Wish Upon review by Bobby Blakey
I love great horror films, but they seem to get fewer and farther between these days. More often than not they are predictable and forgettable so it is nice to see something that has the potential of being something fun and new. The latest Wish Upon from Annabelle director John R. Leonetti looked like one of those that could go either way, but does it have that something new to stand out or will you wish you never saw it?
Wish Upon follows a teen girl discovers a magical box that will grant her seven wishes. As she uses her wishes for personal gain, bad things begin to happen to those around her. She discovers an evil entity lives inside the box and may be behind the gruesome deaths. The film stars Joey King, Ryan Phillippe and Sherilynn Fenn and offered up something that could have been a really great original film but gets too lost on itself trying to mesh too many genres together. There are some fun moments here, but as a whole the film is pretty predictable and never goes all in to make it truly live up to its potential. The stereotypical teen bullying and clichéd characters made it feel way more familiar than it needed to be. They could have done something similar but gone a different route with the characters to create a similar story in a much better way, but sadly it just fails to standout on its own.
This is one of those films that will likely find more of an audience with the young adult audience, but the true horror fans will likely find it too predictable and average. There are some decent kills here that is reminiscent of the Final Destination films, but not as effective overall. It was pretty easy to figure out where the ending was heading, but it still managed to be the better portion of the film. If you like these sorts of films give it a shot and decide for yourself you might enjoy it.
In addition to the film this release offers bonus content including motion comics and featurettes that takes you behind brining this film to life. Grab your copy of Wish Upon available now on Blu-ray and DVD from Broadgreen Pictures.