Teens mess with fate and suffer the consequences in this exhausted horror whiff, a movie of zero originality.
After her dad discovers an ancient Chinese box in a garbage dumpster, a teenager is granted seven wishes. But each comes at a bloody price in this eye-scratchingly bad high-school horror.
In her situation, what would you wish for? World peace? Instagram fame? Or maybe for Hollywood to stop making horror films so needlessly violent, so deeply cynical, so aggressively targeted at teenage girls.
There are attempts at genuine human drama, such as when our teenage heroine, Clare (Joey King), expresses grief at the loss of her mom at the start of the movie through surrealist paintings. Or when dad Jonathan (a tired-looking Ryan Phillippe), finds solace in bin-diving kleptomania. Yet the priority here is how creatively the cast can be killed off by the cosmos.
Wish Upon claims to be based on the classic 1902 supernatural short story "The Monkey's Paw." In reality, it’s a mix of Mean Girls, Final Destination and the Insidious franchise, the latter on which director John R. Leonetti worked as a cinematographer. You'll be wishing you were watching any of those other films.
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