Malignant Movie Review

Malignant Movie Review

James Wan’s latest film is one of the more bonkers movies of the year.


James Wan solidified his place in horror movie history many years ago. Saw, The Conjuring, and Insidious are all excellent movies that changed the way people made horror films, and are the main reason I’m such a big fan of his. With him slipping back into the director’s chair for Malignant, it immediately became one of my most-anticipated movies of the year. While I did like the movie, it couldn’t have been further from what I was expecting. Let’s dig into it.

Starring Annabelle Wallis, Malignant follows the story of a woman named Madison, who is plagued by horrifying visions of violent murders. She sees them as they happen, even though she isn’t physically present. Originally believing these to be dreams, she soon learns that these visions are 100 percent real.


Off the bat, Annabelle Wallis is terrific in this movie. This is the first flick I’ve seen her have such a big role in, and she knocks it out of the park. She perfectly captures the hysteria of the character, and the script gives her a ton to do. Ironically, I found her performance to be the only decent one in the movie. All of the other characters were really shaky, which I found so bizarre for a James Wan movie. 

I love how Malignant looks from a cinematic perspective. There’s some shots that are very similar to what Wan does in The Conjuring, but also some really cool experimental shots as well. There’s a particular one-shot that follows Annabelle Wallis through several areas of her home, taken from a top-down perspective that really stuck with me. 

There’s some decent scares, but not as terrifying as I was hoping. The creature itself, what you see in the trailer, is pretty scary looking, and its movements were super creepy, very reminiscent of the exorcist. However, I wasn’t as spooked as I had been anticipating. This is likely because after that batshit crazy finale, I was feeling every other possible response. 


I keep alluding to the bonkers nature of this movie, but I’m going to have to keep it at just that. I don’t even want to toe close to spoilers, so what I’ll say is, see the movie for yourself, and just enjoy the ride. The third act is truly a rollercoaster, and I’m so curious as to what you all think of it. This is a movie that’s already been quite polarizing. I’ve got some pals that downright hated it, and others that were in love with it. Avoid trailers if you can, and just go into this thing blind.

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Annabelle Wallis is great

Loved how it was shot

Great creature design and effects

Unlike most of Wan's other flicks


Story takes some hard reaches

Poor performances from the rest of the cast

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    September 15, 2021 4:15 PM

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      September 15, 2021 4:21 PM

      Halfway in to the film I realized: I love this movie. Thank you for encouraging to avoid the trailer.

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        September 15, 2021 10:51 PM

        Dognose, it is my turn to poop in your Chinese cornflakes over a movie.

        I could not stand Malignant yesterday to the point I had to shut it off before I wasted the rest of my life by finishing it.

        You were definitely right it was really 80s, but not The Thing 80s, or Hellraiser 80s, or even Society 80s. More like the worst episode of that Creepshow TV series. It was just disjointed, incomprehensible and not even gory to make up for it. I don’t think being stoned off my ass would’ve helped either.

        On the bright side, I could imagine you enjoying it and feel happy for you! You certainly have never steered me wrong about a horror movie ever before, so enjoy!!

        I had to cleanse my palate, so I watched The Ritual on Netflix and that was quite decent! Better than The Empty Man and Malignant, that’s for sure. I watched it because the director is the one doing the new Hellraiser movie that’s going to be on Hulu that David Goyer is writing; and I wanted to see how crap or ok it has a chance to be.

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          September 15, 2021 10:54 PM

          The Ritual is wonderful :O

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            September 15, 2021 11:20 PM

            It had many shocks and just when I was thinking the ending was getting too literal, it went to a crazy place.

            The director has a new movie that’s playing in theaters right now called The Night House, which is supposed to be very scary. It’s not streaming yet.

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              September 15, 2021 11:36 PM

              I am getting texted about that one, hope it plays near me soon!

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                September 15, 2021 11:39 PM

                I don’t want to watch any trailers or read a synopsis. I just know it’s being compared to Hereditary, which is as scary as it gets, imo.

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                  September 15, 2021 11:40 PM

                  It’s playing right now down here but I’m not eager to go to a movie theater yet.

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                    September 15, 2021 11:43 PM

                    I've lucked out because there is 0 to 3 people in the theatre with me but I live up where you have to have a PO box.

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                      September 15, 2021 11:47 PM

                      I’m taking my risks going to the gym, so I feel like I don’t have anything more in my viral load savings account. :(

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                        September 15, 2021 11:50 PM

                        I've been going to the store and yelling at people for wearing masks, while wearing a mask. The resultant fistfights are confusing but exhilarating

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      September 15, 2021 5:56 PM

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      September 15, 2021 8:42 PM

      This movie is a LONG, painful LONG slow burn setup for a horrendously funny punch line. The last 20min is some of the funniest shit I’ve ever seen on screen. I’ve not laughed so hard in a long time. I can’t believe I’m saying that this movie is worth the watch.

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      September 16, 2021 12:29 AM

      Fun movie.

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      September 16, 2021 7:03 AM

      Comedy of the year!

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      September 17, 2021 9:35 AM

      I'm still trying to process this movie lol. But I will say James Wan definitely took risks with this one. I did enjoy reacting to it with my friends on HBOMax so there's that

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