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Wishcraft (2002)

Bret, a smart but unsociable high school kid, receives a strange box in the mail. A note tells him it will give him three wishes, but just as his new life is beginning, someone is murdering the popular kids in strange, inventive ways.

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Larry Katz
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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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In this school, when you're marked absent, you won't be coming back. See more »

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Tolerable Slasher
29 March 2002 | by SuperwonderscopeSee all my reviews

In competition at the Brussels Fantasy Film festival 2002.

Here's another teen slasher coming down the screen. Curiously, it is not an inept one. No flashy camera angles, no genre parody nor blink-and-you'll-miss-it effect. Just a good old scary story of teenagers getting killed by a strange and very strong killer. A nerdy guy gets by mail a totem that guarantees him 3 wishes. he doesn't believe in it at all but decides to get one for a try. He wishes to go to the prom with the local beauty queen...and succeeds. For a second one, he wishes her to fall madly in love with him...and she does. But the bodycount starts getting bigger all around the campus and seems closely related to the (fake?) totem.

Having a nerd playing the hero is a pretty good idea (and the film does have very good ideas for itself as the killer really knows how to scare and kill its victims). All the actors (including sexy Huntley Ritter (Voodoo Academy, Bring it On)) are doing a good job though no awards will ever be given them to. Meat Loaf is just another cop with a very few scenes. Fun to see him in here but his acting skills are...hum...well, y'know.

Richard Wenk knows how to scare people from time to time and the storyline, though not revolutionnary, follows a very well known path. The suspense is also well handled as the final twist is unpredictable but really preposterous! Murders scenes are ingenious and originals which in this genre is quite a tour de force.

In conclusion, a very forgettable movie but competent and fun to watch.

Superwonderscope says 6


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25 September 2002 (France) See more »

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