The following reviews were extracted from a database and formatted for this book. Tales of Terror (www.terror.ca) is a “gamified” tool designed for horror fans, students, authors and filmmakers. “Gamification” is the transformation and adaptation of tangible concepts into empirical games. This book covers franchise and public domain horror movies only. This rule ensures that each movie can be logically related and compared to another or grouped by similarity. Movies can therefore be classified, and sorted according to inherent properties.
I wish this movie was better.
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.