Malignant

Malignant ★★★★

This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.

This review may contain spoilers.

"Time to cut out the cancer''.

WARNING: Major Spoilers Ahead.

A mysterious woman possessed by an contagious, cancerous demon is honestly a intriguing concept for such an entertaining horror film. Lots of positive things said about "Malignant" that's out of this world for the tins horror community. It occurs to me that director James Wan went inside his head and thought "this concept can work better on paper or can be a visual dazzle for audiences to connect to this unworldly concept". And in those aspects when I say "unworldly" it means this film has everything. It has intense gore, intense violence, intense elements, intense tension it is bottom of the barrel entertaining also worldly well-written. If you love to dig on unworldly supernatural phenomena then this film's intelligent yet out of this world script can both shock you or wildly reform your thought on horror films. Malignant for me is different because like most films in a horror genre is just constant jump scares then relatable characters. The fact James Wan went out of his way to create one of the most influential horror films of this year conclusively brings in a lot of attention to detail. I love Malignant, it's wildly impressive and on some similar scales I adore the technical aspects it gets right about B horror films from the past that are straight out lame in their presentation but Malignant is different trust me.

If you were to combine enough elements this dramatically insane then Malignant has a strong feeling towards it's main protagonist. Making it impressively entertaining though was one of James Wans sentimental aspects even though he's previous film "Aquaman" a billion dollar type comic book superhero movie that's fish out of water, Malignant does not sets foot into stupid horror tropes or cliches if you will. It sticks to the guns it has between utter madness and a coherent story screens writers put out to expand the madness of it. There's the courageously creative intentions James Wan crafts in his earlier films of horror such as his famous Conjuring films where he has those iconic wide angels shots or actors are given over dramatic material so their performances are a bit over dramatic. You get a variety of hidden scope James Wan adds visually to his films. It's hard to even discuss it because this film is inspiring or influential based on those unworldly scopes. The visuals are also part of James Wans style because there's style to Malignant. It has certain style. There's more creativity to it all. More creativity.

Malignant's first half starts out strong. It opens with a setting set in the year 1993 shows a nameless doctor recording herself for a journal. It's establishing the film's main parasites or antagonist in such a way were I could be convinced by the unique set-up. An alarm goes off, it warns a subjective yet aggressive parasite named Gabriel has escaped from his jail cell. James Wan opens up this sequence through unique visual scope, over dramatic camerawork, actors giving over dramatic lines. It seems you want to take the sequence a little too seriously or comedic if you want to embrace Wans perfection. So James Wan is no stranger to disgusting imagery or gory imagery, James Wans previous work on Saw made him famous for what this film is famous for now. Wan puts out a lot of creative ideas to set-up scenes or elements that are so so abundantly clear as intelligent. In Saw, there's two characters isolated inside a burnt out bathroom, two of them have some banter until the film shifts into an all out gore fest to escape. There leave a twist and fully cook your audience to a crisp. Malignant's opening scene does introduce Gabriel through a sadistic opening sequence straight out of a pink floyd art drawing.

Gabriel is a parasitic infection living inside Madison later in the film. It introduces Gabriel so we can have an idea who's the antagonist really is. The dialogue in the opening sequence can be corny and cheesy in a way where it works drastically like that. The film spats out this line it is time to cut out the cancer. A famous line the film manifests to the antagonist's characteristics. So the opening introduces other types of characters you think are just there to be victims of the sadistic killer. As it turns out there characters of Gabriel's killing spree for when they try to progressively and extensively get him out of people's heads. It's made clear heavy stuff or elements are going to be placed in the film as established here. I adore the film's main antagonists a parasitic tin infection willing to manifest your visions or dreams whenever it's your subconscious doing all this stuff when in reality your just really dream.

It's a proven fact the film introduces. Gabriel can manifest your own visions or dreams. After the opening sequence, we're introduced to a character named Madison. At first glance she's a normal character to be worthy enough to be a final girl of a horror film when in reality it's not trying to do it that formula. The film tries to develop a strict also very underwhelming abusive relationship towards Madison and his husband Derek. It never truly develops their relationship at all since it only introduces Madison not their relationship so we can connect to them. What matters is Derek physically awakened the spirit that lurks inside Madison's head. This is where the film starts kicking into the tin awful goriness of it all. It presents these supernatural elements like it's we've seen it all before but in reality it is well-executed in those scenes where I became invested. The supernatural elements are there to not only "spook you" or give you intense thrills but show what a parasite at heart can take many forms.

The parasite controls it's person like a puppet. It does the same with Madison. Madison's innocence and unhealthy state dealing with this demented parasite is a conflictive interest to be seen. The film never gives you explanation into what's going on with Madison seeing lots of random murders that are somewhat connected or related. It's terrific establishment in her ability to see visions of murders happening by a lengthy coma is subpar for a main female protagonist. I love Madison as the main female character, they didn't just try to make her the final girl like most horror films do in their trait of structure. They made her responsible or self-aware of this situation or can't find ways to make it go away. Her sister on the other hand is developed partially to be an supportive helper for her well-being even if she's a bland character. I love Annabelle Wallis's performance, it's strikingly powerful and made her just a believable female lead of horror.

It's established toward the third act that it isn't just Gabriel who's her imaginary friend from the past. Well it does mention she's her awfully mean spirited imaginary friend but the parasite manifests your dreams so it's one way or the other? I believe so. James Wans script is beyond interesting. It presents these characters as not making stupid choices but somewhat be part of the plot as suggested. There part of the plot so it makes the tension more believable and engaging that I adored. I adore James Wans direction because it takes Madison's conflicts with her parasitic imaginary friend to the next level. By the final act it does turn into complete insanity like if seeing bloody murder in Halloween Kills was stupider enough, Malignant doesn't show bloody murder for fun but shows them because tension is built throughout each scenario which makes it worthwhile.

I can't honestly compare this to a Mike Flannagan directorial film. It is more "Macho" then "terrifying". It isn't afraid to show disturbing kind of images nor intense gore because without it, jump scares will be the only visual standpoint audiences will get bored from. Complete dead air is what they would get. The tension is there to bring you a closest upbringing into every sticky situation whether it's disturbing or worth while to experience. The dramatic tension is basically refreshing. The fact my friend while watching it thought what if Michael Jackson in his "Thriller" days can show up at that spooky mental hospital dancing. It could've been great or hilarious to witness that on screen before it has "Fin". But first I want to cover up a spooky sequence in Malignant that I became obsessed with.

The Jail scene- One of the most brilliantly put sequences to be ever put on film. The Jail sequence in Malignant is so well-executed and made me say "EEEEEH!!". I know, I know it's more iconic then the chair scene. This is why James Wan is such a brilliant director at handling such rich execution. Madison is prisoned soulfully because they found Madison's adopted mother on Madison's basement in her home. The scene though is a complete twist. James Wan equalizes these twists that where seemingly iconic for the Saw films so his inspiration comes into this visionary horror. You see Madison's sister go through various VHS tapes about the doctor from earlier making journals about Emily May and her experience with "Gabriel". The scene cuts back to Mad's sister and Madison in the jail cell. It's the type of shots James Wan is so obsessed with that's well-crafted. In the Jail cell, Madison sits their while two hippy 70's dressed women constantly bother her until Gab manifests her into letting the "cancer" out of her head. The scene in particular sprawls into complete gory chaos and it's so creative and a sexy Annabelle Wallis makes all these flexible moves while she kills all these prisoners like if she would be a nice dancer in "Just Dance". It happens constantly throughout the film and I enjoyed it. I don't know if a stunt double did all those flexible moves or energetic skills to have that but if Annabelle Wallis really did make flips or that then she's very talented. So you can tell the "Jail sequence" is my favorite scenes to ever be captured on film.

The soundtrack "Where's my mind" fits so perfectly into this movie. It is a surprise to see a James Wan film provide lots of unique scores. It not only fits what supposedly is tension filled thrilling sequences but it sounds excellent. Nothing can save a movie without a beat of a drum. The dialogue is corny at times but for me willing to embrace it's awful gory imagery or utter disturbance so I had no problem with the film's dialogue at all. The production design was spooky, haunting or really crisp. The haunted house filled with spooky lights or things moving by themselves or smoky fog is a horror cliche but it's presented through inspiration of other horror films from the past. James Wan can do what ever he wants in horror, the direction, the style, the script, it's terrific characters, spooky elements make this film what it is influential.

James Wan's Malignant was one of the most haunting experiences I've seen in years coming from a smart, wicked horror film. James Wan is a directional master at provoking disturbing images or tension that it all feels quite influential. The engaging story kept me invested because for a character like Madison suffers through a lot in this film through her imaginary friend/parasite which is pretty effective. James Wan at heart should do more horror like this, it shouldn't be the usual haunted house visual experience more a character driven psychological drama I would love that. Malignant was different. Malignant was different in it smart craft. It at least told a unique story then let loose on the horror aspects.

In conclusion Malignant shows what a visually adaptive horror film can do by writing a good script or give characters to do something from their raw material. James Wans direction sells out the film's creativity. I highly recommend you see Malignant. It's not every once in a while an horror film gets kind of the same formula from this and realize what I have done wrong. This isn't original or is a revolutionary game change for cinema, it's a nice addition to the horror genre especially it's nicely great pacing that's fast. Go see Malignant. It can fuck you up.

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