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Wishmaster 3:: Beyond the Gates of Hell

Accidentally released from his tomb, the djinn murders his way across campus while trying to get a co-ed to make three wishes--thereby dooming the earth.

Genre - Genre Classics

Director(s) - Chris Angel

Writer(s) - Alex Wright

Cast - John Novak, A. J. Cook , Tobias Mehler and Jason Connery

Blue Rider's Role - Bridge financier and Jeff Geoffray produced

Distributor(s) - Artisan Entertainment, Europa Films (Brazil), Paradiso Home Entertainment (Netherlands), Twister Digital Video (Russia)

Release Date - 2001

Synopsis - For the third time, the evil Wishmaster returns with more evil and grotesquerie to wreck the lives of more innocents. This time, his victim is a beautiful, innocent and studious teenage girl named Diana Collins, who accidentally opened up the Djinn's tomb and released him. After gaining his freedom, the Djinn goes into a murderous frenzy though her college campus, while trying to get Diana to make her three wishes. While Diana is on the run, she must endeavor to prevent the Djinn from subjecting the entire world to Hell's wrath.

Award for Wishmaster 3:
Wishmaster 3 was nominated for the DVD Exclusive Award for Best Visual Effects for Pierre Couture and Dean Lewis.

Release Data:
Wishmaster 3 was shown at the 2001 American Film Marketed and then debuted on U.S. screens on Oct. 23, 2001, Over the next five years it screened in Russia, Norway, Italy, Hungary, Spain, Switzerland, Canada, Australia and the Philippines.

Viewers' Ratings:
According to the Internet Movie Database, which sought evaluations of Wishmaster 3 by 1,209 of its users (through Feb. 27, 2009), the demographic groups which like the film best are girls 17 and younger (rating it 9.9 out of 10),
followed by women 45 and older (5.2). This film appealed more to females than to males.

Critics' Kudos:
Ryan Cracknell, Apollo Guide: "Finally, a return to good old-fashioned horror. Wishmaster 3 will please its core audience of horror fans hungry for constant gore and the genre’s familiar evil monsters."

Dr. Gore's Movie Reviews: "The Wishmaster doesn't play fair with his wishes. No matter what you wish for, you will pay dearly. Even the most innocuous wish will result in an extremely painful death. You can wish for a cute puppy and a little dog will spring out of nowhere and lunge for your throat. But he's so cute! Even if the Wishmaster doesn't ask for a wish and you're just standing around mumbling to yourself, 'I wish I had some more money' a gold bar will land on your skull. Didn't see that coming did ya?! Maybe the movie is trying to say we should stop wishing our lives away. We daydream of a better life and the Wishmaster gives us a fatal reality check. I liked the Wishmaster and his unfair Death Wishes. It worked for me."

Travis Lowell, "Jason Connery's portrayal of the evil Wishmaster is respectable. He has the same kind of charm that Divoff [the Djinn in the first two Wishmaster films] brought to the role, which makes it easier for the audience to believe some of his outlandish acts. A.J. Cook really steps up in the role of Diana. Truth be told, she's probably a little too talented to star in this sort of film. Body count: nine. Nudity: Two topless girls, one topless best friend and a nice-looking brunette in her skivvies. Wishmaster 3's gore is respectable for a direct-to-video release. There is a cool scene where a girl asks if she can 'lose a little weight.' Along with the low-budget gore effects, some of Wishmaster 3's more humorous moments provide for entertainment. If you're into cheesy horror, Wishmaster 3 is worth a rental."

Horrorwatch review: "The first Wishmaster had a great villian and an original story. I really liked that film for its creativity and imagination. Wishmaster 2, on the other hand, was [bad]. This film is a much-welcomed rebound to respectibility. It looks and feels like a professionally made motion picture, something that cannot be said for part two. What really made this film work for me is that it decided to go back to its roots and stay faithful to the first film. The Djinn is again seen as a relentless creature intent on nothing but taking over the world. It was his callousness and his clever way that made the first film a success and this film a welcomed addition to the series. The gore in this picture was very well done. This film was entertaining." "The murders were interesting and very well-orchestrated. This is mostly because, most of the time, the djinn grants wishes as he pleases, by manipulating the words of his victims. Elinor’s death was very amusing. She was interested in the possessed professor and wanted to have her 'heart broken.' Another girl, not knowing the djinn was spying on her, wished to find a hiding place and is trapped in a rat cage. After a few more murders, a victim vomits his insides to lose weight. For the first time in the series, the thing that will kill the evil djinn is sought." Review: "Wishmaster 3 has enough blood, gore and gratuitous nudity to satisfy those of us with very little expectations for Teen Slasher movies. The Djinn continues his granting of wishes and adding a deadly twist to it. There are still enough good wish-kills to keep one entertained."

"Pizowell, Burnout Central: "For the third installment in a series, Wishmaster 3 turned out to a fairly entertaining, fast-paced and at times cheesy little horror flick. Wishmaster 3 turned out to be easiest [film of the four in this series] to watch.

"The acting is all right and director Chris Angel gives us some fairly nice eye candy to keep us interested. We get some bloody moments involving a girl who pukes her stomach out and guy who gets a set of horns through the chest.

"Wishmaster 3is good enough to waste some time with."

Major Cast and Crew Credits and Awards:
Directed by Chris Angel (Emmy nom for Expedition: Bismarck; also helmed A Twist of Faith, Wishmaster 4 and This is Not a Test).

Written by Alex Wright (who wrote and directed Fast Money, The First 9 1/2 Weeks and Dangerous Waters and directed Styx, The Shipment, 78 episodes of Desire, 48 episodes of Wicked Wicked Games and nine episodes of Fashion House).

Stars John Novak (Legends of the Fall, War, Dr. Dolittle 3, The Ex, BloodRayne II: Deliverance, Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled, G.I. Joe, Into the West, 50 episodes of Kidô senshi Gundam Seed, four episodes of The Outer Limits, three episodes of MacGyver and 75 other movies and TV projects); A. J. Cook (The Virgin Suicides, Ripper, Final Destination 2, Out Cold, Night Skies, I'm Reed Fish, 64 episodes of Criminal Minds, 21 episodes of Tru Calling and 22 episodes of Higher Ground); Tobias Mehler (Disturbing Behavior, Canes, Taken, Bordello of Blood, Battle in Seattle, 13 episodes of Young Blades, eight episodes of Robson Arms, five episodes of Stargate SG-1 and 30 other movies and TV projects) and Jason Connery (Shanghai Noon, The Wild, The Lords of Discipline, Night Skies, Bullet to Beijing, Brotherhood of Blood, Chinaman's Chance, 13 episodes of Robin of Sherwood, 11 episodes of Gadget and the Gadgetinis, six episodes of Trollz, three episodes of Smallville and 44 movies and TV projects).

Cast also includes Louisette Geiss (Molly, Cahoots, Champions, Novel Romance, Tomoko's Kitchen and episodes of The King of Queens, Two and a Half Men, Angel and The Drew Carey Show); Aaron Smolinski (Superman, Superman III, MVP: Most Valuable Primate, Carts) and Emmanuelle Vaugier (Saw II, Saw IV, Secondhand Lions, Veiled Truth, 40 Days and 40 Nights, Blonde and Blonder, Ripper, My 5 Wives, 15 episodes of CSI: NY, 10 episodes of One Tree Hill, nine episodes of Smallville, 11 episodes of My Guide to Becoming a Rock Star, nine episodes of Madison, four episodes of Higher Ground and 52 other movies and TV projects).

Executive Producers are Jeff Geoffray (Then She Found Me, Bar Starz, Around the World in 80 Days and 29 other films and TV projects) and Jacqueline Kelly (Heartstopper, Never Cry Werewolf, Souled Out, Warriors of Terra and Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled).

Producers: Gary Howsam (Crime Spree, Belly of the Beast, Chapter 27, The Shadow Dancer, Chicago Cab, Ripper, Absolon, Bleeders, Cord, Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled, Delirious, Kevin of the North, Queen's Messenger, The Clown at Midnight, 10 episodes of The Tudors and 49 movies and TV projects), Craig Nicholls (Lesser Evil, A Valentine Carol, Thrill of the Kill, Gospel of Deceit, Shergar and Children of the Corn 666: Isaac's Return) and Gilles Paquin (The Clown at Midnight, Cord, Maneater, Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled, Something Beneath and Hybrid).

Original Music by Daryl Bennett and Jim Guttridge, known collectively as Ferocious Fish (Gemini and Leo Award nominations for Voyage of the Unicorn; Daryl earned a Leo nom for The Entrance; Daryl also scored Zacharia Farted, Decoys, Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled, First Wave, Knocking on Heaven's Door; Jim scored Higher Ground, Death Game, Once in a Blue Moon and Big and Hairy).

Cinematography by Curtis J. Petersen (Ski School, Silver Wolf, Crime Spree, Kevin of the North, Death Wish V: The Face of Death, Lake Dead, 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 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled, Ghosts, I Madman and 23 other movies and TV projects).

Production Design by Rejean Labrie (Cord, Twilight of the Ice Nymphs, Desire, The Heart of the World, Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled, My Winnipeg, Maneater and Grizzly Rage).

Art Direction by Sherri Starkell (Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled, The Big Pickle; also worked on Cord, Another Day, A Bear Named Winnie and The Clown at Midnight).

Costume Design by Linda Madden (The Big White, Red Team, Nostradamus, Tamara, The Plague, The Arrow, The Law of Enclosures, 26 episodes of 2030 CE).

Creature Costume by Leigh Bobb (Black Mask 2: City of Masks, Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled).

Special Effects by Mark Gebel (Elijah, Shall We Dance, Zeyda and the Hitman and Secret Cutting) and Ron Karkoska (Gothic Vampires from Hell, Cemetery Gates, Witchcraft XII: In the Lair of the Serpent).

Visual Effects Supervisor: Dean Lewis (was nominated for a Visual Effects Society Best Television Visual Effects Award for Expedition: Bismarck; nominated for DVD Exclusive Video Premiere Award for Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell; also supervised effects for Station Nord, Bears, Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled, Prisoner of Paradise and Bears).

Visual Effects Producer: Pierre Couture (nominated for DVD Exclusive Best Visual Effects Awards for Wishmaster 3 and Wishmaster 4; Sin City, The Life Aquatic with Steve Zissou, Racing Stripes, Rollerball, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Ancient Warriors and Journey to the Center of the Earth).

Internet Movie Database entry for Wishmaster 3

Trailer for Wishmaster 3 (in three formats)

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