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MOVIE REVIEW: We try to sum up our thoughts on bizarre horror ‘Malignant’

Occasionally a film comes around that leaves you speechless.

Fortunately for the purposes of this review, I have plenty to say about ‘Malignant’ , but you’re unlikely to see a more bonkers movie this year.

Director James Wan ( ‘Insidious’ , ‘The Conjuring’ ) knows how to tingle spines and he does it again here – along with stirring many other emotions.

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From the arresting but over-the-top prologue, complete with blood, broken bones and static electricity, it’s clear ‘Malignant’ isn’t your run-of-the-mill horror flick.

The basic plot sees Annabelle Wallis’ Madison paralysed by shocking visions of grisly murders, but to say there’s a lot more too it would be an understatement of epic proportions.

Wan uses his trademark pans and zooms as his camera investigates its surroundings and there’s a great eye-in-the-sky scene that makes it look like Madison is navigating a maze.

Lots of shots look like they were lit by torchlight, Wan has an uncanny knack for making locations – even a single room and cupboard – expansive, and films an eye-catching cop-killer chase sequence.

Much of ‘Malignant’ is Wan’s first stab at a slasher flick, albeit one with a seemingly supernatural murderer who is also capable of kidnapping and fashioning a weapon.

The antagonist communicates via radio, phone and TV white noise using a creepy voice and up until the third act, Wallis is given little to do but be traumatised and scream a lot.

Then we have the big reveal – and oh boy, it’s a doozy.

Equal parts ingenious and head-smacking, Wan flips his movie – and Wallis’ performance – on its head in stunning fashion.

The last 20 minutes are pure insanity, including a jail cell scene that makes ‘Wentworth’ look like ‘Chicken Run’ .

It’s difficult to sum up exactly how I feel about ‘Malignant’ , and I’m not even sure repeat viewings will make things any clearer.

One thing is for sure, you won’t forget it in a hurry while, no matter what you think of the story and its twists, it’s definitely a film elevated by Wan’s first-class direction.

Are you a fan of James Wan’s movies?Pop me an email at [email protected] and I will pass on your comments – and any movie or TV show recommendations you have – to your fellow readers.

‘Malignant’ is screening in cinemas now.

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