Wishmaster 2 (1999)
Director: Jack Sholder
Main Stars: Holly Fields, Chris Weber, Al Foster, Andrew Divoff
Storyline: The Djinni needs to collect 1001souls to bring the end of the world.
Review (Spoils): A female burglar (Holly Fields) screws up a robbery and awakes the forgotten Djinn (Andrew Divoff ) that was trapped in a gem stone. He takes the rap for the robbery so he can use his human illusion form in prison to lure and temp prisoners for wishes for exchange of their souls. The evil Djinn needs 1001 souls so that he can bring the end of the world to Earth.
Pretty basic storyline but it works as the Djinn is back with all his nice one liners and wishes. The film focuses on the Djinn in jail as a male slowing gathering souls by false wishes and granting them in sarcastic ways. The other part of the story is the female thief trying to cope with what she has done such as killing a guard and why there is mysterious man that is taking the blame for the botched job.
We have freezing, a body crushed through some cell bars, a strange scene of man having sex with himself, nasty beatings, head swapping, some blood and gore and of course wishes! This film is pretty much in the same vein as the first film and the Djinn looks great.
Rating: This series is not be taken series much like the Child’s Play series but I find this one more fun. The special effects are pretty good and I have always loved the look of the Djinn. We learn more about the prophetess of the Djinn and it has a touch of religion in the film which is the main character trying to find herself and asks for forgives for her past sins.
A Nightmare on Elm Street 2 (1985)
Director: Jack Sholder
Main Stars: Robert Englund, Mark Patton, Kim Myers, Robert Rusler,
Storyline: Freddy is back and someone new moves into the old house on Elm Street. Freddy haunts the new teenage tenant in his nightmares to kill for him.
Review (Spoils): Seeing this film a long time ago I thought I would revisit it for the review. This movie is different than the others in the series. We have young Jesse Walsh (Mark Patton) who moves into the old house on Elm Street from the first movie (along with his family). This movie plays on a number of things when it comes to Jesse, is he confused on his sexuality or is he just shy. The movie really does not go into this detail much but some of the scenes do make you believe that it is leaning towards the sexuality. But anyways he gets nagged by Freddy (Robert Englund ) and actually kind of gets possessed by him to do his bidding (such as slaying teenagers). We have Lisa (Kim Myers) who plays the cute redhead rich girl interested in the strange Jesse and helps him with his internal battle of Freddy. The film plays off the typical Freddy haunts, finger knife slashing, long green tongues and run away buses. The change in this film from the first one is Freddy is not seen as much and it seems Jesse is the killer and he is trying to deal with that. Sure we got some gore but the cool scene of the film was when Freddy cuts his way through Jesse’s body but outside of that the film was sort of flat.
Rating: Not sure if it was the lack of Freddy in the film or if it was just too different then the past one. This film just missed the mark. There was just too much time wasted on Jesse himself and just too much filler in the film with him and his friend Ron (Robert Rusler). The movie was lacking when it came to excitement plus there was too male nudity compare to female and we never did get to see Kim Myers! This is one of the more lacking films in the Nightmare series.