Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies (1999)

Director and writer Jack Sholder, who past on making the first movie, said of this sequel, “That’s one that I have very mixed feelings about because there are parts of it that I really like, but I think, all in all, it’s a little dumb. To tell you the truth, I haven’t seen it since I, uh, made it. When I was making it, I thought it was good. I thought a lot of it was kind of funny or clever. I definitely feel it has merit. From what I can gather, it’s one of those films that divides people. Some people don’t like it, others do. And, you know, it was also a sequel to a movie that I thought wasn’t a good movie at all. It’s a movie that I did, and I don’t regret doing. You know, there’s a lot of stuff that I think is pretty good from it. You know, like the scene from the casino I thought was pretty good. Maybe it comes off as being silly.”

I like Sholder’s films Alone in the Dark and A Nightmare on Elm Street 2: Freddy’s Revenge, so I think I gave him a pass here. Or maybe it was a half awake Saturday morning into the afternoon and I just zoned out on the couch and finally tried to relax for once.

Andrew Divoff is back as the djinn, released when a bullet breaks the gem as it sits in an art gallery. Thief Morgana Truscott (Holly Fields) escapes, leaving behind her dying boyfriend and the djinn — in human form — confesses to all the crimes so that he can build an army of souls within a prison. Meanwhile, Morgana and her ex-lover now priest Gregory (Paul Johannson) try to figure out how to stop the visions and deaths caused by the evil big bad.

By that, I mean the priest gets all sorts of occult knowledge while Morgana purifies herself by cutting off one of her fingers and then they make sweet love, but fight demons in any way you can, I guess.

I mean, this has Tiny Lister in it as a warden, so I can’t completely dislike it. Divoff is so much fun that it just keeps me watching these. That jail, by the way, is the same one from A Nightmare On Elm StreetChained Heat‘s boiler room also belongs to this location.

You can watch this on Tubi.

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