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I wish I hadn't bothered!
Member Name: Mcdaddy
Date: 15/03/01, updated on 15/03/01 (49 review reads)
Advantages: Get to see Robert Englund as his true self!
Disadvantages: Dire film!
I decided to give this film a chance, as it was directed by Wes 'Nightmare on Elm Street' Craven, and he is regarded by some to be the king of horror movies. Well I have to say after watching this film the crown has either slipped, or fallen completely from his brow.
I have an active imagination, so it does not take much for me to stay entertained, and usually grasp the main plot or meaning to the film within the first 15 minutes. However with this film I was still hunting in the gutter from which it came a good hour into it.
The film revolves around a young woman named Alexandra, who unwittingly (as most femme fatales do) releases a demon back onto the Earth known as a Djinn. This Djinn was, as legend states, a creature put on Earth after the creation of Angels, but before the creation of man. However their soul purpose was to grant wishes, much as a genie, except they have an alteria motive for doing this. Each time a person makes a wish they in return give up their souls to the Djinn, who uses them to create a doorway to a demon realm so that his minions can enter onto Earth and take over. This is the Djinn's form of vengeance on God for making them able to serve only those who make wishes.
However the Djinn can only fully open this portal if the one that releases him back into the Earth realm makes three wishes, and you guessed it, poor old Alexandra makes this big mistake. What follows is a cat and mouse race between Alexandra and the Djinn, with the Djinn trying to force her to use her wishes by using his powers to torment and terrify her.
The film has potential, but spirals rapidly down hill with all of the almost comic special effects. And the one liners fail to add any form of amusement. By the end of the film you are actually routing for the Djinn, to take over the Earth, as if this happens the film may just become exciting!
Apart from the usual Craven film appearance from Robert 'Freddie Kruger&
#39; Englund, there is no real star presence in the movie, which probably accounts for the poor acting abilities of around 90% of the cast.
If you are looking to watch or rent this film then I make no promises as to whether or not you will enjoy it, but if you are a Wes Craven fan, then I would suggest watching it just to see the usual blood and bizarre monsters.