James Wan's 'Malignant' Review: The Best Hollywood Horror Movie Of 2021

I’ve been slacking off recently with my blog. In between the unexpected travel to Texas and the getting sick, which is what’s happening right now, I’ve just not had the easiest time getting stuff watched and written. I’m feeling okay right now and figured that I would give Malignant a watch, since it just came out. With it coming out on HBO Max I was able to see it without having to possibly spread any illness. I didn’t really know anything about Malignant before it came out. I had seen stuff about it on HBO Max, but I hadn’t seen any trailers or anything else. I feel like going in without any knowledge was a positive.

Malignant was directed by James Wan. It was written by Akela Cooper with story by James Wan, Ingrid Bisu, and Akela Cooper. It stars Annabelle Wallis, Mckenna Grace, Maddie Hasson, George Young, Michole Briana White, and Jake Abel. I didn’t recognize Annabelle Wallis; I didn’t realize that I had seen her in several things before this. She does a good job in her role, but so does Mckenna Grace. I feel like Grace does quite a bit more of the heavy lifting when it comes to the character. I don’t want to go too much into it, so I’ll leave it at that.

The plot of Malignant follows Madison Mitchell. She in an abusive marriage with an asshole named Derek. After her head is slammed against the wall everything starts to go to hell. Both she and Derek are attacked inside their home, which results in Derek being killed and Madison losing the baby that she was pregnant with. From here on I’m going to be vague about what happens in the plot. The same killer goes on to kill other people while Madison has visions of the killings. The killer also reaches out and it turns out that there is an unknown previous connection between them. Through a crazy turn of events the killer is defeated, and Madison comes to terms with everything that she’s learned.

The score that was done by Joseph Bishara is absolutely fantastic. The music helps so much to build the tension and just sets the tone so wonderfully I wanted to mention it right away. I also want to mention the use of Where is My Mind by The Pixies throughout the movie. A cover was used and I didn’t know that until the credits. I thought it was just a riff on it that was being used. The effects are outstanding in the movie. Whether it be the transformation of Gabriel or the dreams. The melting away effect used for the dreams look amazing. The stunt team knocked it out of the park.

Malignant is worth a watch if you’re a fan of horror. There’s plenty to like if you’re going in wanting to watch a fun movie that can get pretty bonkers. The only gripe I have is with the actual ending being kinda cheesy, but it really doesn’t detract from my enjoyment of the entire movie. I’d say if you get a chance see Malignant in theaters. I would give Malignant 9 broken trophies out of 10.

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