We go forward to the modern day. Ted Raimi [ SeaQuest DSV ] and Robert Englund [ Nightmare on Elm Street ] are overseeing the transportation of an ancient relic. The relic contains the Djinn's gem. As you can imagine, something goes badly wrong and the Djinn is released. He kills a character played by Andrew Divoff, then appears in his human form played by ... Divoff. Yes, this gives the Producers the chance to avoid paying two actors, and Divoff himself gets to avoid wearing extensie makeup for many scenes.
Tammy Lauren , a Jeri Lynn Ryan lookalike with neither the talent or the attractiveness, is the one who accidentally released the Djinn. Therefore Divoff the Djinn stalks her, trying to force her into making three wishes so he can rule the world. Along the way he kills of some boring one-liner characters - just like Warwick Davis does in Leprechaun .
The real highlight of the film is the appearance of Tony Todd [ Candyman ], who has a cameo as Johnny Valentine the security guard. Kane Hodder [title character of Jason X ] also has a cameo. Angus Scrimm [ Phantasm ] narrates, and Verne Troyer [ Goldmember ] is one incarnation of the Djinn. However, this is not enough to raise the film above mediocrity.
Divoff pleads guilty to burglarising the Museum and shooting a guard, so he gets sent straight to prison. This is part of his plan: he sells wishes and collects souls. The Producers get to provide some cheap schlock, and Divoff manages to spend most of the film without make-up.
The burglar girl isn't much of an anti-heroine: she spends most of the film feeling guilty about shooting the guard. The script invents a different way for the heroine to defeat the Djinn, so that the audience don't feel that it's just the same thing over again. No, it's not exactly the same as the original -
Gabriel is out of his league when up against Ms Beals, so he recruits a helper. Enter Brittany Murphy and her boyfriend [Danny Strong - Jonathan in Buffy The Vampire Slayer ] in an amateurish suicide attempt. Damn, Danny Strong's characters are always hard-up for women!
Meanwhile, Ms Beals finds some help of her own. First a priest [JG Hertzler - Star Trek ] and then a good Angel [Eric Roberts - The Specialist].
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