MALIGNANT (2021) James Wan’s horror movie gets a poster, images and first trailer



Malignant is a 2021 American supernatural horror film about a young woman who is “paralyzed by shocking visions of grisly murders […] her torment worsens as she discovers that these waking dreams are in fact terrifying realities.

Previously, director James Wan (Aquaman; The Conjuring; Insidious; Saw) revealed that Malignant, apparently a giallo-inspired “hard-R thriller” with “old school, practical effects” had wrapped principal filming. Co-written with Akela Cooper (The Nun 2; M3GAN; Hell Fest) and based on a story co-written with actress Ingrid Bisu (The Nun), the New Line-Atomic Monster production was shot in Los Angeles, a recipient of the Independent California Film Rebate.

The cast includes Annabelle Wallis (Annabelle; Annabelle: Creation and The Mummy), Maddie Hasson, Jake Abel, Jacqueline McKenzie, Michele Briana White, George Young and Paul Mabon.

Malignant has been given an R rating by the MPA for “Strong horror violence, gruesome images, and for language.”




James Wan previously commented: “I’m super excited to go back to my indie roots with this hard-R thriller. An original horror idea (not a reboot/remake or anything based on existing IP) with old school, practical effects and no giant, blue screen sets. That’s all I’ll say for now.”

It has to be said that we can see no giallo influences in the trailer and there are a considerable number of CGI effects so we’re baffled by James Wan’s previous statements. Maybe the trailer doesn’t represent the movie itself?

Release date:

Malignant will be released on  September 10, 2021, over a year later than originally announced due to the ongoing pandemic.


Fun facts:

The movie was previously rumoured to be called Silvercup.


We first posted about Maligant back on September 25, 2019, when it was first announced. This is an updated version of that post which has already been updated as more news about the movie was revealed.