Womb for Improvement: A ‘Malignant’ Review
Following a young woman with a mystery connection to a violent killer, James Wan’s horror throwback will follow.
It is quite questionable whether the acting in “Malignant” is performed well, but if you go to a James Wan movie for the performances, you probably won’t be disappointed. In our opinion, “Malignant” delivers in gore and goose bumps. Even if we have to wait until around 17 minutes before the end of the movie to enjoy maximum carnage, we’ll be there before then.
Until then, this sadistic psycho-horror follows unlucky Madison, who is eight months pregnant and the victim of several miscarriages and domestic abuse. There is a mystery revolving around Madison’s complex psychological past and a possible stalker/assassin who may wish to protect her, or may want to kill her. To begin with, he appears to be Quasimodo, a hunchback, with the gait of his distant cousin Itt, and soon after he invades Madison’s home, where she loses her baby, her husband, and her ability to think clearly, she is frightened to realize that she has a telepathic connection to her assailant. She is able to see every cut made by his golden dagger when he murders, and we can, too scary.
The story takes place in Seattle and is filmed in and around Los Angeles, which gives it the trappings of standard genre movies: dark, cavernous homes with squeaky doors and questionable latches; crumbling mental institutions situated on steep cliffs; and, of course, Madison’s moldy old records are found in the cramped basement. Sounds of static, ominous voices beep from radios as Burgess’s camera follows the villain and his captives as they descend into tunnels and scale walls.
While not really frightening, Wan eventually gets to the funny and disgusting ending only a sadist would spoil. Consider as well.
111 min – Crime | Horror | Mystery | Thriller
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.