James Wan has had a busy year so far. He’s now filming the sequel to Aquaman, and his original horror picture Malignant hits theaters today, just in time for Halloween. Madison, played by Annabelle Wallis, is transfixed by horrifying visions of brutal killings, and her misery intensifies when she realizes that her waking dreams are actually terrifying reality. Akela Cooper wrote the screenplay for Malignant, which also stars George Young, Jake Abel, Maddie Hasson, and Michole Briana White.
As is customary, we’ll begin with the CinemaBlend side. Eric Eisenberg, one of our own, gave Malignant a 4 out of 5 star rating. He believed it was “crazy and fantastic,” and praised James Wan for keeping the audience engaged throughout the film’s duration (though Eisenberg noted that the film hits a bit of a lull in the second act, but comes right back). He also praised Annabelle Wallis’ portrayal as Madison and Wan’s stunning cinematography, which appears to be a stylistic twist on the Italian Giallo subgenre. Eisenberg summarized his findings as follows. IMDB