Malicious (2018) Plot
Alright, fellow movie enthusiasts, I’ve got a spine-chilling story for you that will have you gripping the edge of your seat.
Allow me to introduce you to Adam, a young teacher, and his wife Lisa. They’re your typical couple, eagerly awaiting the arrival of their precious little one. Life seems picture-perfect, until it takes a sinister turn. Out of the blue, they find themselves facing an inexplicable malicious force that transforms their once blissful existence into a living nightmare.
Believe me, folks, we’re talking about some seriously messed-up stuff here. This unknown entity, this malevolent presence, is straight out of your worst fears. It’s unrelenting, it’s bone-chilling, and it’s turning their world upside down.
Just imagine the sheer horror and the desperate need to break free from this nightmarish ordeal. Adam and Lisa are pushed to their limits as they search for a way to escape. And that’s when the story takes an intriguing twist. They make a bold decision to confront this evil face-to-face, determined to unveil its origins and put an end to the torment.
But let me warn you, it won’t be a walk in the park. This evil force is cunning, it’s merciless, and it won’t go down without a fight. As Adam and Lisa delve deeper into the shadowy depths of their nightmare, they’ll uncover chilling secrets that will send shivers down your spine.
So, grab your popcorn and brace yourselves for a pulse-pounding thriller that will keep you at the edge of your seat. Will Adam and Lisa conquer this enigmatic evil? Or will they succumb to its horrifying power? Stay tuned for this heart-pounding, hair-raising tale of terror that will leave you breathless.
Malicious (2018) Cast
- Bojana Novakovic as Lisa
- Josh Stewart as Adam
- Delroy Lindo as Dr. Clark
- Melissa Bolona as Becky
- Luke Edwards as James Harper
- Yvette Yates as Emily Harper
Malicious (2018) Review
This is your classic Friday night horror movie, perfect for enjoying with a tub of popcorn. It doesn’t aim to be groundbreaking like “Hereditary” or “It Follows,” but if you embrace it for what it is, you’ll have a good time.
The film kicks off with an intense opening scene, showing a man in a disturbed state committing a horrifying act. I had a feeling I recognized him, but I’ll come back to that later.
We then jump to the present, where Professor Adam (played by Josh Stewart) and his lovely, very pregnant wife Lisa (played by Bojana Novakovich) are moving into their new house, which the university provided them fully furnished (a classic horror movie red flag).
They receive a mysterious box, which may or may not be haunted, as a supposed gift. Adam can’t open it, but his curious wife opens it while he’s at work. At the time, it seems like a minor incident, but it turns out to be the catalyst for what unfolds.
This movie is dripping with horror movie clichés. There’s the young woman facing trauma, leading everyone to question her sanity. The university has a parapsychology department led by the fantastic Delroy Lindo, whose presence alone elevates the film. We have haunted mirrors, haunted pictures, and so on. You get the picture (pun intended). We also have the traumatized woman’s sister, Becky, played by Melissa Bolona, who shows up to lend a hand. Was she the one who left the box? The film brings up this question a few times but purposefully keeps the answer vague until later.
What the movie does have going for it is a competent cast. Personally, I’m a fan of both Stewart and Novakovich (especially her performance in the underrated horror film “Devil” from 2010), as well as Delroy Lindo and Luke Edwards. You might be wondering who Luke Edwards is. He’s the man from the opening scene, whom the couple later visits to gain more insight into what’s happening. He’s also the youngster who managed the Minnesota Twins at the age of 12 in “Little Big League.” Where did he come from? What a pleasant surprise.
The movie follows a somewhat predictable path, with a twist ending that, if you paid attention, you could see coming easily.
Overall, this is a slightly above average horror flick with decent special effects and a well-structured plot. It may not blow you away with originality, but if you’re looking for something to stream for free on a Friday night after a tough week of work, you could do a lot worse.
I give it 3 stars (although they shamelessly borrowed a scene from “The Shining” that would have Stanley Kubrick rolling over in his grave).
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