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Malignant Review

Production: Warner Bros.

Director: James Wan

Starring: Annabelle Wallis, Maddie Hasson, George Young, Michole Briana White, Jean Louisa Kelly, Susanna Thompson and more!

Reviewed By: Dean Asquith

My Rating: 3.5 out of 5 🏹

Plot


“Malignant” is the latest creation from “Conjuring” universe architect James Wan (“Aquaman,” “Furious 7”).


The film marks director Wan’s return to his roots with this new original horror thriller. In the film, Madison is paralyzed by shocking visions of grisly murders, and her torment worsens as she discovers that these waking dreams are in fact terrifying realities.


“Malignant” stars Annabelle Wallis (“Annabelle,” “The Mummy”), Maddie Hasson (YouTube’s “Impulse,” TV’s “Mr. Mercedes”), George Young (TV’s “Containment”), Michole Briana White (TV’s “Black Mafia Family,” “Dead to Me”), Jacqueline McKenzie (“Palm Beach,” TV’s “Reckoning”), Jake Abel (TV’s “Supernatural,” the “Percy Jackson” films) and Ingrid Bisu (“The Conjuring: The Devil Made Me Do It,” “The Nun”).


Wan (“Aquaman,” “Furious 7”) directed from a screenplay by Akela Cooper (“M3GAN,” upcoming “The Nun 2”), story by Wan & Ingrid Bisu and Cooper. The film was produced by Wan and Michael Clear, with Eric McLeod, Judson Scott, Bisu, Peter Luo, Cheng Yang, Mandy Yu and Lei Han serving as executive producers.


Behind the scenes, Wan was joined by his frequent collaborators, director of photography Don Burgess and editor Kirk Morri (“Aquaman,” “The Conjuring 2”), production designer Desma Murphy (art director, “Aquaman,” “Furious 7”), as well as costume designer Lisa Norcia (“Insidious: The Last Key”). The music is by Joseph Bishara, who has composed the score for all seven films in “The Conjuring” Universe, among many others.


My Opinion


Thank you to Warner Bros. for the review copy of this movie, I love a good horror so it is an honour to watch and review a master like James Wan's work. I won’t go into the fine details about the story, there may be spoilers ahead so continue if you wish.

A decent horror movie with a couple of good jump scares but for me falls short in comparison with the rest of Wan’s work.

James Wan is a master of horror movies and this movie does house a few sparks of his brilliance. There are scenes of high suspense, an awesome soundtrack and moments of terror. One of my favourite aspects of the movie was the camera work, there are some really incredibly filmed scenes, like that of the initial chase through the house. We are situated in a birds eye view following from room to room and it makes for excellent continuity during the chase and allows the suspense to maintain throughout the scene. The camera work during the scenes in which ‘the devil’ was in focus, was exceptional in the way the focus on him rather than Madison. You will understand me more when you watch it, if I gave you the true description, it would be a major spoiler.


The jump scenes, which are always the most popular in horror movies, are lacking in real quantity but the ones that are there are fairly solid. It may catch you once or twice but I highly doubt you’ll be reaching for a pillow and watching from behind it.


The entire story is a unique one, I certainly haven’t seen anything like it before which is definitely a great asset for any horror movie to have. The acting is great throughout and the whole cast helps to maintain a suspenseful experience throughout. Whilst the movie is unlikely to top lists or win any major awards, it is an enjoyable horror experience with more good moments than poor. I look forward to future horror releases from the great James Wan.


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