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Robert Englund Talks ‘Wishmaster’; Franchise “Deserved More Respect”

It’s often said that the 1990s weren’t the horror genre’s best years; that may be true, but let’s not ignore the fact that countless gems were released between 1990 and 1999. One of those gems was Robert Kurtzman’s Wishmaster, which introduced the world to a brand new horror icon in 1997. Full of awesome practical effects and featuring an incredible performance from Andrew Divoff that helped make a pretty good case for the evil Djinn being ranked alongside Freddy, Jason and all the greats, the loaded-with-cameos Wishmaster is a whole lot of fun to watch.

As I write this post, Lionsgate is gearing up to release the 4-film Wishmaster Collection on Blu-ray on March 28th. In other words, it’s the perfect time to talk Wishmaster, and Robert Englund did just that at the recent Emerald City Comic Con. He took part in an hour-long panel where he answered various questions from fans, and the conversation at one point turned to the ’97 film.

In addition to telling a fun behind-the-scenes story about his experience on set, Englund also took a moment to heap some much-deserve praise on Wishmaster. He told the con crowd:

I knew that we were on to something original. I think the Wishmaster movies deserved a little more respect. It’s a great hook, and Andrew Divoff is terrific in those films. I thought it was just a great great hook… a great gimmick for a franchise. That unfortunately didn’t go far enough, I think. I think there was probably at least one more to be made. Would’ve been really interesting.

Englund of course played Raymond Beaumont in the first Wishmaster film, which I call the original “Expendables of horror.”  Nice to see him giving it some love, after all these years.

Check out the full chat below. The Wishmaster talk begins at 31:32.



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COMMENTS

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  • Horrible Day

    Sure the first movie is good but the sequels just aren’t that great, especially 3 and 4 with a different guy playing the djinn

    • Saturn

      I always assumed it was meant to be a different Djinn

  • Aaron

    The first one was good. I remember loving the whole party getting tormented and torn apart scene as soon as I saw it.

  • J Jett

    I don’t even know how many sequels there are but i hated the first WISHMASTER. Englund is acting like this franchise is amazing or something. i can’t speak for the sequels but the first movie at least was crappy schlock (and not in a good way!).

  • Saturn

    When he said there should have been at least one more, that may have been interesting, I wonder if he was alluding to a Djinn Vs Freddy movie?
    I always fancied a Warlock Vs Wishmaster cross-over.

  • Un Gsund

    The first one is great! and the franchise is still intresting to me. AND the wishmaster is the only movie maniac which can battle the Pinhead 🙂

  • marklola12 .

    he can say ITS A GREAT HOOK as many times as he wants the movies were not good..first was passable OK but the rest horrid shit

  • Bart Crowe

    First Wishmaster is pretty solid and sequel is decent. The later sequels are pretty much horror themed softcore Skinamax flixs.

  • Geno1987

  • Flyingguillotine

    The first one is interesting and a lot of fun. Of the sequels, I only watched 2; so, so, sooooo terrible, bad enough to put me off attempting the others.

  • Abandoned_Being

    The first one is alright but I didn’t care for the second one. Andrew’s grinning(second film) for almost the entire film annoyed me to no end. I haven’t bothered with the rest of the franchise.

  • dsxy

    Like wrong turn, solid first film but lower quality with each following release.

  • THE God

    The Genie was so cool. I loved these films. Well, the first two… nothing after that

  • Dr. Gitrog Crow

    Wishmaster 2 is among my favorite horror movies ever. Alex Divoff as a Djinni turned crimelord is brilliant

    • Orwellianson

      Andrew*

  • Holly Effin Peacock

    Love Wishmaster! Totally underrated. The first two were awesome.

  • Eddy Foote

    Just because a beloved icon puts his stamp of approval on something doesn’t mean we are all going to buy it without thought. I agree that the first Wishmaster was a decent film(considering the drought we experienced in the 90’s), but the following films lacked imagination, love for horror, and direction. I love Robert Englund, but I condemn his comments on this franchise as false.

  • Meisha’s Taint

    No it doesn’t

  • Shane o mac

    First Wishmaster was good, the rest not so much. Surprised hollywood hasn’t remade this franchise

  • sweetooth0

    Always loved the first Wishmaster. Saw it in the theater when it was originally released. I didn’t like the sequel much when I first watched it, but it’s grown on me simply due to how fun Andrew Divoff’s performance is. I think I saw 3, but remember it sucking pretty bad due to no Divoff, but I have the full 4 movie set coming in the mail, so I guess I’ll get to revist all of them!

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