Reviewed by: Greg Mueller

Greg's Score:
8.25

Plot/Story

8

Characters

7

Acting

7

Cinematography

10

Production Design

7

Soundtrack

7

Execution

10

Emotional Impact

10


Review:

This is the first horror movie in a very long time that I actually enjoyed. I had a blast the entire way through and I'm ready to watch it again. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying Malignant is a good movie in that it is a well made movie, but it is a true pleasure to experience. The CGI is just terrible the entire time and the story is awful and the acting is kind of crap and the score is like a generic rock version of the Bones theme song. This movie is crap, but it's fun crap. It's a big, dumb, stupid horror movie and it knows it and revels in it. At no point did I think the movie was taking itself seriously; it was just screwing around for two hours. No spoilers, but the plot is so stupid but it's just ridiculous enough that I'm thinking "Holy crap, they're really doing this!". There are tons of set-ups that go nowhere and tons of stupid little movie logic things, but it kind of just works. Again, this is not a good movie like Fincher of Kubrick film or whatever, but it's pure, unbridled James Wan having fun. There is a debate about the intention of the film and how much of what I love about it is intentional. Is this a parody/homage to crappy B-movies or is it actually a crappy B-movie itself. Does James Wan think he's making a real movie or is he was he just out to make a bat-shit crazy, fun movie? Are we laughing at his ineptitude or is he in on the joke? To me, it's obviously just supposed to be a fun movie with little winks and nods towards awful horror movies. There are far to many things like the opening scene, which feels like a terrible set up for an 80's sci-fi movie, and the opening credits which could easily have been from any of the generic CBS police/fire/detective/etc shows. If I was judging this impartially, it's like a two at best, but my heart wants to give it a five. It really is the first time in a long time that I've watched a movie and had this much glee the entire time. I really can't undersell how much fun I had with this movie. The hitch for you is just how far into stupid territory you are willing to go. It's kind of like the Fast & Furious of horror. With F&F, I felt it was taking itself too seriously for the outrageously unrealistic and nonsensical crap it was showing me. Malignant knows that it makes no sense and is one more popped eyeball away from being a big budget Troma movie. It's easily my best film of 2021.