Malignant Review: 5 Ups & 5 Downs

Get ready for the most WTF movie of the year.

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New Line Cinema

The day everyone has been waiting for has finally arrived - James Wan's enigmatic new horror film Malignant is out now in cinemas and streaming on HBO Max.

Wan's film has had a curious journey to audiences, having been shot in late 2019 before languishing around in post-production for almost two years amid reports that it test-screened horribly. Apparently, Warner Bros. didn't know what to do with it.

Well, Malignant is now out in the wild, and while those hoping for a genuinely robust horror film in the vein of Insidious or The Conjuring are out of luck, this is nevertheless one of the most unforgettable genre works of the year.

While hardly the unmitigated trainwreck the pre-release rumours implied, Malignant is an extremely peculiar and uneven piece of work that seems primed to completely alienate general audiences expecting something more conventional.

For fans of sleazy '70s and '80s horror it just might do the trick, if you can forgive its frequent lurches into unintentional comedy. If nothing else, it's certainly a viewing experience you'll remember for a good while...


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