Decades of Terror: 1930-2016

Steve Hutchison analyzed horror movie decades between the 1930’s and 2016 and came up with ranked lists.

Each film description contains a synopsis, attributed genres, a list of ambiances involved, seven ratings and a three-paragraph review.

At the end of this book, you will find a list of 500 recommended dark films.

Wish Upon

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

 

United States
Canada
2017
Feature Film
Realism: 
Supernatural
Character Focus: 
Toy Film
Genie Film
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.
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