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Wishmaster 4:: The Prophecy Fulfilled

A young woman needs to thwart the evil djinn before he launches hell on earth.

Genre - Genre Classics

Director(s) - Chris Angel

Writer(s) - John Benjamin Martin

Cast - Tara Spencer-Nairn, Michael Trucco and Jason Thompson

Blue Rider's Role - Executive producers

Distributor(s) - Artisan Entertainment, PlayArte Home video (Brazil), RCV Film Distribution (Netherlands)

Release Date - 2002

Synopsis - In this fourth film in the series on the hell-raising Wishmaster, the Djinn unleashes his undying love and three wishes on a beautiful new victim named Lisa, whose crucial third wish is one that the Wishmaster cannot fulfill without leaving a trail of terror, devastation and blood. As the third wish is made, humankind had better be prepared for the apocalypse. Woken up once again, the repulsive Djinn returns to wreck the life of more innocent victims with his deadly wish fulfillments. In order to prevent the release of the evil brotherhood of the Djinns from Hell, Lisa must find a way to destroy the Djinn to stop the prophecy from being fulfilled.

Award for Wishmaster 4:
Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled was nominated for the DVD Premiere award for Best Visual Effects (by Pierre Couture).

Release Data:
Wishmaster 4 made its U.K. debut on June 10, 2002, opened in the U.S. on October 22, bowed in Spain on March 12, 2003, hit Indonesian screens on July 17 and screened in italy on January 14, 2004.

Viewers' Ratings:
According to the voting at the Internet Movie Database (tabulating the ratings of 955 viewers through Feb. 27, 2009), the demographic groups that liked Wishmaster 4 best were girls 17 and younger (rating it 9.6 out of 10), followed by women 45 and older (7.4) and women 18-29 (5.3).

Critics' Kudos:
David Nusair of Reel Film Reviews praised: "some fine acting by all three leads. Tara Spencer-Nairn proves to be a surprisingly adept heroine, rarely succumbing to the scream-and-run trap that tends to engulf most horror actresses. Michael Trucco gives a charismatic and slick performance as both the meek Steven and the [villainous] Djinn [occupying] Steven. The film is enjoyable enough and gory enough to please most horror fans."

Bill Chambers of Film Freak Central calls Wishmaster 4: "chirpy, alive and irrationally lovable," noting that it "avoids the trap of monotony into which many a horror sequel falls. The picture has free-floating ideas to spare."

Christopher Null, "Wishmaster 4's sense of humor makes it plenty watchable. The djinn's mind control tricks telling one lawyer to hold his tongue (literally) is a real hoot.

"As a new scream queen, Tara Spencer-Nairn is effective, as is Michael Trucco, the smarmy lawyer who finds his body inhabited by the bad djinn and who puts the moves on his prey, Lisa (Spencer-Nairn).

"DVD includes two somewhat amusing commentary tracks, making-of documentary, and a humorous "Djinn's Guide to Dating" Q&A session."

"Nix," "Wishmaster 4 has reaffirmed my belief that this particular horror franchise is still a worthwhile guilty pleasure. The series is now going for gore, sex and special effects. The sex is provided by lead Tara Spencer-Nairn in various stages of undress, including a romp with the Trucco-Djinn on the sofa.

"The Djinn this time around is Michael Trucco, who plays the slick lawyer with the right amount of sleaze, lust, and cunning. I would go so far as to say that should there be another installment, the filmmakers must really consider bringing Trucco back. The actors all do decent jobs, with Tara Spencer-Nairn pulling off the heroine role with flair and conviction."

"Chris Angel's direction seems to have improved."

Mike Long, DVD Maniacs: "Wishmaster: The Prophecy Fulfilled (AKA Wishmaster 4) must get points for trying something different. Once the love-triangle story is introduced, the film takes a very odd twist and becomes much more of a drama than a horror film...well, a drama in which one of the characters is a monstrous genie. For a low-budget film, the movie delivers some pretty good FX, and the acting isn't bad (Trucco in particular is very good)." Review: "This film has some good writing and pokes fun at the previous films. The effects are basically decent. Novak is good."

Popcorn Pictures review: "Tara Spencer-Nairn looks great in the lead role and has a habit of shedding her clothes for the camera (not that I'm complaining). John Novak makes a decent Djinn."

Major Cast and Crew Credits and Awards:
Directed by Chris Angel (A Twist of Faith, Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell, The Fear: Resurrection; won a 1997 Student Academy Award for Mr. October and nominated for a 2003 Emmy for Expedition: Bismarck).

Written by John Benjamin Martin (Drop Dead Sexy, The House Next Door, Polgergeist: The Legacy, Space Rangers, Live Once Die Twice, Devil's Diary, Try to Remember); characters created by Peter Atkins (Wishmaster, Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies, four films in the Hellraiser series, Fist of the North Star).

Stars Tara Spencer-Nairn (ReGenesis, New Waterford Girl, Final Draft, Don't Look Down, The Interior Monologue of Gil the Goldfish, 88 episodes of Corner Gas; nominated for four Canadian awards for Rub & Tug and Corner Gas, winning a Gemini Award for the latter); Michael Trucco (The Groomsmen, Next, Ablaze, Knight Club, Confessions of a Sexist Pig, 23 episodes of Battlestar Galactica, five episodes of One Tree Hill, 39 episodes of Pensacola: Wings of Gold and 31 other films and TV projects) and Jason Thompson (Undressed, Deep Cover, 214 episodes of General Hospital).

Cast also includes John Novak (Legends of the Fall, The Ex, Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell, True Heart, War, BloodRayne II: Deliverance, Into the West, 50 episodes of Kidô senshi Gundam Seed and 77 other movies and TV projects); Victor Webster (Must Love Dogs, Bringing Down the House, Dirty Love, Sunset Beach, The Lot, 66 episodes of Mutant X, seven episodes of Charmed, five episodes of Lincoln Heights and 23 other movies and TV projects); John Benjamin Martin (Flatliners, My Chauffeur, The House Next Door, Lawnmower Man 2: Beyond Cyberspace, Zoo Radio); Kimberly Huie (Deep Impact, Hairshirt, The Awakening, Homeboys in Outer Space, Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip, eight episodes of Beautiful People, 16 episodes of G-Spot, 26 other movies and TV projects); Mariam Bernstein (Woman Wanted, Framed, Falcon Beach, Category 7: The End of the World, Inside the Osmonds) and Mandy Hochbaum (East of Euclid, Nostradamus, A Life in the Day).

Executive Producers: Walter Josten (Emmy for The Incredible Mrs. Ritchie; Rescue Dawn, Falling Sky, Memory Run, My 5 Wives, Home of the Giants and 32 other films and TV projects) and Jacqueline Kelly (Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell, Heartstopper, Souled Out, Warriors of Terra).

Producers: Gary Howsam (Crime Spree, Belly of the Beast, The Shadow Dancer, Chapter 27, Chicago
Cab, Ripper, Bleeders, To Walk With Lions, 10 episodes of The Tudors and 49 other movies and TV projects) and Gilles Paquin (Maneater, The Clown at Midnight, Cord, Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell, Journey, Hybrid).

Original Music by Daryl Bennett and Jim Guttridge, known collectively as "Ferocious Fish: (three Gemini and Leo Award nominations for Voyage of the Unicorn and The Entrance; Zacharia Farted, Decoys, Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell and Knockin on Heaven's Door)

Cinematography by Curtis J. Petersen (Ski School, Silver Wolf, Crime Spree, Kevin of the North, Death Wish V: The Face of Death, Cord, My 5 Wives, Sabotage and 73 other films and TV projects).

Film Editing by Marcus Manton (Behind Enemy Lines, Pumpkinhead, American Ninja, Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, Lambada, Missing in Action 2: The Beginning, Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell, Ghosts, I Madman and 24 other movies and TV projects).

Production Design by Rejean Labrie (Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell, Cord, Twilight of the Ice Nymphs, Desire, The Heart of the World, My Winnipeg, Lucid).

Art Direction by Sherri Starkell (Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell, The Big Pickle; assistant art director on Cord).

Costume Design by Linda Madden (Red Team, Nostradamus, Tamara, The Plague, Maneater, Grizzly Rage, The Big White, 26 episodes of 2030 CE; costume supervisor on 27 episodes of The Adventures of Shirley Holmes).

Creature Costume by Leigh Bobb (Black Mask 2: City of Masks, Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell).

Visual Effects Supervisor: Dean Lewis (nominated for Video Premiere Award for Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell and nominated for Visual Effects Society Award for Expedition: Bismarck; supervised visual effects for Station Nord, Bears, Last Mystery of the Titanic, Prisoner of Paradise and The Secret Adventures of Jules Verne).

Special Effects by Gary Paller (Scary Movie, Little Man, The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants, The Accused, Mystery Alaska, six episodes of Special Unit 2 and 66 other movies and TV projects) and Mark Gebel (Capote, The Lookout, Shall We Dance, The Saddest Music in the World, Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell, Framed, Twilight of the Ice Nymphs).

Internet Movie Database entry for Wishmaster 4

Wishmaster 4 trailer (for Real Player, Quicktime and WMP)

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