THE GOAL FOR 2018: 200 MOVIES WATCHED BY MIDNIGHT NEW YEAR'S EVE!  (AFTER TOPPING OUT AT 194 in 2017)

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WISH UPON (2017)

 
This relatively tame horror flick takes its premise from the very ancient (and filmed in various forms over a zillion times) Monkey’s Paw story.  Claire (Joey King)   has lived through her mother’s suicide, is embarrassed by her father (Ryan Phillippe) going Dumpster-diving all the time, is unpopular with the cool kids at school    and is generally poor.  All that changes when her dad brings home something he found in the garbage – a Chinese wish pot.  It will grant seven wishes – but what Claire doesn’t know (or pretty much ignores once she finds out) is that there’s a blood price.  Like when she hopes the nasty popular girl in school rots, it happens (flesh-eating bacteria!) but at the price of her dog experiencing a nasty demise.  Wish Upon gets a lot of help from King’s performance, but it really is just a routine horror story where you’ll know practically everything that will happen.  Nice to see Sheralyn Finn of Twin Peaks pop up as a nice neighbor who has a rough encounter with a garbage disposal.  There isn’t much gore in this PG-13 film, but there is an unrated director’s cut on the DVD that I’m guessing contains MUCH more carnage – if that’s what you’re looking for.

 
TLA one-word review:  routine

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