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1999 / Horror, Fantasy
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Directed by Jack Sholder
Written by Jack Sholder
Starring Holly Fields, Paul Johansson, Andrew Divoff, Oleg Vidov and Tommy 'Tiny' Lister

The evil Djinn is awakened once more, and must collect 1001 souls to begin the Apocalypse.

The following tags are associated with this movie: monsters, supernatural, genie
Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies (1999)
Review by Bradley Frohloff

7 / 10
There is a certain charm that is lacking with this movie when compared to the original. The original was full of horror veteran cameos and had quite a polished looking production for a horror film of the 90's. This sequel clearly didn't have anywhere near as big of a budget which is evident by some of it's questionable effects, downgrade in acting talent and what ultimately feels like a rushed script.

Despite those negatives, which didn't have as much of an impact on my enjoyment as I make it sound, this sequel still contains two things that ultimately made the original so enjoyable, those being entertaining ways to twist peoples wishes and Andrew Divoff playing the Djinn. The wishes this time around are a little sillier and probably aren't as clever as the first movie, yet they still provided some chuckles and gory goodness. The movie does drag at certain points as things get stale inside the prison and don't immediately pick up once the Djinn is outside of it. To make up for this they tend to overuse Divoff in certain scenes to the point where his appeal begins to wear thin.

I believe the majority of people that enjoyed the first movie, such as myself, should have a decent time with this sequel thanks to the two elements mentioned above. But the quality of production between the original and the sequel is like night and day.
Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies (1999)
Review by Michael Mahoney

4 / 10
The first Wishmaster film is a pretty enjoyable affair. There were portions I didn't care for, but overall, it's a solid piece of 90's horror. The second film, however, is nowhere near as pleasing.

In terms of special effects, there are occasionally some solid scenes presented here. But it's no comparison to the first film's beginning and ending sequence. In fact, a somewhat similar sequence here, which takes place in the final 15 minutes, is so much worse and uninspired than what they managed a few years prior.

The story itself isn't much to speak of. Honestly, it's not necessarily even that bad, it just didn't appeal to me. The idea of having to possess a thousand souls before the Djinn can do anything more is all fine and well, but when he gains 800 of those souls in the course of five minutes, it really takes away from the film. I didn't expect them to show him gaining hundreds of souls (which is good, because, for the most part, his obscene granting of obscure wishes never really did much for me, and here, very few of them are that interesting), but at the same time, giving him 80% of souls needed in such a short time felt akin to cheating.

Still not the biggest issue, though. I know his performance is what draws some people to this movie, but the Wishmaster himself, Andrew Divoff, just drives me up the wall. Throughout most of the film, he has that same little grin on his face, and his intentionally hammy acting, while in the first film wasn't that big a deterrent, goes overboard here.

Luckily, the other two main performances were decent: Holly Fields and Paul Johansson. Fields had that cute bad-girl look to her, and having her partner up with Johansson's priest character was somewhat fun. Neither one has had a particularly impressive horror resume (Fields was in Seedpeople, but that's about it), but for a movie of this caliber, they do pretty well. It's just a shame that the story isn't that impressive.

Evil Never Dies still manages to impress some people, and having seen it twice, I don't get it. Most everyone agrees it pales in comparison to the first movie, which is certainly true, but seeing a lot of value out of this movie, in itself? More power to you if you enjoyed this. I just wish I could have done the same. In short, it's not that it's a terrible movie. It's just not particularly good or even that memorable, which is a shame, as Jack Sholder, the director, also made Alone in the Dark (1982) and the second A Nightmare on Elm Street film, both of which were decent, if not good. It's a disappointment he couldn't do that here. 4.5/10 (rounded down to 4/10 to fit site's format).
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