The game Malignant was released in January of 2018. It is a first-person shooter that takes place on the moon, where players are tasked with protecting their colony from an alien invasion.
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REVIEW OF THE MOVIE – A stroke of brilliance or a complete rip-off? The latest film from horror master James Wan, Malignant, left us with mixed emotions.
Malignant has sparked a flurry of confusion since its covert release last week. Indeed, James Wan’s film, which is the creator of the cult franchises Saw, Conjuring, and Insidious, is booed as much as it is praised. Yet, God knows, the story of this young woman, who was able to see a serial killer’s crimes in real time, seemed promising! Is James Wan losing steam after tackling blockbusters like Fast and Furious 7 and Aquaman? Is it possible that his attempt at parodic horror was misinterpreted? It’s difficult to choose…
Is James Wan drained?
Let’s face it: James Wan’s Malignant isn’t exactly a game-changer. The director skims over his favorite clichés once more. The large, ostensibly haunted house, a relatively badly damaged family unit, and countless camera movements It’s all over the place, all the time. To the point of nausea and disorientation from the scenery. Whereas James Wan had honed his ability to deliver a lot with few effects in films like The Conjuring and Insidious, he now loses himself in a plethora of tools. In addition, in the application of digital technology. Rarely has a film directed by the master splattered so much CGI across the screen, to the point of absurdity.
Especially since an hour and a half can feel like an eternity at times, to the point where the script gets lost in a maze of complex explanations. But, when you think about it, the conclusion isn’t all that surprising, given the evidence presented. Furthermore, let us assume that we usually admire the director’s fondness for pop culture and its references in Malignant. The references to DePalma’s Sisters in Blood are nearly parody-like in this instance, and the music is in poor taste. The acting, like the dialogue, is also lacking. Is there nothing else in the horror genre for James Wan? Is he the father of his first child? That is an excellent question.
Or is he a master of self-parody?
When you see Malignant, you almost have to wonder if he isn’t knowingly laughing in the face of these new audiovisual actors. Everything in the movie is rhyming with parody. From the detective duo – who remind me of Danny Pino and Tracie Thoms from Cold Case – to the script’s development, which reminds me of a Saw that is completely unscripted. Certain camera angles, such as this unbridled shot above the creepy haunted house, also give the impression of being too much as fuck. It’s difficult to believe that a mind capable of conceiving a horror film as deft as Insidious could create such grotesque images without a hidden agenda.
Also, some scenes are amusing, such as when our boogeyman battles his fellow inmates, who are all straight out of the genre’s worst clichés. If this isn’t done on purpose to make people laugh… James Wan’s head must have collided with a hard wall in this case. This has happened on several occasions. As a result, we have our reservations. Malignant has a lot of good ideas for direction, especially in terms of pure horror. Especially in this use of camera movements, which do indeed immerse us in the scene. But it was done on purpose. James Wan hasn’t lost his knack for subjective shots that elicit a natural sense of unease in the audience. So, MISLEADING, a sickeningly bad film, or an unspoken parody? Until the end of time, the question remains unanswered.
REVIEW OF THE MOVIE – A stroke of brilliance or a complete rip-off? The newest picture from horror maestro James Wan, Malignant, left us with mixed emotions. Malignant has sparked a flurry of confusion since its covert publication last week. Indeed, James Wan’s picture, which is the creator of the cult series Saw, Conjuring, and Insidious, is booed as much as it is praised. Yet, God knows, the tale of this young lady, who was able to witness a serial killer’s atrocities in real time, sounded promise! Is James Wan losing steam after attempting to break into the blockbuster genre with Fast & Furious…
Malignant: Parodic Genius or Complete Idiocy?
Malignant: Parodic Genius or Complete Idiocy?
Gergely Herpai (BadSector)
MISLEADING, obscenely bad film or unspoken parody? Until the end of time, the issue stays unanswered.
5.8 for acting
5.6 for the story
8.2 for visuals and music
MISLEADING, obscenely bad film or unsaid parody? Until the end of time, the issue stays unanswered.
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