A high school student named Brett Bumpers receives a mysterious package one day. He does not know who gave it to him, but after a while he finds out that the totem within the package can ... See full summary »
Based on the true story of the murder of a girl's parents in Eustis, FL (USA), five teens in a vampire cult on the run are captured by police in New Orleans, LA and tell their tale of how they got there.
Timothy Lee DePriest
Two fraternity pledges go to a sleazy bar looking for strippers to entertain their college friends. They have problems with transportation, Biker gangs, and worst of all, the staff of the ... See full summary »
A high school student named Brett Bumpers receives a mysterious package one day. He does not know who gave it to him, but after a while he finds out that the totem within the package can give him 3 wishes. When the most beautiful girl in school, Samantha, invites him to dance on the next day, he knows for sure that his first wish has come true. He uses the second one to make Samantha fall in love with him, but when someone starts killing students in the school, he realizes that it has something to do with the totem. Now it's his responsibility to save their lives. Written by
Quirky teen slasher that avoids some clichés while tripping over others
At first, I thought Wishcraft was going to be a cheesy clone of Wishmaster for teenagers. It did in fact turn out to be cheesy, but it's more of a Scream clone than anything else. There's a bit of supernatural phenomena, but it's kept to an absolute minimum. The violence is more in line with a PG-13 horror movie, and I think Wishcraft got its R rating mostly from a few choice profanities uttered merely to avoid a PG-13.
If you like campy and quirky horror movies, you'll probably enjoy Wishcraft. If you're looking for atmosphere, gore, violence, or nudity, I think you're just going to be disappointed. This movie just doesn't take itself very seriously, and it never truly commits to being an outright horror movie. Instead, it seems to be more of a teen thriller, influenced by slasher movies.
The story was better than I was expecting, though the ending kind of came out of nowhere. I doubt many people were expecting it. While it admittedly was difficult to predict, there was no real foreshadowing or anything, which leads me to think that it was done merely to surprise audiences. That's fine, but it's not particularly skilled writing.
If you're in the mood for a campy thriller/slasher starring 30 year old teenagers, this is certainly a fine choice. Some people will find it a bit too inhibited (especially for an R-rated horror movie) or boring (much of the movie is spent developing the romance between the protagonist and his girlfriend), but I thought it was enjoyable.
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