Malignant movie review - Aussieboyreviews


Coming from the director of The Conjuring, Malignant is unfortunately not very scary or deep. Fans will either adore or feel extremely disappointed by this gory, messy and bonkers horror movie.


A woman named Madison is haunted by horrifying visions of gruesome murders that she shortly discovers are actually terrifying realities.

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Movie details

Director: James Wan
Cast: Annabelle Wallis, Maddie Hasson, George Young, Michole Briana White
Writer: Akela Cooper
Release Date (Australia): 21 October 2021
Runtime: 111 minutes/1h 51m
Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Country: USA
Language: English

CONTENT GUIDE (warning: May contain spoilers)

Themes (MA15+)

The film contains supernatural themes and horror themes, as well as thematic material such as domestic violence, a woman suffering from miscarriages and depictions of surgical procedures.

Violence (R18+)

The film contains multiple depictions of stabbings that are accompanied by large blood sprays and gory injury detail, as well as a lengthy sequence that feature bloody depictions of attacks, shootings, stabbings, bone-breaking and gore detail, and a woman’s skull being crushed.

Coarse Language (M)

The film contains several uses each of the words “s**t”, “goddamn”, “bitch” and “f**k”.

mpaa rating

R (for strong horror violence and gruesome images, and for language)

Aussie boy's thoughts

Maybe if you’re looking for a totally bonkers, gory and messy horror movie, James Wan’s new film, Malignant, is not like advertised and might just offer exactly what you’re looking for. The film stars Annabelle Wallis in the premise as a woman who begins experiencing nightmarish visions of gruesome murders to then discover that they are realities happening as she dreams them, but does the film really follow this premise? Well, it does and it doesn’t.

Coming from the director of some very successful and extremely frightening horror movies like The Conjuring and Insidious, Malignant is a horror-mystery that, very surprisingly, is not truly terrifying, unless you count jump-scares and sudden loud music as worthy scares. Malignant is also very gory, mainly during the last act of the film, which is a bonus, but the performances from the lead and the supporting characters are fairly weak and poorly-written.

Wan also does an exceptional job behind the camera, creating shots with creepy visual that themselves are extremely memorable and effective for a horror movie. However, the big problem with this horror film is the fact that the trailers make it look seriously scary and scarily serious, when the truth is it’s nothing like that. Until the third act finally approaches, Malignant is an absolutely bonkers and terribly messy horror-(comedy?) that feels like a big joke. This movie’s lack of sense in its direction doesn’t work and it rather wastes a pretty cool concept. But it is still watchable and somewhat engaging.

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