Wan’s determination to avoid repeating himself has been one of the most astounding aspects of his work, and it has undoubtedly led to enormous success – yet with that in mind, Malignant is a terrific reminder of his sensibility. With his tenth feature, the filmmaker has sent a message to audiences that he still knows how to let it all hang out when he has a plot to do so, as the new release is as terrifying as it is fun as it is messed up. IMDB
Malignant, directed by Akela Cooper and based on an original story by James Wan and his wife Ingrid Bisu, grips you from the start with a flashback prologue that depicts various forms of bloody chaos at a research hospital, and from there it unfolds with a slew of big surprises and impressive ingenuity that leaves your mouth gaping wide as the action moves into the wild third act. Given the way it progresses, it’s difficult to discuss without giving too much away (which is something I’m trying to avoid with this review), but it can’t be underlined enough that the payoff is worth the wait.