Wish Upon Supernatural Theme With Teen Approach

Wish Upon Film Details DecayMag.com Director: John R. Leonetti  Writer: Barbara Marshall Wish Upon

Director: John R. Leonetti

Writer: Barbara Marshall

Release Date: 14 July 2017

Release Format: Cinema

MPAA Rating: TBA

Genre: Fantasy, Horror, Thriller

Running Time: TBA


A teenage girl discovers a box that carries magic powers and a deadly price for using them.



Supernatural themes centered on physical objects is a fresh concept Horror cinema. Whether it is a Dibbuk box or a possessed doll these make for scary entertainment value. Most of these themes are based on actual events and accounts. This heightens the scare factor when executed well. In other instances, the tale is a fabrication of the writer’s imagination.

Wish Upon arrives in cinemas on July 2017. The narrative centers on an antique box with supernatural qualities. Another noticeable addition to Leonetti’s film is the teen factor. With the latter, this is a new approach from studios to meet a wider demographic.

Below is our first impressions based on the trailer

DecayMag.com Director: John R. Leonetti  Writer: Barbara Marshall Wish Upon
Sydney Park stars as Meredith, Joey King as Claire and Shannon Purser as June in WISH UPON, a Broad Green Pictures release.Credit: Steve Wilkie / Broad Green Pictures

Trailer First Impressions

Based on the trailer the central supernatural object appears to be a music box. Based on the writings and design it appears the haunted item is Asian in origin. Interesting. Let’s see if the successful formula from Asian Horror film markets is present in Wish Upon. An added subtext is bullying. This could be the social commentary and basis of the film. If true, screenwriter Barbara Marshall will play into a younger market with success.

The trailer runs one minute and twelve minutes. There’s enough footage to make an educated assessment of the acting. From a first impression, the portrayals are well executed. Although a fair evaluation will result from an adequate screening.

The sequences build with suspenseful flair. That’s the idea behind these promotional videos, attract audiences. It will be interesting to see the narrative develop across the three acts. Wish Upon delves onto familiar territory invigorated with youth appeal. This may or may not be an attractive combination. Many factors need consideration to present a defining product.

Stay tuned to DecayMag for further coverage on Wish Upon.


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