Film / Wish Upon

A 2017 horror film by Broad Green Pictures, about a girl named Claire whose father finds a mysterious music box that grants 7 wishes. Although skeptical at first, Claire soon finds out the music box does indeed have power. Naturally, she begins using it to gain her heart's desire. However, every time she makes a wish, someone else gets hurt in order for the wish to come true. What's more, everyone before her who has ever owned the music box (and no doubt used its wishes) died under mysterious circumstances...

Tropes include:

  • Alpha Bitch: Darcie Chapman. She tends to harass Claire, leading to her wishing that Darcy would rot.
  • Black Guy Dies First: Averted. Meredith who is a Twofer Token Minority being half-Black/half-Korean and Gina who is Chinese both die, but neither is the first plus their deaths are erased and both are Back from the Dead at the end of the film.
  • Be Careful What You Wish For: The music box grants seven wishes, but there is a price to be paid when all the wishes are granted.
  • Back from the Dead: Claire's wish to go back in time to get rid of the box has the added effect of bringing back everyone who died previously. Too bad the Cruel Twist Ending kicks in and Claire her self dies in their place.
  • Body Horror: Claire's first wish makes Darcy Chapman rot alive.
  • Cruel Twist Ending: See Downer Ending below.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Claire was just a little girl when she witnessed her mother's suicide.
  • Downer Ending: Clare dies after undoing all the wishes and trying to get rid of the box.
  • Driven to Suicide: Paul
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Claire's dog is shown snarling at the music box both when Claire gets it and when her mother throws it into the garbage.
  • Haunted Technology: The music box is possessed by a demon that takes the user's soul when the seven wishes are granted.
  • Hope Spot: Twice: Once when Claire uses her sixth wish to undo her mother's suicide and another when Claire uses her last wish to go back to the day she found the box and have Ryan get rid of it. Too bad making her last wish still dooms her....
  • Impaled with Extreme Prejudice: Gina meets her demise by tripping and falling onto the tusk of a rhino statue.
  • Hell Is That Noise: "When the music ends, the blood price is paid."
  • Jackass Genie: Zigzagged: Surprisingly, with the exception of Paul becoming too obsessed with Clare (even so, he never attempts to rape her), the wishes are all granted the way that the user wants them too (for example, when Clare wishes that her dad would stop embarrassing her, he simply did just that instead of dying so he could no longer do so, and when she wishes that she would be the most popular girl in school, her own popularity is simply boosted instead of the other students all dying or something.) However, for every wish that is granted, someone close to the wisher dies. There is also the fact that, when Clare wishes that her mom had never killed herself, the music box kills her father of all people.
  • Literal Genie: "I wish Darcie Chapman would just, like, go rot."
  • Lyrical Dissonance: The entire first trailer plays the music box's unsettling tune.
    • Also, the moderately upbeat "Careful What You Wish For" by Wayfarers playing in the end credits, directly after Claire's death.
  • Made of Indestructium: The box can't be destroyed in a fire or by being hit with a sledgehammer.
  • Madness Mantra: "Everything will be fine! Everything will be fine!"
  • Missing Mom: The trailers have not yet shown Claire's mother, only her father. The movie reveals that she committed suicide after using the music box, but she briefly reappears when Claire uses her sixth wish to undo her death.
  • Off with His Head!: How Jonathon (Claire's father) dies after Claire brings her mother back to life.
  • Rule of Seven: The music box grants 7 wishes.
  • Sassy Black Woman: Meredith.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Paul, under the box's influence

What's your wish?