Malevolent – USA, 2018

Malevolent is a 2018 American horror feature film directed by Olaf de Fleur Johannesson (producer of ‘Undying Love’ segment in Patient Seven) from a screenplay by Ben Ketai (The Strangers: Prey at Night; Johnny Frank Garrett’s Last Word; 30 Days of Night: Dark Days), based on the novel Hush by Eva Konstantopoulos. The movie stars Florence Pugh, Celia Imrie and Ben Lloyd-Hughes.

Siblings Jackson (Ben Lloyd-Hughes) and Angela (Florence Pugh) run a profitable ghost-busting racket; swindling the bereaved with fake detection equipment and Angela’s paranormal ‘visions’. Hired to investigate a haunted old foster home, the duo uncover its terrifying past: young girls brutally slaughtered, mouths stitched shut; silenced by a sadistic killer.

Soon, Angela’s on the edge – sleepless, strung out and losing her mind, no longer certain what’s actually real; convinced she hears the girls crying out to her from the darkness. However, supernatural terrors are the least of their problems when they discover the very real evil lurking in the isolated house…

Reviews:

Malevolent gets out of the gate preposterously strong, rides the wave of its own creativity for as long as it possibly can, and then finally falls over at the end, exhausted and spent. It’s an admirable, at times truly scary effort… but an effort is really all that it can offer.” Alec Bojalad, Den of Geek!

“If you like stories featuring ghosts and want a movie that relies on a good story rather than CGI effects, then Malevolent is an excellent choice!” Karina Adelgaard, Heaven of Horror

Malevolent isn’t scary, thrilling or any adjective one would use to describe a film of this ilk. The interesting bits found in the plot, including its predictable twist, are weighed down by stiff acting, weak horror elements and lackluster ‘monsters’.” Kenneth Seward Jr., IGN

” …there’s something more going on in Malevolent than most other straight-to-video horror flicks that play with the same themes. It’s not going to be anyone’s favorite new horror film this holiday season, but it’s a solid enough start to the month when temperatures drop and it becomes cooler to tell ghost stories.” Brian Tallerico, RogerEbert.com

Cast and characters:

  • Florence Pugh … Angela
  • Celia Imrie … Mrs. Green
  • Ben Lloyd-Hughes … Jackson
  • Scott Chambers … Elliot
  • Georgina Bevan … Beth

Release:

Malevolent debuted on Netflix on October 5, 2018.

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