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The Wisher (2002)

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"Mary, is a 17 year-old who loves horror movies. When Mary hears about "The Wisher", a new movie that is so scary that it has been sending people out of the theaters screaming, she knows she has to see it. However, when she catches a glimpse of the movie's villain, a deformed killer known as the Wiser, she herself runs from the theater. Unfortunately, Mary finds that the Wisher has followed her home, invading her dreams and making some of her darkest wishes come true."

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Review Date: 17 August 2003 My Rating: out of 5


This Canadian slasher flick debuts on video with almost no publicity in the UK despite having a theatrical release in it's native Canada.

Mary loves scary movies, unfortunately for her she suffers from an over-active imagination and the films leave such a lasting impression that if she doesn't take medication and allow her parents to lock her door at night she has a tendency to sleepwalk through the neighbourhood causing all sorts of disruption.

Beytraying a promise to her dad, Mary and her friends go to see the latest box-office sensation 'The Wisher'. Unable to sit through the film, Mary leaves the cinema. However it appears that the film's main character followed her out of the cinema and is now granting her wishes.

The film looked unorigional judging by the trailer alone but when I actually watched the film I couldn't believe just how many plot points are stolen from other movies. There's a fine line between homage and copyright infringement that this film crosses countless times!!

Obviously based on the story 'The Monkey's Paw' the film borrows heavily or rather steals it's plot and mythology from amongst others 'Wishmaster' and 'Wishcraft' and based it's villain on Freddy Krueger whilst using 'Scream' as a mold for the violence in the movies issue. The film also features 'Devil's Prey', Christina's House', The Convent', 'The Fear : Halloween Night and even Halloween Resurrection and it is about as good as the latter.

A weird production in that it was filmed in a Galaxy cinema and then screened there as part of a special deal. The film is a bit jumbled and has absoloutely no point!!

A sub-plot involving subliminal messages having effects on viewers only adds to the confusion, and the ending where the unknown cast and one member of the band deegrees romp around the streets of Canada makes absouloutely no sense!!

Ron Silver should be ashamed of himself!

If you have nothing else to re-watch for the fifth time you could do worse than this as it is somewhat easy on the eye. Just don't expect any origionality.

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