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"Malignant" Movie Review

Nathan is a film critic and aspiring author with a true passion for the film industry who hopes his writings will help launch his career.


James Wan is a true master of horror. What Wan accomplished with the Insidious and Conjuring franchise was taken to a whole new level with Malignant, a new descent into madness helmed by an incomparable genius of the modern horror genre.

Malignant follows Madison, a young woman who suffers from horrific visions of grisly murders. Convinced she's developed some type of premonition ability, she turns to her friend Sydney who goes with her to the police. After another murder is discovered just the way she described it, the police start becoming suspicious. As Madison delves deep into her past to find out if her biological mother may have also had this ability, what she discovers is truly terrifying.

A lot of modern horrors use the same tropes, the same twists, the same jumpscares. What sets James Wan aside from other horror filmmakers is that he researches, finds a story, and crafts a magnificent tale around it, then uses his remarkable vision to bring it to life. He doesn't settle for less than the goals he has set for himself and he doesn't quit until he achieves them.

I loved the twist Wan presented in the film. It was unique, unpredictable, and terrifying. You know how some films have a psychological impact? Say, for instance, a film that involves bugs or spiders. After a while you start start scratching your head or feel a tingle on your arm and think something's crawling on you? That's the type of impact this film had.

I was happy that there weren't any jumpscares in this film. Wan presented a scenario, told the story, and let the psychological impact do its thing. You can take it or leave it. That's what I respect about him. He doesn't try to please a certain group or repeat the same old formula because "that's how it's been done for 100 years". He gives you his take, his vision, and if you don't like it then so be it. He has a huge fanbase so I'm sure he's not worried about a few snobby critics.

Malignant is proof that horror can be better, should be better, and with filmmakers like James Wan, Ari Aster, Eli Roth, and so many others, maybe this year's films will mark a turning point in the genre.

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In conclusion, Malignant has a fantastic story, a remarkable twist, brilliant performances, and a top-notch writer/director. You are in for a real treat! I give the film a 4 out of 4.

© 2021 Nathan Jasper


Umesh Chandra Bhatt from Kharghar, Navi Mumbai, India on September 12, 2021:

Nice review.

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