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Wish Upon: Review and Spoiler

Wish Upon

If you could make seven wishes, what would they be? Money, the cure for cancer or world peace?

What if, each wish came with a destructive (and ever-escalating) price tag? Would you get so vulnerable and caught up in your gratification that you dismiss the evil associated with it?

Wish Upon is the latest horror thriller from the director (John R. Leonetti) of Annabelle, that tells the tale of a young girl that was given seven wishes that allowed her to change her future. Clare Shannon (Joey King) is a 17-year-old girl that is barely surviving the hell that is high school, along with her friends, Meredith (Sydney Park) and June (Shannon Purser). For as long as she can remember, all she ever wanted to do was alter her past.

Twelve years have passed since discovering her mother's (Elisabeth Röhm) suicide. Clare and her father, Johnathan (Ryan Phillippe), have continued to live under the long shadow cast by the tragedy. Once a successful jazz musician and teacher, Jonathan has become a manic hoarder, routinely embarrassing his daughter by dumpster diving in front of her school. To makes matters worse, she is the Populars' favorite bully target and barely detectable to her longtime crush.

Joey King stars as Claire in WISH UPON, a Broad Green Pictures release.] Joey King stars as Claire in WISH UPON, a Broad Green Pictures release. Credit: Steve Wilkie / Broad Green Pictures

But all of that begins to change after her dad gifts her an old music box with an inscription that promises to grant the owner's wishes. Clare makes her first wish and, to her surprise, it comes true. Before long, she finally has it all: money, popularity and her dream guy. Everything seemed perfect up until the people closest to her begin meeting freakishly, twisted and violent deaths.

With the help of her friend, Ryan (Ki Hong Lee), Clare realizes the only way to save her loved ones is to get rid of the box, but she finds herself addicted to her new-and-improved life. Unwilling to give it all up and return to the way things were, Clare is led further and further down a dark and dangerous path.

(l-r.) Joey King stars as Claire, Alice Lee as Gina and Ki Hong Lee as Ryan in WISH UPON, a Broad Green Pictures release. Credit: Steve Wilkie / Broad Green Pictures

The cast of Wish Upon also includes: Josephine Langford as Darcie, Alexander Nunez as Tyler and Daniela Barbosa as Lola, the Populars' queen bee, court jester and top acolyte; Sherilyn Fenn as Mrs. Deluca, next-door neighbor and surrogate mother to Clare; and Mitchell Slaggert as Paul, Clare's swoon-worthy crush.

Although it was extremely predictable, every aspect of the film, from the look, to the shots, to the scares and the deaths were executed perfectly (no pun intended). Wish Upon has so many facets of entertainment. It makes you jump, it scares you, but it also has laughs that give viewers a little breathing room between each scare. The movie gave you a "Final Destination" vibe as you watch the many twisted ways each character faces death.

Wish Upon makes you want to be more careful about the wishes you make and, although meant as a horror film, it also justifies the importance of appreciating what you have and proves that the grass isn't greener on the other side.

Wish Upon hits theaters everywhere Friday, July 14 and after seeing it, be careful what you wish for...

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