Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell (2001)

Boy, oh boy… Now, the first “Wishmaster” is an effective enough slasher for undiscerning horror fans, and it deserves much, much better than this steaming turd of a second sequel. Andrew Divoff is replaced by John Novak as the Djinn, and instead of Divoff’s vaguely sleazy charm, Novak goes for obnoxiousness like he’s playing a douchey lawyer instead of, you know, a supernatural genie that delights in tormenting his victims. In the ostensible human leads, both A.J. Cook and Tobias Mehler are completely forgettable but it’s not really their fault, because Alex Wright’s screenplay is the kind of bland, execrable garbage that gives its performers nothing to work with. By the time the finale rolls around things have gotten absolutely ludicrous but you’re too bored and apathetic to care anymore, and you just want the end credits to finally, mercifully roll.

Rating: ★ (out of 5)

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