Realms of Terror: Dark Science Fiction 2019

These are 100 of the best dark science fiction movies, in order of preference. How many have you seen? Reviews and ratings by horror host Steve Hutchison are included.

Wish Upon

A teenage girl discovers a box that can grant wishes for a price.

 

United States
Canada
2017
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Stalker: 
Sneaker
Catastrophes: 
Accident
Collapse
Object: 
Box
Toys: 
Music Box
5.04
I wish this movie was better.
6
4
7.04
7.04
2
4
3
Performances
Editing
Plot
If this film was solely about a teenager who wishes misfortune, diseases and death upon her enemies, we’d get exactly what we signed in for. The magic box she puts her hands on comes with a set of rules. Ultimately, it comes with a retribution mechanism that prevents this film from better storytelling. The box is complicated, and its patterns are confusing.
Several elements and the overall vibe are borrowed from other horror films like The Craft, Wishmaster, Final Destination and The Box. It’s one thing to try to impress a young audience with rehashed clichés; another to expect veteran horror fans to set foot in the same traps. That being said, the genie in a lamp story has been told time and again, and it’s a tested formula.
Wish Upon has a handful of excellent actors; some who were once big in Hollywood and are now playing modest characters. Some exposition scenes are just awkward, like that damn saxophone scene and all attempts at romance. Technically speaking, this is a well shot movie, but it was neglected in the editing room. The scene transitions are inappropriate, and the cuts aren’t optimal.
History of Terror 2019: 1900 Bite-Sized Movie Reviews

Included in this book are 1900 bite-sized reviews of horror and horror-adjacent films sorted by release date. The reviews consist of 8 ratings.

Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Time Travel Films

Included in this book are 40 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent time travel films.

Time travel films focus on the consequences of traveling into the past or the future.

Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.

Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Musical Films

Included in this book are 40 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent musical films.

Musicals are a genre in which songs sung by the characters are interwoven into the narrative, sometimes accompanied by dancing.

Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.

Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Torture Films

Included in this book are 80 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent torture films.

In torture films, sadistic violence or torture is a central aspect of the plot.

Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.

Subgenres of Terror, 2nd Edition: Claustrocore Films

Included in this book are 80 reviews of horror and horror-adjacent claustrocore films.

Claustrocore films are about people stuck in one place for most of the running time.

Each book in the second edition of the Subgenres of Terror collection contains a thematic watchlist in which movies are sorted in order of preference.