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An Unrated Director’s Cut of ‘Wish Upon’ Will Hit Home Video

It’ll be a better movie, the director promises.

Our own Kalyn Corrigan had a good time with director John Leonetti’s Wish Upon, writing in her review that the new PG-13 horror film “is your best bet for having a goofy good time at the movies.” As you’ve probably gathered, it’s a horror film geared more towards younger audiences, but there actually is a much darker version of the film out there.

Speaking with Coming Soon, Leonetti revealed that the director’s cut is coming.

There’s an 11-minute longer version of the movie,” he told the site. “But we had to cut it because of the pacing. There’s some amazing character shit, like the scene with Clare and her dad on the bed, for example; that went considerably longer and it was actually so good that people who saw it would get tears in their eyes. But it was just too long for this ‘zone’, you understand what I mean? That’s just part of the deal with a movie like this and the audience it was made for.”

He continued, digging into the nastier bits that’ll be present in the unrated cut: “And that scene with Sherilyn [Fenn] in the sink, she DOES get scalped and that’s in the unrated director’s cut that we’re releasing on Blu-ray and on cable or wherever. There is a cut that initially got an R and her scalp gets torn up pretty good. I can’t wait for people to see that version of the movie. It’s just better. It’s a better version of the movie all around, but it’s still paced pretty briskly.”

Joey King (The Conjuring), Sydney Park (“The Walking Dead”), Shannon Purser (“Stranger Things”), Ryan Phillippe (Shooter, I Know What You Did Last Summer, Cruel Intentions) and Elisabeth Rohm (“Joy”, “American Hustle”) star in Wish Upon

17-year-old Clare is barely surviving the hell that is high school, along with her friends Meredith and June. So when her dad gifts her an old music box with an inscription that promises to grant the owner’s wishes, she thinks there is nothing to lose. Clare makes her first wish and, to her surprise, it comes true. Everything seems perfect – until the people closest to her begin dying in gruesome and twisted ways.

Wish Upon is now playing in theaters.



  • The movie won’t be released in Portugal, so I’ll wait to watch the unrated version on internet.

    • Necro

      Are there a lot of films not released over there?

  • zombie84_41

    Unrated sounds good. maybe I watch.

  • Bart Crowe

    It’s possible to make a great PG-13 horror movie but it takes actual effort. Unless you can prove that the film studios blatantly ruined your directorial vision ala Blade Runner or Nightbreed than “unrated/director cuts” versions just seem like a way to recoup losses through a cheap ploy.

    • Necro


  • Necro

    Well as I was stoked to originally see this only to be let down when my worst fear was confirmed, PG-13. Especially when the film was intended to be an R rated film it makes it harder to swallow. If it was shot to originally be PG-13 than ok, I personally don’t like it but it’s easier to deal with. This is news I was hoping to hear. Now I hope the film itself is good.

  • Hash-Slinging Slasher

    “There’s some amazing character shit”

    what a douche canoe.

  • Khy

    I LOVED this movie. The kills were really awesome and that ending…..meanist ending ever

  • Sinister1

    I loved this movie. can’t wait to see unrated

    • Necro

      So in PG-13 fashion it was good huh? That being asked, when the “promised” Unrated Directors Cut (the directors alleged true vision of the film) comes out for a more hardcore fan like myself (preferably rated R films), do you think I’ll enjoy it?

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