Movie Review: WISH UPON (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

WISH UPON was directed by John Leonetti from a screenplay by Barbara Marshall and stars Joey King, Ryan Phillippe, Shannon Purser, Ki Hong Lee, Mitchell Slaggert, Alice Lee, Sidney Park, Kevin Hanchard, Sherilyn Fenn and Elisabeth Rohm.

Be careful what you wish for…After her father (Ryan Phillippe) presents her with a mysterious music box, Clare Shannon (Joey King) is surprised to find her every wish coming true. Her joy slowly morphs into terror as she begins to realize the bloody price of each new wish.

Jonathan Shannon (Ryan Phillippe) is a garbage digging horder who finds this mysterious Chinese music box and gives it to his 17-year-old daughter Clare (Joey King) who finds out that it grants seven wishes. The young girl ends up getting obssessed with what the box has to offer her while people close to her end up dying a violent death. Clare’s life is getting better because of the box and it all seems too good to be true at first until she catches on that the deaths around her are tied to the box. With every wish Clare makes a blood price has to be made and the box picks its victims. Clare finally has a wake up call and tries to rid herself from this supernatural threat but in the end she finds out the hard way that there’s no way to escape this curse.

Okay, Wish Upon isn’t that good of a horror movie at all even though it had potential to be something really cool. The story wasn’t that good and to be honest it was kind of messy. The concept for this mysterious music box was interesting but it left unanswered questions. Even though John Leonetti knows his horror, he kind of missed the mark with this latest movie of his because it fell flat. I guess the best part to me was the cast who all did a really good job with their characters but without a good story it’s kind of a waste of talent. The movie has hints of blood and gore with its kills but it just doesn’t show enough and will leave the horror hounds out there really disappointed. They could have done a much better job with the kill scenes and it would have made the movie a much better watch. Maybe it needed just a little bit of an extreme shock factor. Maybe?

The front of the packaging features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc only features the movie logo and is color coded – the DVD has a light grey finish and the Blu-ray has a light blue finish. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, Wish Upon is a movie that tried its best to be something new and original for horror fans but it fell flat in every way possible. It reminded me some of the Final Destination movies with some of the kill scenes except these kills didn’t get extreme. The movie features this mysterious Chinese music box that opens up and bad things happen when a wish is made. This reminded me a little of the sinister Lament Configuration from the Hellraiser movies because when it opens up really bad things also happen. All in all, Wish Upon caters exclusively to today’s lamo MTV crowd and falls short with its creativity and scares. This release includes the Director’s Unrated Cut that features some footage not seen in the theatrical release. Wish Upon releases on a Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack on October 10th and unfortunately isn’t that good of a watch.

Distributor: Broad Green Pictures

Run Time: Theatrical – 90 Minutes / Unrated – 91 Minutes

Rated: PG-13

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (2.40:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English DTS-HD Master Audio 5.1

DVD Video: Widescreen (2.40:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Digital 5.1

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras on this Blu-ray+DVD Combo Pack include interviews, a behind-the-scenes featurette and two motion comics that tie into the movie.

  • “I Wish: The Cast Share What They Would Wish” (02:33)
  • “Attic Tour with Joey King” (02:11)
  • “Directing Darkness: John Leonetti and Cast Talk About Developing a Horror Film” (02:32)
  • Motion Comics – Reveals the Stories Behind the Previous Owners of the Box
  1. “Lu Mei’s Curse” (02:06)
  2. “Arthur Sands”  (01:39)


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