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Wish Upon (2017)

Wish Upon (2017)

Country: USA

Director:  John R. Leonetti

Main Stars:  Joey King, Ryan Phillippe, Ki Hong Lee, Mitchell Slaggert, Shannon Purser, Sydney Park, Elisabeth Rohm, Joesphine Langford, Alexander Nunez, Daniela Barbosa

Storyline:  A teenage girl was given a box from her father and it unlocks, and grants wishes.

Review (Spoils): Young Clare (Joey King) is a misfit and does not fit with in the in crowd. When her embarrassing father delivers a special box and she figures how to unlock its secrets it grants 7 wishes. Of course, as a young teenager she is selfish in her wishes and because of that it comes with a horrible price.

This film plays off the characters of misfits and a small group of individuals that do not fit in with the in crows at school. When the main character Clare abuses the power of the box and starts to use the wishes there are deadly consequences.  Picture the deaths along the lines of the Final Destination series, which the mix of Wishmaster for the grant wish part (minus the djinn) and Hellraiser as the box has a puzzle box feel to it. There you go you have the Wish Upon movie!

The film gives some nasty kills that is for sure like stabs through the eye, a nasty garage disposal death, elevators that crash, car hits, some nasty fungus of death and other weird deaths and pains of the world. Basically, the film is the main character trying to fit and drops all her friends and other with the wishes of her selfish need. The film screams teen drama.

Rating:  The idea was okay but stolen from past big names series and the death scream influence from the Final Destination films. Did it hurt the film? A little to be honest as it seemed like a bit of a copy cat. We could have used a little more of Joesphine Langford but I was interested to see how this film was going to end and was not upset with the ending to be honest. Joey King did do a great job as the main character but when it came to the wishes it did seem out of character when it came to be waiting to be popular. Its worth a watch as there is a Hell of lot worse out there in horror.

5/10 Beers!

Yacker

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Annabelle (2014)

Annabelle (2014)

Country:  USA

Director:  John R. Leonetti

Main Stars: Ward Horton, Annabelle Wallis, Alfre Woodard

Storyline:  A couple experiences some supernatural occurrences through a doll since they were attacked by hippies.

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Review (Spoils):  Mia (Annabelle Wallis) receives a rare doll that was missing from her doll collection from her husband (pretty rough shaped looking doll). After that time she and her husband get attacked by some satanic cult hippies but they both survive. What they did not know is the hippy chick dropped her soul or an evil haunt into the doll before she slit her own throat. This film is a prequel to The Conjuring which now explains the opening sequence of that film. We have a doll moving from one area to another for no reason, blood, crazy cult members, some ghostly children, the ghost of the hippy chick and the typical ghost pulling people around on the floor. Nothing that really screams original here.

Rating:  I do have to say that I held expectations up for this film as I did enjoy The Conjuring and I was pretty disappointed. I was expecting some crazy ass satanic cult stuff or some really messed up possession but instead I was just served the creepy doll with some typical ghost stuff. This can be a total let down if you’re a diehard horror fan who has seen a lot of really messed up stuff. This film was not boring but at the same time it is overhyped.

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4/10 Beers!

Yacker

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