Review: WISH UPON
This one falls into the “cursed object” subgenre of Horror, alongside films such as THE POSSESSION (which tells a fictitious story based upon the real-world cursed “Dybbuk Box”) and OCULUS (about a cursed mirror). Released to theaters this past summer, it was one of those movies in which I was interested but which I never got around to seeing. I seemed to recall that reviews were mostly positive among the geek sites. (Note: NEVER consult mainstream critics where a genre film is concerned, Horror films in particular. Commoner critics are not qualified to judge such fare.) Seeing it for myself, I’m happy to report that WISH UPON is a fun little Horror movie, with solid acting and storyline, even if the latter is a tad formulaic. As for those “cursed objects” films just mentioned, WISH UPON represents one of the better efforts I’ve seen. (I’m not sure if I liked it better than OCULUS, but it’s better than THE POSSESSION.)
In a nutshell, the “object” in question is a traditional Chinese “wish pot” doubling as a music box. It has a Chinese demon called a “Yaoguai” attached to it (never seen on film, and I don’t know if this was a good or a bad move on the part of the filmmaker). It grants its owner seven wishes, but for each wish granted it exacts a “blood price.” This latter generally takes the form of it killing someone close to the owner. The moral seems to be, as with the WISHMASTER films, “Be careful what you wish for.”
I couldn’t help wondering, though, as I watched the movie, if there wasn’t some way to break the box’s evil power. By wishing, perhaps, that it could never again do anything bad. Probably the Yaoguai would figure out some way around this obstacle. Cursed objects and the infernal powers behind them always tend to manage it somehow.
WAYNE MILLER is the owner and creative director of EVIL CHEEZ PRODUCTIONS (www.evilcheezproductions.blogspot.com, www.facebook.com/evilcheezproductions), specializing in theatrical performances and haunted attractions. He has written, produced and directed (and occasionally acted in) over a dozen plays, most of them in the Horror and Crime genres. His first novel, THE CONFESSIONS OF SAINT CHRISTOPHER: WEREWOLF, is available for purchase here: https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/734763
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