Malignant might not hold up to scrutiny but by the time all its mysteries are revealed, it’s clear that it was never supposed to. It’s an absurdly entertaining frightfest with a heavy emphasis on the absurd, and thank heaven — or hell — for it.
Malignant is rarely scary, but its outlandish bits likely didn’t happen by accident — not when it culminates in scenes so ludicrously over the top that they invite both fist-pumping cheers and wheeze-inducing laughter.
Despite some negative reviews I was not only pleased with this film but thought it was an original masterpiece. Insidious is my favourite horror film of all time and James Wan further demonstrates his versatility here with this homage to Dario Argento and other 80s slashers. Although it's a slasher is has a somewhat supernatural element to it and certainly isn't predictable or formulaic. I love how Wan is brave enough to push the boundaries of convention and try something new. This is gonna be another love/hate movie I feel as it's so out there and bizarre. The camera work is incredible as per usual and is used creatively to add to that sense of terror. The music is top notch and trademark Wan, unsettling and discordant. Love it love it love it. Some of it is a little unbelievable and fantastical, but even there I think Wan is aware of this as at some points the film morphs into some kind of black comedy like Reanimator. James Wan you are the man! Sure the acting is bad at points and some of it just doesn't make sense, but I dare you not to enjoy it. All that stuff just adds to the intended B-movie feel
A humorless melodrama about a woman haunted by her past, Malignant sits somewhere between a slasher, a ghost story, and a possession flick, never fully embracing either. The result is a confusing melange of genre archetypes that lacks a clear point of view, even a surface-level stylistic one.
Performances? Nobody in this will be topping their resume with it. Neither will the director. Let’s hope it’s just a blip, a disaster soon to be forgotten by him and the studio that wrote the checks for it. I’m pretty sure he already has.
The film has a fairly clever and original premise — one that’s better left unspoiled as a third act reveal. But the path to it is bizarre and beguiling with too many moments that feel like an episode of “CSI” or “Without a Trace” with much better cinematography and worse dialogue. It kind of makes you wonder what the hell Wan was doing here.
I don't relate to people's interest in complaining about everything nowadays. Maybe if the audience had even enough talent to create anything for other people to **** on, they'd be more understanding. Akela Cooper, Ingrid Bisu and James Wan clearly put a lot into making a fun, almost retro, horror movie. I can't see a single thing wrong with Malignant, it's, at least, worth seeing, and that's all that really matters.
Thoroughly enjoyed this deeply flawed, but very entertaining movie. While technically a horror movie, it's definitely not very scary. It teeters on the silly in fact. I really doesn't know what it wants to be. But there's a hard to put my finger on energy in the story telling that kept me watching with a not small amount of pleasure. If only to yell out 'come on, that's ridiculous' more than once. Particularly all of the police who apparently all graduated from the star wars stormtroopers school of shooting.
If there is one thing that I can definitively say about this film, it is that it's unique. The aesthetics, cinematography, choreography, and creature design are all exceptional and are very enjoyable. However, the plot is wanting. At times it is hard to tell what type of story Malignant wants to tell. Does it want to be cheesy or dramatic? Who is to say. That, combined with some plot issues, brings down the film as a whole. That being said, despite my lower score, I definitely recommend watching the movie if you have an HBO Max subscription or when its cheap to rent. One action scene in particular was absolutely insane to watch and really shows that this film does have some bits of gold in it.
What if Basketcase were remade with a 40 million dollar budget and was also a haunted house / action movie / thriller / X-files / Giallo / copy & paste of a bunch of other genres? Are you exhausted already? Is this movie trying to be funny? I sure rolled my eyes the whole time. The whole thing is really predictable, despite the ridiculous premise. You can see the scares coming from a mile away. The acting and script is appalling. It's way too long, cut it down to 75 minutes and it could be legit entertaining. There's too many plot threads that don't contribute to the story and go nowhere. Big budget and horror rarely go together and this is no exception.