Wish Upon (2017)

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Movie Synopsis: Jonathan Shannon (Ryan Phillippe) gives his 17-year-old daughter Clare (Joey King) an old music box that promises to grant its owner seven wishes. Skeptical at first, Clare becomes seduced by its dark powers when her life starts to radically improve with each wish. Everything seems perfect until she realizes that every wish she makes causes the people who are closest to her to die in violent and elaborate ways.

Trailer for Wish Upon

Wish Upon hit theaters on July 14th, I’m a few weeks late with this one I thought it would have some hype after it came out because the movie was actually a really decent horror film for PG-13 it had a lot of sad moments and its jump scare scenes throughout the hour and half run-time. This movie is just like any High School horror that makes teenage girls look so vain and stupid. So Clare’s father Johnathan is a scrap collector (I’m actually not sure if that is the correct title) He dumpster dives with his pal Carl (Kevin Hanchard) around town collect scrap or whatever they deem sell-able but he’s also a hoarder whose home looks like a cluttered mess and after many years after his wife’s death he’s still hasn’t moved on with his life.

Before I continue I have to mention that the mother died from suicide and they show her death scene twice, if this is a trigger for you, you might want to avoid this movie because it’s shown at least 3 or 4 times throughout the remaining hour of the movie. Suicide is mentioned a lot throughout the movie it goes along with the cursed pot, there is talk about the suicides of the past owners but the movie only shows Clare’s and her Mothers.

The cursed pot is called a wish pot it’s of Chinese origin and the curse dates back to the 1700s. A Chinese demon is responsible for the curse as humans it feeds into our selfish greed to have what we don’t need. The demon feeds off of that once you get the gist that making wishes while holding the pot makes everything comes true the demon already has you under its control because you’re going to go through all these wishes because it’s only human to ask for what you believe you deserve in life.

Clare goes through just about every death of someone close to her when her friend Ryan introduces his cousin Gina, who can read ancient Chinese on the pot she’s sadly a casualty because she knows more than she needs to the demon has been on her since she figured out that the curse can’t be broken and it will end with Clare’ s death regardless if she keeps the box or abandon it. I believe the demon killed Gina because she was about t tell Clare about her findings and a way to help Clare figure out a way around the curse and the demon wouldn’t get his side of the bargain and everyone would be alive.

Clare has a best friend named Meredith (Sydney Park) And she’s the comedic relief in this movie, if you see the movie you’ll know exactly who she is. She’s a key person for keeping me interested in this movie and probably the only reason I’m saying it’s decent enough to watch. Meredith only has a few scenes but she steals the scene each time, I really could care less about anyone the cursed pot kills just leave Meredith out of this.

Her other best friend June (Shannon Purser) Is a serious type and kind of like the mother of the group. She also gets tested by the cursed pot, when a wish Clare made for popularity didn’t kill anyone for a while in the movie the Demon is playing with her friends giving both of them a near death experience. Further in as the movie progresses and you realize no one died for that wish which means whoever dies this time is between her friends and you’re kind of hopping it’s not Meredith because she’s an enjoyable character that you want to see stay until the end. I’m not going to spoil which friend gets the boot just know you will see it coming.

Even after realizing that her wishes were killing people she loved Clare still made wishes. The curse that the demon put on her had to be a strong hold because she really couldn’t stop even though it was killing people she loved.

In the end this movie was pretty good it’s rated PG-13 I wasn’t expecting it to get really or scary but the whole teenagers only want popularity and money out of life vibe from this movie is really played out. Wait for the movie to come to cable its not really worth the theater.

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