As I stated in a post a few days ago, horror movies can be a hit or miss experience in terms of their execution. I’ve seen my fair share of both good and bad scary movies, and unfortunately, Malevolent falls under the bad category.
Malevolent is “a 2018 British horror film directed by Olaf de Fleur Johannesson and written by Ben Ketai and Eva Konstantopoulos, based on the novel Hush also written by Konstantopoulos,” the movie’s Wikipedia page explains. Starring Florence Pugh, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Scott Chambers, Georgina Bevan, James Cosmo, and Celia Imrie, the flick was released by Netflix in October of last year.
The movie depicts a brother and sister duo, Angela and Jackson, along with their partners, who carry out fabricated paranormal investigations as a cash grab. It is revealed rather early on in the plot that the siblings’ mother was a medium of sorts, having the ability to detect paranormal presences, with Angela inheriting this same ability. Angela is somewhat aware of her gift, though she attempts to suppress it as much as possible because of the struggles her mother encountered with the same ability.
The team receives a call from a woman asking them to visit her house and investigate abnormal activity she claims she has experienced. Upon arriving at the house, the team realizes things are not how they initially perceived them to be, and shit goes downhill real quick upon the woman’s realization that the investigation is fake.
I’m not going to give anything away, but trust me, this movie simply is not worth your time. The acting is subpar, in my opinion, and the plot itself is sort of stupid. The ending is one of the worst I’ve seen in a horror movie yet, and despite starting out strong, Malevolent dramatically flops at the finish line.