‘Children are a gift from Hell’
Malicious is a 2018 American horror feature film written and directed by Michael Winnick (Shadow Puppets) about a young college professor and his pregnant wife being haunted by a malicious entity.
When a young college professor Adam and his pregnant wife Lisa suffer a traumatic event, they find themselves along with Lisa’s sister Becky haunted — and connected — to a malicious entity.
It is only when Adam calls upon Dr. Clark, a professor of parapsychology at the university, that the true horror of what they have encountered becomes clear…
“Malicious is a film that plays by the book and ticks all genre clichés. The crazy woman, the worried husband, the mysterious professor and the very cheap country house: check, check and double check! You know exactly what you get. The acting compensates a bit […] Unfortunately that is not enough.” Frank v.d. Ven, Cinemagazine [translated from Dutch]
” …B-grade horror film is occasionally watchable and even slightly creepy at times, even if the ghastly imagery it offer range from properly sinister to downright cheesy, but “Malicious” is way too slow and unfocused to be intriguing enough, not to mention the scares are mostly ‘boo” George Beremov, CineMarvellous!
“It has some good camerawork and sound, fair twists, and fine pacing. While also having a derivative story, stiff lines and some dry performances. The scares are not exactly original, nor terrifying, though they are not badly done either. Someone new to Horror could use it as a good place to dip their toe in the genre.” Dave Heath, Cryptic Rock
“There just isn’t anything here that is original, very scary, or hasn’t been done a dozen times before and better. There are a few jump scares, but this movie is both tame and lame. Overall, it’s just dull.” Hampersnow
” …I found Malicious to be a very pleasant surprise. It does use a bit more CGI than I’d like. Mostly because it isn’t done very well – even if it is quite efficient at times! If you like the classic horror stories involving demons and pregnancy, then you should certainly check out Malicious on Netflix.” Karina Adelgaard, Heaven of Horror
Cast and characters:
- Bojana Novakovic … Lisa Pierce – The Hallow; Devil; Drag Me to Hell
- Josh Stewart … Adam Pierce – The Neighbor; Insidious: Chapter 4, The Collection
- Delroy Lindo … Dr. Clark – The Devil’s Advocate
- Melissa Bolona … Becky – The Final Wish; Mara; The Super; The Neighbor; Shark Lake
- Yvette Yates … Emily Harper – Bloodsucking Bastards; The Red House
- Luke Edwards … James Harper
- Jaqueline Fleming … Dr. Lee
- Ben VanderMey … David
- Presley Richardson … Demon Doll Girl
- Joy Kate Lawson … Demon Cheerleader
- Bailee MyKell Cowperthwaite … Sexy Demon
- Jo-Ann Robinson … Old Demon
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