What to make of the curious, ridiculous horror-lite “Wish Upon”? This is a spooky teen story that’s not particularly heavy on the scares and over-delivers on the unintentional giggles, almost ensuring it a spot as a cult movie, like the hilariously misguided “The Room,” though “Wish Upon” sports a far bigger budget and higher-profile names among the cast and crew.
Written by Barbara Marshall and directed by “Annabelle” helmer John R. Leonetti, “Wish Upon” plays on the haunted object premise, with a mysterious Chinese wish box wreaking havoc on the life of Clare, who can’t stop making wishes, even as her loved ones drop dead around her.
When dad brings home a dumpster treasure – a mysterious box engraved with Chinese characters – Clare facetiously uses it to wish ill upon her enemy.
So Clare keeps wishing for things like popularity, love and money.
“Wish Upon” is an odd horror film, because the monster is also our heroine.
“Wish Upon” isn’t over-the-top wacky or campy, and in fact, feels slightly low-energy, but it’s the kind of simple filmmaking coupled with absolutely insane writing and plot points that make it an ideal candidate for so-bad-it’s-good viewing.
“Wish Upon” is a harmless, defanged horror flick for the younger set.