Film Review: All Fun And Games Until The Ghosts Show For Real

Malevolent (2018) – Review | Netflix Horror Movie | Heaven of Horror

Malevolent is a horror film released on Netflix in 2018. It was directed by Olaf de Fleur and written by Ben Ketai and Eva Konstantopolous.  The film’s cast includes Florence Pugh, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Celia Imrie, and Stephen McCole.

A couple of siblings named Jackson and Angela run a team of supposed ghost hunters who basically scam those who believe they have haunted houses.  Then they meet Mrs. Green and find the apparitions to be more than they could ever try to concoct.  Then it seems that Mrs. Green has some very disturbing secrets of her own and some chilling methods of silencing screams.

So I found this film to be fairly good considering the genre.  It does not have a very impressive budget, but the crew seems to make good use of their limited funds.  There are some effects and moments that do cause the spine to tingle a bit.  Pugh seems to be a rising star in recent years, and I have yet to find anything wrong with that. She seems to do well enough in the lead role.  There are some odd decisions made by some of the characters toward the end.  Of course, with horror movie, I often find the endings to be somewhat problematic.

Although this falls a long way from being in masterpiece territory, it is fairly interesting enough to avoid me judging it a complete waste of time.

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