Robert Kurtzman (1997)

18 Certificate


Our Score
The saying "Be careful what you wish for, it may come true" provides the basis for this oddly comforting throwback to the early 1980s slasher glory days, directed by former special-effects genius Robert Kurtzman and executive-produced by Wes Craven. It follows the struggle of Los Angeles gem specialist Tammy Lauren to stop the evil 12th-century Persian Djinn (genie) wreaking havoc after he tries to trick her into making three wishes when she discovers him trapped in an enchanted opal. Andrew Divoff is good value as the genie, but the one-jolt premise gets stretched out to vanishing point. The casting of Robert Englund (best known as Freddie Krueger), Tony Todd (Candyman) and Kane Hodder (Jason Vorhees) will be a nostalgic tonic for splatter addicts.


A demonic genie grants wishes that backfire on those who make them in horrific ways, so he can feed on their souls. After centuries trapped in a magical jewel he is unleashed on modern-day Los Angeles, and tries to trick the woman who freed him into helping him unleash a horde of demons on the world. Horror, starring Andrew Divoff and Tammy Lauren.

Cast & Crew

Alexandra Amberson Tammy Lauren
The Djinn / Nathaniel Demerest Andrew Divoff
Merritt's guard Kane Hodder
Johnny Valentine Tony Todd
Raymond Beaumont Robert Englund
Narrator Angus Scrimm
Zoroaster Ari Barak
Director Robert Kurtzman
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Other Information

Language: EnglishColourTheatrical distributor: First Independent Films LtdGuidance: Contains violence and swearing. Available on: video and DVD