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The film series that defines Jackass Genie.

In ancient Arabian legend, the djinn were almost nothing like the genies we know and love--they were demons. Beings "created from smokeless fire", the djinn were incredibly powerful beings who could nonetheless sometimes be trapped in various items and enslaved.

The Wishmaster films, while not sticking perfectly to Arabian lore, were intended to re-Grimmify the genie myth. Did they succeed? Undoubtedly.

The series comprises:

  • Wishmaster
  • Wishmaster 2: Evil Never Dies
  • Wishmaster 3: Beyond the Gates of Hell
  • Wishmaster 4: The Prophecy Fulfilled

Also the name of an album and a song by Nightwish.


Tropes:

 Ariella: "Now will this be cash or charge, Mr.--?"

The Djinn: "Demarest. Nathaniel Demarest. Call me Nathaniel."

  • Cassandra Truth: Subverted in the first film. When the Djinn (in human form) chases Alex into a banquet, she simply tells the doorman that the man is harassing her, and he jumps in to keep the Djinn from entering.
  • Catch Phrase: The Djinn's habit of saying "Done!" after granting a wish. Coupled with his insolent smile.
  • Chest Burster: In the opening of Wishmaster, a monster (one that actually does look a lot like a chestburster) is shown busting out a guy's stomach.
  • Chuck Cunningham Syndrome: A minor example, but at the beginning of Evil Never Dies, Morgana and Eric had another guy helping them rob the museum. He gets shot, and presumably killed, by a guard, and is never mentioned again afterward, either by Morgana or the reporters and officers covering the robbery
  • Cluster F-Bomb: A list of all the "fucks" and other swears uttered in Evil Never Dies would be very long indeed.
    • The scene with the homeless guy and pharmacist in Wishmaster.
  • Complete Immortality: The Djinn, who outright claims to be eternal, so someone can't just wish for him to destroy himself. The summoner also seems incapable of dying until the Djinn gets his wishes, since Morgana is completely unhurt after getting shot twice in Evil Never Dies. The djinn gave it to her for free, in order to insure her survival for him. Averted in the last two film. Angels have swords that can kill Djinn or at least banish them back to the prison between worlds. One of the wishes in the final film is for a means that can kill Djinn.
  • Cool Big Sis: Alexandra to Shannon, in the original film.
  • Crucified Hero Shot: Happens to Father Gregory in Evil Never Dies, the Djinn even going as far as making him look like Jesus.
  • Crystal Prison
  • Dangerously Genre Savvy: The Djinn apparently learned from his mistake at the end of Wishmaster by the second film. When Morgana's boyfriend (who had a part in unleashing him) wishes he was never born, the Djinn, instead of screwing with time, simply regresses him to nothing.
  • Death by Looking Up: Ed's death (crushed under a dropped crate) in Wishmaster.
  • Deal with the Devil: Djinn granting your wish equals this.
  • Dem Bones: The opening of the original film had a guy's skeleton tear free of his body and start attacking people.
  • Oddly-Named Sequel 2: Electric Boogaloo
  • Fingore: In the second movie, like Yubitsume, but without the Yakuza: Morgana does it to "purify" herself so she can fulfill the requirements of the sealing ritual.
  • Fish Out of Temporal Water: Completely averted. The Djinn has absolutely no problem adjusting.
  • Genie in a Bottle: The gem that holds the Djinn. Doubles as Sealed Evil in a Can.
  • A God Am I (Also Smith Will Suffice): Wishmaster:

 Raymond Beaumont: "M-my God!"

The Djinn: "Not yet, human. Soon. Very soon I will be."

  • Gorn
  • Goth: Morgana, Final Girl of Evil Never Dies, starts out as one, but gradually cleans herself up in an attempt to become purer.
  • Great Gazoo
  • Groin Attack: A security guards gets stabbed in the crotch with a sword by a Living Statue in Wishmaster. Once the blade is in, the thing even goes as far as twisting it.
  • Historical Villain Upgrade: In the series, Djinn are an Always Chaotic Evil supernatural race. In fact, Djinn are supposed to be as morally varied as humans are- good, evil, neutral, whatever. While there are some sources that suggest they are a universally bad lot regardless, the films, needless to say, turn them Up to Eleven.
  • Homicide Machines: The Djinn causes a card shuffler to go haywire Evil Never Dies, causing it to begin shooting cards at people with enough force to kill them.
  • Hotter and Sexier: Beyond the Gates of Hell and The Prophecy Fulfilled feature a lot of nudity. A lot.
  • Immune to Bullets: The Djinn heals instantly from blowing his own brains out in Wishmaster, getting shot in the chest in Evil Never Dies just causes him to bleed worms, and multiple gunshots have no effect on him whatsoever in The Prophecy Fulfilled.
  • Instrument of Murder: The massacre at the end of the first film has a pianist attacked by his own piano, which rips his head off with its wires.
  • Jackass Genie: Oh boy.
    • Also means the Djinn is holding the Villain Ball, big time. One would think he'd grant positive wishes and count on peoples' greed to help him fulfill his plan.
    • He has a tactic where he makes the first wish positive (so that they will wish for more), the second wish negative so that the victim will make the third and final wish to clean up the mess caused by the second wish. If he made all the wishes positive, it's possible that the person will be content with one or two, and never make the third wish.
  • Jack the Ripper: A painting of him is brought to life by the Djinn, and kills a security guard, at the end of Wishmaster.
  • Large Ham: The Djinn is ridiculously hammy, especially in the last two films.
  • Living Statue: Statues of snakes, ancient gods and warriors are animated by the Djinn at the end of Wishmaster.
  • The Mafiya: The Djinn's "sidekick" in Evil Never Dies turns out to be a member of it, and the two briefly hang out in a Russian club after getting out of prison.
  • Man On Fire: A random partier is engulfed in flames, shot from a fireplace, at the party at the end of Wishmaster.
  • Numbered Sequels
  • Reality Warper: Djinn can alter reality to fulfill a wish.
  • Reset Button: How Djinn is defeated in the first film when the third wish is used to prevent him from being released in the first place.
  • Story Reset: The first movie is finished up by having it 'never happen' with a single time-altering wish.
  • Screw Yourself: While dealing his business in prison in the second movie, Djinn grants one inmates wish that his lawyer "would go fuck himself". Hilarity Ensues.
  • Sssssnaketalk: The Djinn tends to gradually drop his human act. The first stage consists of him starting to talk in a deep hissing voice with elongated stress on some syllables.
  • Summon Bigger Fish: The protagonist of Wishmaster 3 tries this by wishing for the aid of the Archangel Michael. It only partly works. Michael has a sword that can kill the Djinn, but only the summoner can actually kill the Djinn and can only use the sword once they become worthy. Michael spends most of the film with her running. Still, his healing powers are useful.
  • Temporal Paradox: In the first film, the protagonist's solution for getting rid of the djinn creates a grandfather paradox.
  • The Worf Effect: Inverted. See Hey, It's That Guy! for the classic horror icons that are a list of his victims.
  • Theme Naming: Characters Finney, Beaumont, Derleth and Demerest in the first film are named after fifties sci-fi and horror writers.
  • Three Wishes: For the one who awoke the Djinn.
    • The Djinn may also give one "free" wish.He did so as a demonstration to show that one cannot simply wish the Djinn were dead or killed.
  • Villain Based Franchise
  • Villains Out Shopping: The Djinn goes shopping for a suit in the first film.
  • Viva Las Vegas: The end of Evil Never Dies takes place there, since it is the best place to find a ton of people wishing. As the Djinn put it:

  Djinn: "Ka-ching!"

 "You may have won the battle, but the war goes on!"

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