The Final Wish – USA, 2018: updated with trailer

The Final Wish is a 2018 American supernatural horror feature film directed by Timothy Woodward Jr. (Gnome Alone; 7 Faces of Jack the Ripper) from a screenplay by Jonathan Doyle, William Halfon and Jeffrey Reddick (Dead Awake; Final Destination), based on the latter’s storyline. The movie stars Lin ShayeMichael WelchMelissa Bolona and Tony Todd.

Plot:

Aaron (Michael Welch) is a struggling young lawyer who return home following the death of his father, to help his devastated mother and confront his past demons.

Sifting through his late father’s belongings, Aaron stumbles upon an urn that is far more than it seems. As his desires and wishes start coming true, he thinks his prayers have been answered until he learns the sinister price that comes with the final wish…

Reviews:

“It offers a well written script and a cast worth investing in. Michael Welch is the perfect choice as a young man facing a terrifying dilemma when it comes to having your dreams come true […] This blend of fantasy horror with a strong character makes for a fun and engaging thriller…” Arrow in the Head

The Final Wish becomes bothersome because genre vets like Shaye, Todd, and “Final Destination” scribe Jeffrey Reddick are at the wheel, yet everyone drives under the speed limit on a well-traveled road. If an element isn’t already rote, then the movie makes sure it is ham-handed. If a story beat isn’t already frustratingly formulaic, the movie makes sure to foreshadow it for you.” Culture Crypt

“While it does have some minor issues, as a whole, I liked The Final Wish as it does a good job of mixing up expectations while treading some very familiar territory story-wise, and both Welch and Shaye bring a lot of heart to the project too, making it easy to invest in them as characters and their respective journeys in the film.” Daily Dead

“I’m almost disappointed this isn’t a proper Wishmaster reboot. If the Djinn had taken the surprise form of Andrew Divoff at the very end, I would have, as wrestling fans say, marked out so hard. But The Final Wish works just fine on its own. It’s nothing fancy, but it does the premise far better than most of its predecessors.” Nerdist

“While The Final Wish echoes a story like The Monkey’s Paw, the film just wasn’t very scary or very suspenseful. The characters all start out harsh and unlikable and none of them really have a lot of redeeming qualities about them. While I understand what Reddick and Woodward were aiming for with each character, there just wasn’t enough on the screen to build up or to explain their eventual turns in the film.” Nightmarish Conjurings

Cast and characters:

  • Lin Shaye … Kate Hammond
  • Michael Welch … Aaron Hammond – Z Nation TV series; A Haunting in Cawdor; The Demented; Hansel and Gretel Get Baked; The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 1; et al
  • Melissa Bolona … Lisa – Murder at the Mansion; MaraMalicious; The Super; The Neighbour; Shark Lake
  • Spencer Locke … Lynette – Insidious: The Last KeyLandmine Goes Click; The Vampire Diaries TV Series; Resident Evil: Afterlife and ExtinctionMonster House
  • Tony Todd … Colin
  • Kaiwi Lyman … Derek
  • Brown Jonathan Daniel Brown … Jeremy
  • Jean Elie … Tyrone
  • Christopher Murray Christopher Murray … Yates
  • Douglas Tait … Jinn
  • Larry Poole … Chester Hammond
  • Garrett Edell … Luke
  • Michelle Burke … Mrs. Mckee
  • Timothy Oman … Williams
  • Dey Young … Alice
  • Gordon Woloson … Clown
  • Mohamed Mohsen … Dr. Bashir
  • Diane Markoff … Librarian
  • Jeffrey Reddick … Landlord
  • Zebulun Huling … Orderly
  • Barbara de Normandie … Everly
  • Sammy Durrani … Nurse Jackson
  • Paul Vandervort … Austin
  • Randi Lamey … Waitress
  • Brent Duffey … Dax

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