YMMV / Wishmaster

  • Complete Monster: The Djinn, pseudonym Nathaniel Demerest, is one of the cruelest of his race. He grants wishes—stretching them to their worst possible outcome based on the word choice of the wisher—with the intention of granting three wishes from his "waker" to release his kind upon the Earth, bringing eternal damnation and suffering to the human race. Prior to his imprisonment, he granted a sultan's wish to be shown wonders by transforming his people into hideous monsters. In present day-Los Angeles, he left a trail of dead: afflicting a pharmacist with cancer; turning a woman into a mannequin; blowing up an entire plane to kill one woman; and coercing other victims into wishing they were dead. He keeps the souls of the wishers trapped in his realm to be tormented for all eternity. At the climax, the Djinn transforms a man's party into a nightmare, causing his gallery to come to life and slaughter the guests, then tries to coerce the lead heroine into making her final wish by threatening her sister's life. He later returns.
  • I Am Not Shazam: The villain is sometimes referred to as being "Wishmaster" by people describing the film. The villain is not called Wishmaster; that's just a role he fulfills. He's the Djinn.
    • In the second film he does refer to himself as the Wishmaster as a title not a proper name.
  • Idiot Plot: The entirety of the first movie's events (sans the massacre at the sultan's court) could have been prevented if one man had not been drinking on the job.
  • Just Here for Godzilla: You might not have known what to expect while watching the first movie, but as befits a Villain-Based Franchise, few people can probably claim to have watched the sequels for anything other than the Djinn working his magic.
  • Sequelitis: Second movie was acceptable, while 3 and 4 were Direct-to-Video sequels made simultaneously, discarded canon "rules", and didn't have the original actor.
  • So Bad, It's Good: The acting in these movies is... dubious, at best.