alison rumfitt’s review published on Letterboxd:
James Wan has now set the template for two seperate decades of commerical horror cinema, first with Saw, a Se7ensploitation film which cast a long shadow that I'm not sure Wan ever intended, and then with the one-two punch of Insidious and The Conjuring. Malignant references those films at points - there are two cops who think they're in a procedural, much like the side story in Saw, and a first act that makes motions towards this being a haunted house before things start to take a turn. Its something we really don't get much any more; an honest to goodness 'one for me' after a string of 'one for them's', a melding of 1980s US grossout with italian supernatural weirdness that happens to have a $25 million budget.
I fucking adored it, and I want to watch it twenty more times right now.