DeCoon22’s review published on Letterboxd:
James Wan’s new film Malignant was really interesting, that’s kind of an understatement for the disturbing scenes that are in this. You would’ve been concerned about me if you saw my facial expressions when I found out the disturbing plot twist. I’ll keep that a secret. This film was also mind bending, a mind bending horror film directed by James Wan, if that doesn’t get you interested then I don’t know what will. I personally was very excited for this movie, Wan being one of my favorite directors. And I was intrigued that the film’s lead was Annabelle Wallis, who I’ve grown a liking to these past couple years. Her performance was magnificent, so good and so talented. She does horror very well. As for the movie as a whole, it’s really good, some flaws are that it felt a little rushed here and there, some of the CGI was cheesy (but I guess that’s what happens when a guy basically operates by moving forward for facing backwards? If you know, you know), and a little repetitive in a way I don’t really know how to explain. For a movie that’s just under two hours, it kind of went by fast, going back to the point that it felt a little rushed here and there is probably why. I praise the hell out of James Wan, his directing is just so good. And especially for the horror movies he has done. He uses camera pans back and forth that kinda catches you off guard for a possible jump scare that creates tension for the viewer. The slow zoom-in is another trademark I’ve noticed, and the use of hand held & stable camera work that can also create tension for the scene. The music in this is awesome, I genuinely loved the soundtrack. Music is a very big thing for me, for someone who loves music and appreciates how different kinds can set a tone in the film. The story alone was also interesting, this woman being haunted by a past imaginary friend she had, named Gabriel. I wish I loved this, but I can say that I actually really liked it. It’s weird, but it’s new and different which I absolutely love, I love and always respect creativity. James Wan delivered, thank you good sir, movies nowadays are starting to loose creativity, which I’m starting to crave for recently.