Not that the first was flawless, but the sequels played fast, loose, and silly with the wish rule mythology. What started as requiring intentional requests diluted to off color comments qualifying as "wishes" to finally just being in the same room doing something hedonistic. Basically the creators weren't even trying anymore, just racking up the body count as quickly and eye catchingly as possible. Andrew Divoff, of course, is the shining star in the first two films. He makes the character, and sadly the producers try a lesser talent in the later films.