Cursed artefacts are a mainstay of the horror genre, and they go hand-in-hand with characters dumb enough to open/use them. “Wish Upon” centres around an old music box that grants its owner any wish they ask for, with predictably horrific results. It stars young actress Joey King, who is no stranger to the genre, having appeared in the James Wan film “The Conjuring”. We’ve got a first look at footage from the movie, which gives us a taste of what’s in store for anyone on the receiving end of those wishes. As horror fare goes, this looks pretty generic, and the fact that it’s directed by the guy who did “Annabelle” doesn’t exactly inspire much confidence. But who knows, this could be good for a few decent scares.

Here’s the official synopsis: “In the latest thriller from the director of Annabelle, 17-year-old Clare Shannon (Joey King) is barely surviving the hell that is high school, along with her friends Meredith (Sydney Park) and June (Shannon Purser). So when her dad (Ryan Phillippe) gifts her an old music box with an inscription that promises to grant the owner’s wishes, she thinks there is nothing to lose. Clare makes her first wish and, to her surprise, it comes true. Before long, she finally has it all: money, popularity and her dream boy. Everything seems perfect – until the people closest to her begin dying in gruesome and twisted ways. Now, with blood on her hands, Clare has to get rid of the box, before it costs her and everyone she loves the ultimate price. Be careful what you wish for.”

“Wish Upon” is directed by John R. Leonetti (Annabelle), produced by Sherryl Clark (Cloverfield), written by Barbara Marshall (Viral), and stars Joey King, Ryan Phillippe, Ki Hong Lee, Mitchell Slaggert, Shannon Purser, Sydney Park, Kevin Hanchard and Sherilyn Fenn. It premieres 14th July.


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