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Wishmaster ★ Wes Craven Presents Wishmaster 1997 (R)

An evil genie grants wishes to those who stumble upon him, but he also gets his kicks by destroying the lives of those naive enough to play along. Anemic horror tale that's as thin on plot as it is on scares. Standard-issue exploding chest cavities and flying heads can't easily erase the boredom. Make-up artist turned director Kurztman should have wished for some directorial skills, because he hasn't got a clue. Don't be misled by Wes Craven's name, his association with this dud is meant to lure the least discriminating of horror fans. 90m/C VHS, DVD . Tammy Lauren, Andrew Divoff, Robert Englund, Chris Lemmon, Tony Crane, Wendy Benson, Jenny O'Hara, Tony Todd, Kane Hodder; D: Robert Kurtzman; W: Peter Atkins; C: Jacques Haitkin; M: Harry Manfredini.