Malignant ★★★★½

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This review may contain spoilers.

“He says his name is Gabriel. I think he's someone from my past.”

Malignant is a 2021 American supernatural horror film directed by James Wan which follows a woman called Madison who is paralyzed by shocking visions of grisly murders, and her torment worsens as she discovers that these waking dreams are in fact terrifying realities.

Wan’s return to horror and foray into the slasher/giallo sub-genre is a film that blends the eeriness of his haunted house movies with surprisingly graphic kills and the colour pallet of an Argento film.

Whilst it’s not strictly giallo, the plot has echoes of Eyes of Laura Mars and the black gloved killer has its fair share of surprising twist reveals.

Annabelle Wallis is fantastic throughout in a role that could’ve easily been one-dimensional and the rest of the cast do a good job with their roles even if the scripts nuances and complexities can be lost underneath the noise.

Joseph Bishara, who has collaborated on Wan with Insidious and The Conjuring, delivers what might be my favourite movie score of the year — synth-heavy, intense and at times practically sampling ‘Where is my Mind’ by The Pixies, it’s just phenomenal.

Overall, Malignant was one of my most anticipated releases of the year and unsurprisingly, Wan delivered which reiterates for me that he is one of the greatest directors of modern horror — from Saw to Insidious and now Malignant, I cannot sing the man’s praises enough.  I absolutely recommend you check this one out, it’s super entertaining and one of my favourite horror releases this year so far.

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