James Wan returns to horror with gory ‘Malignant’.
There’s no denying that James Wan is an expert in the horror genre. There haven’t been many misses for the guy behind “The Conjuring,” “Insidious,” and “Saw.”
But his newest horrific film, ” Malignant,” is ludicrous. That’s without even mentioning the cheesy remix of “Where Is My Mind.”
“Malignant,” ostensibly intended as a tribute to the body horrors of filmmakers like Dario Argento, has just its uniqueness to offer — and even that pay-off takes a long time to get to.
The screenplay is littered with clunkers and clichés, as well as characters that bear little relation to actual people. A version of “Malignant” may be seen that was done as a campy parody, a deliberately “poor” homage to dusty VHS finds. Instead, it is completely and erroneously self-assured.
Worst of all, even when the already gory show ramps up the ante in the third act, “Malignant” is boring.
Maddie Mitchell, a pregnant Seattle lady with a history of multiple miscarriages and a cartoonishly violent husband, is played by Annabelle Wallis in a terrible black wig (Jake Abel).
She also gets nightmares of gruesome killings that turn out to be true. Her spouse is among those who brutally murder.
She also miscarries the child. Despite all the indications that her magnificent Victorian mansion is haunted and despite the fact that she should definitely use this chance to live with her sister, Sydney (Maddie Hasson), she remains in the house.
Maddie soon begins to have dreams about other seemingly random killings that turn out to be true.
A pair of investigators, George Young and Michele Briana White, are left to piece the puzzle together.
Sydney and Maddie are on their own quest for the truth, researching the demonic phone calls Maddie is receiving from a guy who calls himself Gabriel and has a horrible voice.
A visit to their mother, who we discover adopted Maddie as a child, discloses that Maddie had an imaginary friend called Gabriel with whom she had unsettling talks on a daily basis when she was a child.
Back then, what was their solution? Instead of treatment, shower her with love!
Naturally, this takes them to a mental facility on the coast where Maddie spent her pre-adoption years when they make an unsettling discovery. As I already said, “Malignant” at the very least is unique.
It’s also a wretchedly funny and obscenely cruel picture that fails to elicit any genuine feeling or make any significant comments about trauma.
The picture is all gore for the sake of gore,
and it seems like a betrayal of both Wan and Warner Bros., who have collaborated on some excellent films.
“Malignant,” like other Warner Bros’ films in 2021, is accessible on HBO Max and in cinemas.
If you really must watch “Malignant,” a theatre maybe your best option. At the very least, you’ll be able to chuckle along with your fellow theatergoers in disbelief.
The Motion Picture Association of America has classified “Malignant,” a Warner Bros’ film now in cinemas and on HBO Max, R for “strong horror violence, profanity, and horrific images.”
The film has a running length of 111 minutes. One out of four stars.