...

Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled is the same formula as the three previous films. The film begins with Lisa and her boyfriend moving into their new home together -- this plays out like a pointless and dragged out music video, though. Then, it leaps forward three full years where Lisa's boyfriend is now a paraplegic due to an accident, and Lisa is fighting his legal battle with a lawyer who has a crush on her. Anyway, the Djinn awakens and takes the body of the lawyer. The same formula occurs for the first half of the film until, unexpectedly, Lisa makes the third wish! A first for the series! Oh, but nothing actually happens... The second half follows the Djinn as he tries to fulfill the last wish, so he has to make Lisa fall in love with him. (A horror film, or a romantic comedy?) The ending of the film was mediocre -- unfulfilling and abrupt.

Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled was almost a decent film. The first half of the film was the same old formula, so you know what to expect, but then there's the promise of the prophecy being fulfilled -- this really got me excited -- is hell really about to break loose? Unfortunately, it should be called Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Almost Fulfilled cause it falls flat on any potential and *spoiler alert* the prophecy isn't fulfilled. The concept is flawed, the story is boring, and the horror is nonexistent. Honestly, it feels much more like a romantic drama than a horror film. There are some gory death sequences, but the rest of the film is bland and almost pointless. And, like the previous film, there's that whole subplot of an Angel spawning to fight the Djinn in some cheesy sword fight.
Hey, at least this may have the best acting in the series -- not really saying much, but it's something.

Tara Spencer-Nairn is serviceable for her performance -- her shouting and screaming reeks out of place, though. Michael Trucco, who plays the lawyer, is also decent. The special effects and makeup are also good, but they are underutilized -- there's not much gore in this film. Everything else -- the cinematography, the music, etc. -- is simply serviceable. Director Chris Angel fails to deliver any horror or even a decent plot -- he just didn't do the series or cast any justice, delivering a cheap cash-in. Writer John Benjamin Martin is also to blame for such an inconsistent story.

Overall, Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled is almost as bad as it's predecessor, and worst than the second and first films. This entry offers a bit of a twist to the formula, but that ends up failing anyway. The acting is decent and there are two death sequences that were solid, but everything else was bad. If you've seen the first, you've seen them all -- and, you don't shouldn't put yourself through anything after the mediocre second entry.

Score: 3/10
Parental Guide: Strong violence and gore, sex and nudity.

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