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A 2017 horror film by Broad Green Pictures, about a girl named Clare whose father finds a mysterious music box that grants 7 wishes. Although skeptical at first, Clare 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...

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  • Alpha Bitch: Darcie Chapman. She tends to harass Clare, leading to her wishing that Darcie would rot.
  • Back from the Dead: Clare'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 Clare herself dies in their place.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Body Horror: Clare's first wish makes Darcie Chapman rot alive.
  • Cruel Twist Ending: Clare asks everything to be undone... but is still killed. And worse, the box is still at large.
  • Dark and Troubled Past: Clare was just a little girl when she witnessed her mother's suicide.
  • Darkness Equals Death: Most death scenes happen during nighttime.
  • Downer Ending: Clare dies after undoing all the wishes and trying to get rid of the box.
  • Everyone Has Standards: Darcie might be a bitch, but she's still horrified when she accidentally kills Clare with her car at the end.
  • Evil-Detecting Dog: Clare's dog is shown snarling at the music box both when Clare gets it and when her mother throws it into the garbage.
  • Exact Words: The demon takes the user's soul once they've made seven wishes. Clare dies after using her last wish to undo all the wishes and get rid of the box.
  • Generic Doomsday Villain: The demon possessing the music box. It spends the entire film inside the music box granting wishes, never speaking or appearing in person. Even when it claims Clare's soul in the end, the demon itself never appears in person. Despite being the driving evil force behind the story, it's more of a plot point than a character. The only time it displays any character is when it breaks its rule of only killing people close to the owner to kill Gina before she can warn Ryan and Clare.
  • Greater-Scope Villain: The demon possessing the music box is an odd case of being both this and the central villain at the same time. It possesses the music box and grants the owner the wishes, killing people close to the owner before claiming their soul in the end. However, the demon itself never appears in person, spending all of it time in the music box. This makes it The Ghost.
  • Haunted Technology: The music box is possessed by a demon that takes the user's soul when the seven wishes are granted.
  • Hell Is That Noise: "When the music ends, the blood price is paid."
  • Hope Spot: Twice: Once when Clare uses her sixth wish to undo her mother's suicide and another when Clare 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.
  • 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."
    • Also, "I wish Paul would fall madly in love with me."
  • 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 Clare'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 Clare's mother, only her father. The movie reveals that she committed suicide after using the music box, but she briefly reappears when Clare uses her sixth wish to undo her death.
  • Off with His Head!: How Jonathan (Clare's father) dies after Clare brings her mother back to life.
  • Rule of Seven: The music box grants 7 wishes.
  • Stalker with a Crush: Paul, under the box's influence.
  • Too Dumb to Live: Most of the characters who die from the wishes end up dying from their own stupidity. Standing on a chair while using a chainsaw to cut down a branch?! Really?!
  • Trailers Always Spoil: The trailer gives away three death scenes in pretty full detail like who's going to die and how. This while the deaths in the movie are supposed to be suspenseful.

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