The horror genre has suffered in the past decade from derivative movies; sex sex sex movies; and generally unimaginative scripts. WISHMASTER is a refreshing, albeit gory, change, and thanks to the skills of an inventive director, and a tongue in cheek cast, succeeds in establishing a different kind of horror. As Jenny O'Hara, who is great as the folklore teacher, exlains to innocent Tammy Lauren, genies (or djinn) are not the Barbara Eden, happy little genies who come out and grant wonderful wishes. No, djinn are malevolent, evil and want only to rule our world. Andrew Divoff is frightfully good as the Djinn, and in assuming his human form, an antithesis of the handsome hunk. With his blazing blue eyes and potmarked skin, Divoff's handsomeness is swarthy and perfect for the part. The effects are good; the gore is plenty, but creatively filmed. I'm looking forward to the sequels, and even if they aren't as good, they tried something different. By the way, Tony Todd (Candyman) has a brief scene in which his desire to "escape" is granted micheivously.