Malignant Review Movie
James Wan's latest film is a patchwork of '70s and 1980s horror allusions, however the story threads aren't held together as well. The story sways through time to ensure that Madison (Annabelle Wallis) is a sluggish nurse who is struggling the abuse of her spouse (Jake Abel) is able to piece together who she is when she's victimized by a stalker which has her and the local police awestruck.
It certainly has the look of a vintage one despite its modern-day surroundings. An old Gothic house with some similarity to the house in Beetlejuice is the main focus and is surrounded by retro appliances such as telekinetic dangers and telepathic communication via radios and televisions are reminiscent from Poltergeist or Carrie. When it comes to the most horrific killing scenes Malignant might give Mario's A Bay Of Blood a an uphill battle.
With all the ideas going at once The pacing can be erratic.
The body horror-themed makeup and the slasher-like film lighting beautifully hint to Cronenberg and Argento for instance: in an earlier scene, threatening glowing red light flits across the glass of a soon to be victim of a killer sporting an eerie face. The screenwriter Akela Cooper, who is working on a script that she and Wan And Ingrid Bisu came up with, utilizes these recurrent tropes of reference to defy expectations and achieve some success. However, with so many thoughts going at the same time and the pacing is often off plot holes appear and the characters supporting Detective Shaw (George Young) and her sister Sydney (Maddie Hasson) appear undeveloped.
The most obvious and worthy, tribute could be Annabelle Wallis's hairstyle. As Madison her long brunette locks that have fringes of the Suspiria's Suzy Bannion as well as The Shining's Wendy Torrance springing to mind. The latter is particularly so when Wallis is sat on an unlocked nursery door scared, her eyes bursting out, and her jaw wide trying to prevent any evil from entering.
The English actress is an absolute damsel. She displays a sharp vulnerability. However, like Duvall's famous character, Madison's wavy appearance and fragile state of mind hide a ferocious inner force eager to show in an explosive final scene that is certainly worth the long wait.