Be careful what you wish for…
DVD: Wish Upon
Runtime: 87 minutes
Age restriction: 16HVL
Reviewed by: Gareth Drawbridge
Review made possible by: Empire Entertainment
According to Oscar Wilde, there are only two tragedies in life: one is not getting what one wants, and the other is getting it.
This harsh wisdom becomes the terrifying reality Clare Shannon (Joey King) must face, seven times over, in the horror film Wish Upon.
Haunted by her mother’s suicide, Clare – an ordinary teenage girl – spends her days hanging out with her close friends while trying to navigate the treacherous corridors of high school and slip unnoticed past the backstabbing cliques which roam these hallways.
Despite not being popular, her life takes a turn, seemingly for the better, when her father (Ryan Phillippe), a compulsive hoarder and dumpster diver, finds an ancient Chinese music box which he gives Clare as an early birthday present.
Able to decipher one of the inscriptions on the box, Clare discovers the box will grant the owner seven wishes.
Of course, instead of wishing for world peace or an end to world hunger, Clare sets about wishing for all the things a high school outcast would want – to be rich, to be popular and to have the school heartthrob fall head over heels in love with her.
Ultimately, with each wish there is a blood price to be paid, and while Clare’s life ascends to new heights, those closest to her begin to suffer the consequences of her desires.
As she exhausts the number of wishes, Clare uncovers the terrible history of the box and she finally learns the truth behind the age-old adage – be careful what you wish for.
Directed by John R Leonetti (Annabelle), Wish Upon is an above-average horror film which comes across as a modern version of author W.W. Jacobs’ short supernatural horror story – The Monkey’s Paw.
While it might not satisfy every horror fan’s appetite, Wish Upon is the ideal film to watch in the early hours of the morning, before dawn breaks, when you are not in the mood for anything too serious or too dark and sinister.
Wish Upon is now available on DVD.