Wish Upon

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Original title Wish Upon
Country of production United States
original language English
Publishing year 2017
length 90 minutes
Age rating FSK 16
Director John R. Leonetti
script Barbara Marshall
production Sherryl Clark
music Tomandandy
camera Arri Alexa
cut Peck Prior

Wish Upon a American horror film from the year 2017 under the direction of John R. Leonetti and the screenplay by Barbara Marshall . The film is about a teenage girl who receives a magical box that fulfills seven wishes, but a high price has to be paid for it.

The film was released in theaters on July 14, 2017 by Broad Green Pictures and Orion Pictures . He received mostly negative to moderate reviews from film critics, providing jobs for 23.5 million US dollars recorded.


Struggling to settle in school, 17-year-old high school student Clare Shannon is haunted by the memory of her mother's suicide as a young child. Her father Jonathan, a former musician and obsessive garbage collector, finds a Chinese music box and gives it to her for her birthday . Clare deciphers one of the numerous inscriptions on the box as "Seven Wishes" and absently wishes that her classmate Darcie, who is bullied by her at school , "rots", whereupon Darcie develops necrotizing fasciitis and is admitted to the intensive care unit . On the same day, Clare's dog Max dies in their home after apparently being eaten alive by rats . Clare realizes that the box fulfills wishes, but doesn't understand that her wishes have consequences.

Second, Clare wishes a popular boy at school named Paul falls in love with her. As a result, her wealthy uncle dies. After hearing the news of his death, Clare wishes to be in his will . The relative then leaves his entire fortune to Clare. As a result, Mrs. Deluca, a friendly neighbor of Clare's, has a fatal accident. As a result, Clare asks her classmate Ryan Hui, who has Chinese roots, to decipher the symbols. A relative of Ryan named Gina, who studies ancient Chinese characters, finally helps them and explains to Clare the meaning of the symbols. Nevertheless, Clare does not stop and as the fourth wishes that her father will stop being a garbage collector, which will also come true. Shortly thereafter, Gina dies in an accident. Ryan finds Gina's body and confronts Clare to stop making wishes.

Clare ignores him, making a fifth wish that she is popular at school. Soon, however, she is dissatisfied with the resulting attention from others and that she is losing her relationship with her friends and wants everything to be back to normal. Due to the wish, Meredith gets stuck in an elevator and falls to her death.

Ryan reveals to her that the music box claims the owner's soul after the seventh wish . The two then try to destroy the box, which attempts fail, however. Also, June, a friend of Clare's, stole the box, undoing all of Clare's wishes. Clare forcibly retrieves the box, causing June to fall down the stairs and be injured. Despite the risk, Clare's sixth wish is that her mother never commit suicide. Clare's mother knocked on her bedroom door along with two younger sisters. Clare later rummages in her mother's paintings and sees a picture of the music box. She concludes that her mother was one of the previous owners of the music box and that this must have led to her original suicide.

When Clare realizes that her father pays the price for the sixth wish, Clare wishes as a seventh wish that she can travel back to the day her father found the box. This will allow her to find the box before her father finds it. She then asks Ryan to bury the box. Clare believes everything is all right, but is killed when Darcie accidentally runs her car over her. The music box can be heard after Clare's death, indicating that the seventh wish to reverse time would be offset by her own death.

In the final scene, Ryan prepares to bury the music box, but is fascinated by the inscription and begins to think about using it.


The film is based on the Philippine film Feng Shui of 2004 . The script of the film was voted on the 2015 Black List for unreleased films. Catherine Hardwicke was originally supposed to direct, but was later dropped from the project. Then producer Sherryl Clark sent a draft of the script to John R. Leonetti, which he liked only moderately. Another design sent by Clark four months later won him over and she took over production from there.

On July 27, 2016, it was announced that Wish Upon would be directed by John R. Leonetti. The film was produced by Sherryl Clark from her production company Busted Shark Productions and the screenplay was written by Barbara Marshall. In August 2016, it was announced that Joey King was playing the lead role in the film. King was Leonetti's first choice for Clare Shannon, as the two had previously worked together on The Conjuring . The film began production in November 2016 in Toronto . The film was recorded on an Arri Alexa with a resolution of 3.4K.


The film's teaser trailer was released on February 9, 2017. The first trailer debuted on March 22, 2017 and the second trailer was released on May 22, 2017.

Wish Upon was released in theaters on July 14, 2017 in the US and in theaters on July 22, 2017 in the UK. The German theatrical release took place on July 27, 2017. Wish Upon was released on October 7, 2017 in the USA on DVD and Blu-ray .


The German dubbing was done by Splendid Synchron GmbH in Berlin, directed by Wanja Gerick .

role actor German speaker
Jonathan Shannon Ryan Phillippe Benedikt Weber
Clare (young) Raegan's Revord Noa Sarah Hadad
Clare Shannon Joey King Luisa Wietzorek
June Acosta Shannon Purser Franciska Friede
Lola Sanchez Daniela Barbosa Anne-Catrin Märzke
Ryan Hui Ki Hong Lee Amadeus Strobl


Box office

Wish Upon grossed $ 14.3 million in the U.S. and Canada, and $ 9.2 million in other countries, for a global total of $ 23.5 million on a $ 12 million manufacturing budget. Equivalent to US dollars.


The film received a below-average rating of 3.78 / 10 on the Rotten Tomatoes rating aggregator website . The site therefore describes the film as neither frightening nor original. On Metacritic , the film got a score of 32 out of 100 based on 24 critics.

Filmstarts also compares the film to Final Destination , The Box - You Are the Experiment and Wes Craven's Wishmaster , but describes the film as rarely exciting and surprising because it lacks clever ideas and instead mixes up concepts from better films. Oddsmeter.de describes the characters as too stereotypical and names young people and horror film beginners as the target group for the film. The film doesn't always take itself seriously and has black humor in some places .

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