Malignant Review

by Murray

Malignant

Ridiculously crazy, and I loved it

Malignant

Ridiculously crazy, and I loved it

Over time we have seen James Wan dive in and out of the horror genre. With his last directorial endeavor being Aquaman, I was more than pleased to learn his next film would be horror. While I have enjoyed most films he directed, I feel he’s at his best in horror. Now, this brings us to Malignant.

After a brief opening in a medical facility with an out-of-control patient, we join the life of Madison Mitchell (played by Annabelle Wallis). A pregnant woman who her husband almost immediately attacks. Later that evening, she and her husband are both attacked by a supernatural entity. From there, she begins to have hallucinations of murders, only to learn that she is somehow linked to them by a past she can not remember.

Suppose you read all that and feel that I have described the plot of a Lifetime Orginal movie. You would be right. That’s what I thought at the beginning of this film. How wrong you would be. There is so much more to this film, and I find it hard to put into words without ruining the ridiculous story.

This movie bounces between supernatural thriller, slasher film, to outright comedy. Many people may see this as a fault. I grew up watching many of the terrible horror films from the seventies and eighties. I would call it a strength.

The mystery element of this film is thinly veiled, and it’s pretty easy to figure out what is going on as the film moves forward. The movie seems to be aware of this. The second it’s made evident about what’s going on, this film goes into a full-on hack and slash overdrive.

You get treated to some of the most ridiculous sequences I’ve ever seen in a horror or action film. Yes, I said action. The killer in this film immediately becomes a martial arts expert in an escape scene. It was in that scene that my love for this film solidified. I felt like I was experiencing a new John Carpenter film for the first time. A feeling I have not had in years and very much welcomed.

This movie is not for everyone. My wife called it one of the worst films she’s ever seen. I mentioned Carpenter before. If you grew up loving his films and their copycats as I did. You are in for a treat. The first third of this film had me questioning if it was ever going to be good.  The rest of the film more than makes up for it.  The slow ride into the madness is well worth the time.  Ridiculously crazy, and I loved it.

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9
GREAT

Good

  • STORY
  • COMEDY
  • ORIGINALITY

Bad

  • NOT FOR EVERYONE
malignant
9
GREAT

Good

  • STORY
  • COMEDY
  • ORIGINALITY

Bad

  • NOT FOR EVERYONE
malignant
9
GREAT

Good

  • STORY
  • COMEDY
  • ORIGINALITY

Bad

  • NOT FOR EVERYONE