Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled (2002)

Hot woman unleashes genie, genie meets hot woman, genie comes between hot woman and her husband, husband and genie fight for the love of the hot woman. Isn’t that always how it goes? Same old story. “Wishmaster 4” is a noticeable departure in quality, to the point where it’s almost distracting. The prologue is filmed in what looks like an HD camcorder, there’s a gratuitous sex scene not two minutes in to the film, and this time the evil djinn makes his grand appearance by emerging from a closet, as opposed to the previous times where he required a wish to take on full anthropomorphic form. Completely giving up on scaring the audience, “Wishmaster 4” is now dark fantasy, with our djinn humanized for the sake of a goofy romance.

After Sam and Lisa movie in to their new house, Sam is caught in a vicious motorcycle accident that leaves him permanently wheel bound. Spending three years on his negligence case, Lisa begins forming an awkward friendship with her lawyer Steven. After discovering the cursed gem housing the djinn from a gift Steven gives Lisa, the djinn is released and takes his form, hoping to gain Lisa’s trust and convince her to give him three wishes needed to free his imprisoned brothers. But when the djinn begins to form actual emotions for Lisa, he tries to figure out how to use his powers to do away with her husband and help her fall for him. This is the only time we see other djinns, and for once we’re told that, yes, there are other djinns.

To make things even more confusing, the djinn is capable of forming feelings for his “wakers,” all of whom have been really hot women almost every time. What a lucky streak. There’s also the inclusion of a “hunter,” a mythical sword wielding warrior whose goal is to kill the djinn and his waker. We’re never told whether this hunter is a villain or hero, as he spends a lot of the film running around and hacking innocent people with his sword. For the most part he’s integrated to add more fantasy substance, but a lot of it is wasted since his presence serves absolutely no purpose, and he affects almost nothing in the actual narrative. “The Prophecy Fulfilled” has a lot more narrative than “Beyond the Gates of Hell,” for whatever it’s worth, and despite the low budget it works on world building.

In the end though, it’s a crummy capper to an otherwise odd ball horror series.