Entertaining with suspense, nice plot twists (by emperoryad)
To me it was an excellent movie, for a horror didn't need to get all gory but it did provide some of that for people who like a lot of that, sometimes better to show just enough and leave the rest to the imagination, we get the idea/picture. There was good suspense, drama, and plot twists. Versus other horror films this is good as any other ever made if not better, its a high school coming of age horror film, about what you would expect a film like this to be. Like the diversity in the movie and with an Asian male in it not being emasculated.
Swish Upon (by imdb-936-837144)
A woman Johanna Shannon Elisabeth Rohm is shown reluctantly throwing out a cloth-wrapped treasure in the trash. Her preschool daughter Clare Raegan Revord asks if she can ride her bike down the street. Her mom tells her it's okay but she has to come right back and stay on their own block. That's safe, to keep within an established timeframe and in one's familiar surroundings. She goes off with her pup Max, explores some baby birds in a tree nest, and returns home.Fast forward to Clare as a high school senior. Her neighbor bakes with apples. Clare is the apple that <more>
doesn't fall far from the tree, taking after her mom who "was a good woman but she had a rough childhood, … secrets too big to live with." Clare has a sensitive artistic side like her mom's, which combined with a childhood trauma and a slight frame, makes her a target for bullying. Max is a big dog now. Her dad Jonathan Ryan Phillippe is a suave jazz sax player with a sideline of dumpster diving. He would have made a real catch in his day. The dumpster diving was fun when Clare was little, but now her dad is a source of embarrassment among Clare's schoolmates. One day Jonathan finds a clamshell music box among the detritus—presided over by a gargoyle. Belated research will prove it to be a Chinese wish pot managed by a demon Chinese: Yao Guai that grants its holder seven wishes coming with a non-optional "blood price." After the 7th wish the Yao Guai claims its holder's soul. This particular pot had a tragic beginning, but its subsequent owners led prosperous lives—what remained of them—surrounded by lots of death.This puts one in mind of Prov. 26:27 "Whoso diggeth a pit shall fall therein: and he that rolleth a stone, it will return upon him", now bastardized into, "What goes around comes around", or in pc terms messing with a level playing field. Rolling a stone uphill with affirmative action is what causes it to roll back down, and the pit is dug to handicap the competition. Who could blame those owners for capitalizing on their "leveling" device to give themselves a playing field more to their liking, collateral damage notwithstanding?Jonathan gives it to Clare as an early birthday present. Lacking the maturity of the previous owners, she makes various droll requests concerned with her status among her high school crowd. If you count coming down with a disfiguring disease and falling madly in love, there are plenty of hits and falls associated with Clare's wishes. Double whammies are not out of the question, either, where there is both a hit *and* a fall. A hanging, for instance, involves a fall from one's support, then the knot of the hangman's noose striking the back of the cranium to knock out the soon-to-be-deceased before the rope breaks his neck. An auto-pedestrian accident may start with the struck person being launched through the air to fall upon something. At any rate the sound of a falling body is 'swish' and a hit *upon* is like the *Upon* in the cute title. When Clare turns 18, her wishes turn more mature.The setting looks genuine Ohio where I once lived. The actors are all good, down to the dog, and the principal Clare is photogenic, easy to look at. The plot is consistent and strangely relevant to real life. The music from the box sounds western, but the Mandarin Chinese pronunciation in the Chinese class was spot on as they did their drills starting with the teacher's name. "Wish Upon" was not overly gory, relying more on suspense and imagination to get to the audience. It's short at 1 1/2 hours, but if you stay past the end, there may be an extra scene. This is an altogether well-crafted film and earns my highest marks. Unfortunately, it hasn't been heavily hyped, so horror lovers may miss a good one if they wait too long. It's clever enough to deserve more than one viewing to catch what you missed the first time.
Final Destination Mixed With The Monkey's Paw!!! (by Pumpkin_Man)
So far, this has been the best horror movie of 2017. I was intrigued by the story, the characters are mostly likable and it was interesting to see what Clare would wish for next and who would pay the price for it. Joey King was great and adorable as Clare. I felt so sorry for her. She was going through Hell and you can feel it. A lot of other main stars in horror movies are so generic, that you don't care whether they live or die or not. As a child, Clare Shannon witnessed her mother's suicide. Since then, she's been haunted by the memory. Her dad is eccentric and goes dumpster <more>
diving as a hobby. One day, he finds a mysterious Chinese music box as a gift. It says that it grants seven wishes, so she wishes her school bully would rot away. Sure enough, the bully's skin begins to decompose. She wishes her crush will fall madly in love with her. She wishes to be the most popular girl in school. All this begins to come true, but at a terrible price; someone that Clare loves dies whenever a wish is made. Will she be able to stop the madness? I highly recommend WISH UPON!!!
I waited for months to watch the sequel to 13 Hours, and it finally arrived in my local theater last night. Wish Upon, the movie, is a fantastic take on everything horror. I was on the edge of my seat the whole time the trailers were playing. After the opening credits rolled, I was in complete denial I was watching a classic horror movie, a la Freddy Kruger and Jason. Wish Upon has highs and lows, but mostly highs. I spilled my popcorn several times when watching because of the sheer terror the director laid onto us. When Wish Upon 2 comes out in three years, you can bet I will be there, big <more>
popcorn in hand. Wish Upon is a movie you will never forget, and you will wish upon a star the movie isn't available on DVD tomorrow.
This turned out to be the most enjoyable kind of horror movie - a clever story with some humor that links things together. It's not gory either and doesn't rely on cheap shock tactics. A poor tomboyish girl who isn't popular and picked upon by the high school bitch gets a present of a Chinese wish box that her dad found in a dumpster. It turns out to grant wishes but there is a price to pay for each wish granted. It's fun when she initially gets her wishes like fixing the school bitch and getting money and the guy she likes. There is a gleeful anticipation to see how things <more>
will play out even when you can guess what's coming. The likable cast is headed by Joey King - you can see her grow up in horror movies is the right kind of actress for this role - cute and likable. Ryan Phillippe plays her dumpster diving Dad. Nice to see Sherilyn Fenn again as a neighbor.A notch above the Final Destination series. This should be this summer's hit horror flick.
When Joey kings character says that epic comeback I went up 8 stars
"Wish Upon" is one of the best thrillers of the year! (by dave-mcclain)
"When you wish upon a star, makes no difference who you are, anything your heart desires will come to you." That's the chorus from a song in Walt Disney's 1940 animated classic "Pinocchio" – and the song went on to become the de facto anthem of the Walt Disney Company. But 2017's fantasy horror thriller "Wish Upon" PG-13, 1:31 sure ain't Disney. Throughout history, in literature, folklore and real life, people have made wishes by throwing money in a well, blowing dandelion seeds into the wind, blowing out candles on a birthday cake and <more>
whispering their greatest desires to the heavens. Those wishes are usually for good things and, if a wish seems to have come true, it usually means good things have happened. But along with the universal human habit of wishing, comes the proverbial admonition to be careful what you wish for. Sometimes a wish granted can create unforeseen problems that the wisher then wishes he or she could just wish away. The advertising for "Wish Upon" carries a reminder of that traditional warning and the movie makes the point that, whether you're wishing on a star or a mysterious wooden box, the seemingly innocuous act of making a wish, can make you wish you hadn't. Clare Shannon Joey King is a typical teenager with typical wishes. She's awkward and wishes she weren't. She has a crush on a classmate Mitchell Slaggert who doesn't notice her and she wishes he would. She doesn't have much money and she wishes she did. Her father embarrasses her and she wishes he didn't. And she has even more serious problems like the memory of seeing her mother hang herself years earlier , problems she'd love to be able to wish away, but can't. Or can she? When Clare's father, Jonathan Ryan Phillippe , who seems to make his living by salvaging what other people throw away think, a modern day "Sanford and Son" , brings her home a wooden box with Chinese writing on it, Clare just may have the solution to all her problems sitting right on her bed. Then again, maybe not.Clare is learning Chinese in school and, while she can't read all the writing on the box, she can make out something about the box granting seven wishes. Not really believing that the box's promise is real, but really wishing it were, she touches it and makes a hypothetical wish that a school bully "would just go rot". When Clare's tormentor suddenly comes down with a flesh-eating infection, Clare is amazed at the "coincidence". She doesn't necessarily believe that her wish was responsible or that the box caused her classmate's unusual illness, but she makes some more wishes you know just in case. What Clare definitely doesn't yet fathom is that a series of freak accidents and tragic deaths in her town are somehow connected to her wishes. To understand that means being able to read the rest of the writing on the box and learning about its mysterious origins, things that her classmate, Ki Hong Lee Ryan Hui can help her out with. But even when she understands what's happening and why, she has to decide whether to listen to her best friends Sydney and Shannon Meredith McNeil and June Acosta who tell her to get rid of the box, or heed the ominous warning the box has for those who take such an action. "Wish Upon" is one of the best thrillers of mid 2017. Sure, it's unrealistic, but show me a thriller that isn't. And, yes, it's kind of simplistic, but therein lies its appeal. Screenwriter Barbara Marshall "Viral", TV's "Terra Nova" creates a solid mythology to under-gird the film's premise and does a great job of connecting the dots of her various plot points, while staying within the limits she establishes for her story. Director John R. Leonetti "Annabelle", "The Butterfly Effect 2" keeps the script real regarding the behavior of an ordinary teenage girl caught up in some extraordinary circumstances , builds tension at key moments and gives us some disturbing and bloody fulfillment of the box's warnings, while not relying on an unnecessary amount of gore. The acting is even pretty good for a horror movie, especially from the film's central character, played by rising young star Joey King. This movie combines typical teenage dreams with the nightmare of the "Final Destination" films and what Movie Fans get is one creepy, scary and brain-teasing good time which brings home the warning in the film's tagline. "A-"
The critics were way too hard with this movie. Yeah, there were a few sequences that looked dumb and somewhat false, but let's be honest guys, what horror movie doesn't include a sequence like that? And I'm including the horror cult classics too.But anyway, Mr. Leonetti brought us something similar but still different to his latest horror film 'Annabelle'. 'Wish Upon' is indeed a horror/fantasy movie that is completely worth mentioning between the most original and interesting films of the genre in recent years.First of all, I was completely impressed by the <more>
performance of Joey King. It was completely convincing and I hope her future jobs were as good as this one, or even better.The story, although some may find it as a cliché, it is very well managed and eventually you will forget that there were other films that had a similar story-line before. The script is well done and entertaining.And now, about what I'm putting as the title for this review, the movie isn't necessarily a horror movie with jump-scares and gore throughout; it is a film that leaves you an important lesson: If you find an strange object on a strange and unusual place, would be better if you don't touch it...Thank you for reading!
Top Notch Bubble Gum Horror (by spamspamspam-18819)
Had to take a few minutes to sign up for an account so I could leave a review of this movie. I almost didn't bother watching it after reading a lot of negative reviews. Fortunately I ignored them when I realized they were mostly insulting all the things great bubble gum horror movies thrive on. Predictability, stereotyped high school characters, dumb decisions, trying too hard soundtracks and on and on.Throw in some A list actors and the mention of minimal gore and it sounded like exactly the sort of Saturday night movie I was looking for. And it didn't disappoint at all. Joey King is <more>
really good. You can completely believe in the decisions her character makes. Phillipe is less douche bag then I've ever seen him and Sherilyn Fenn is still kicking which is fun to see.The writing is really bang on for this type of movie other than the girl who says "hot sauce" and other stupid things that sound more like someone trying to parody bad dialogue. Same thing goes for the characters. I found most of their actions understandable. In reality people can and do make bad decisions. There's nothing here that makes you throw up your arms and say "Ah Come on! Nobody would do that!" That's a real deal breaker in a lot of horror movies.In short, the perfect horror for fans of fun horror in the Final Destination vein.