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Wishcraft (2002)

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 »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Michael Weston ... Brett Bumpers
Alexandra Holden ... Samantha Warren
Huntley Ritter ... Cody
Austin Pendleton ... Mr. Turner
A.J. Buckley ... Howie
Meat Loaf ... Detective Sparky Shaw (as Michael Aday)
Gregory Cooke Gregory Cooke ... Detective Jeff Bauer
Sam McMurray ... Dad Bumpers
Allyce Beasley ... Mom Bumpers
Scott Caudill Scott Caudill ... Blaine
Charlie Talbert ... Jimbo
Alexandra Breckenridge ... Kristie (as Alex Breckenridge)
Sara Downing ... Desiree
Evan Jones ... Eddie
Zelda Rubinstein ... Medical Examiner
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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 rsilberman

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Be careful what you wish for. See more »

Genres:

Horror

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for violence and language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 2002 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Brujería See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA

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Budget:

$5,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$329,217
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Gold Circle Films See more »
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Sound Mix:

Dolby

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Color

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1.85 : 1
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Quirky teen slasher that avoids some clichés while tripping over others
9 August 2012 | by krachtmSee all my reviews

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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