Malignant ★★½

I wish I wasn't allergic to James Wan's corny ass looking villains. I had similar feelings about elements of The Conjuring and Insidious too with the ye olde timey ghosts and shit.

The actual design of the 'creature face' is creepy and the sort of contortionist running angle is neat too but then they go and dress it up in a flowy trenchcoat that just reads silly to me. Ultimately there's a very specific reason for this, I know. It makes sense. I guess I'm not sure how else it could have been executed without this issue to be honest. The jail 'head reveal' scene was cool tho and this is back loaded with crowd pleasing carnage.

I like Wan's crisp and showy form to a point, all the wide angles, spins, twirls and swooshing overhead work are still fun.

I just want to let go and enjoy the all
-over-the-place-anything-goes big swing messiness but it doesn't totally land for me here. Some of the music too, that electronic/symphony Pixies thing... yikes.

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