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Malevolence -- It's ten years after the kidnapping of Martin Bristol. Taken from a backyard swing at his home at the age of six, he is forced to witness the unspeakable crimes of a deranged madman. For years, Martin's whereabouts have remained a mystery...until now.
Malevolence -- It's ten years after the kidnapping of Martin Bristol. Taken from a backyard swing at his home at the age of six, he is forced to witness unspeakable crimes of a deranged madman. For years, Martin's whereabouts have remained a mystery...until now.


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15 April 2005 (Spain) See more »
It's ten years after the kidnapping of Martin Bristol. Taken from a backyard swing at his home at the age of six, he is forced to witness unspeakable crimes of a deranged madman. For years, Martin's whereabouts have remained a mystery...until now. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
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A homage to grindhouse eighties slasher films See more (111 total) »


  (in credits order)

R. Brandon Johnson ... Julian (as Brandon Johnson)
Samantha Dark ... Samantha Harrison
Heather Magee ... Marylin

Richard Glover ... Kurt
Courtney Bertolone ... Courtney Harrison
John Richard Ingram ... Sheriff Riley

Keith Chambers ... Max

Kevin McKelvey ... Special Agent William Perkins
Lenn Gross ... FBI Agent Daley
Pamela Marie Guida ... Sally
Mia Lotringer ... Girl in Basement

Stevan Mena ... Officer at Roadblock
Jay Cohen ... 17-Year-Old Martin Bristol
David K. Guida II ... Six-Year-Old Martin Bristol
Mark Dobil ... FBI Agent Parker
Karl Schmidt ... Security Guard
Dawn Marie Ivans ... Girl at Gas Station
Al Bertolone ... Umpire
Meaghan Dempsey ... Catcher
Danielle Cunetta ... Batter
David DeLong ... EMS Worker
Anne Erdner ... EMS Worker
Paul Hoffman ... EMS Worker
Kristi Massamini ... EMS Worker
John Shambo ... EMS Worker
Robbie Bowman ... EMS Worker
Alan Howse ... EMS Worker
David K. Guida ... Graham Sutter
Gurdy ... Scary Tree
Timothy J. Bristoll ... Radio

Directed by
Stevan Mena 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Stevan Mena 

Produced by
Eddie Akmal .... associate producer
Stevan Mena .... producer
Alex That .... executive producer
Rob Vinci .... co-producer
Original Music by
Stevan Mena 
Cinematography by
Tsuyoshi Kimoto 
Film Editing by
Stevan Mena 
Production Management
Natalie Arango .... production manager
Sound Department
Ethan Beigel .... dialogue editor
Ethan Beigel .... foley mixer
Matt Gundy .... sound editor
Eric Rolnick .... dialogue editor
Special Effects by
Anthony Pepe .... special effects makeup
Visual Effects by
Jennifer Basnyat .... title designer
Jennifer Basnyat .... visual effects
Camera and Electrical Department
Chris Dixon .... best boy electric
Jamie Morris .... key grip
Marc-Eric Nielsen .... assistant camera
Other crew
Matthew Clifton Olsen .... production assistant
Heath Franklin .... special thanks
Mike Gencarelli .... special thanks

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Rated R for strong violence and some language
USA:90 min | Canada:86 min
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
Sound Mix:
Canada:14A (British Columbia/Ontario) | Canada:13+ (Quebec) | UK:15 | USA:R
Filming Locations:

Did You Know?

Stevan Mena's directorial debut.See more »
Kurt:Do exactly what I say! Otherwise Baby Ruth eats a bullet!See more »
Movie Connections:
Referenced in Making of 'Bereavement' (2011) (V)See more »


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A homage to grindhouse eighties slasher films, 26 April 2005
Author: burstbloom from Canada

First off I have to say that I rented this at Blockbuster thinking it would be a piece of crap. I'm a huge horror buff so I pretty much rent anything genre related, even if it is a turd. Especially if it has Anchor Bay on it. I've seen my share of slasher films so I immediately felt like I was in familiar territory.

The film starts out with a little boy being forced to watch a young lady stabbed repeatedly. Then the film gets into a bank robbery that doesn't turn out and has the criminals fleeing to an old abandoned house. One of the hostages manages to escape and leads them into an abandoned slaughterhouse where a demented serial killer is shacking up.

One thing I noticed about this indie flick that sets it above others is that you can watch it on your plasma screen TV in HD. The sound is great when you blast it on 5.1 and just feel the vibrations from the bass heavy score. It makes you feel very unsettled. The camera work on this is a lot different from most other horror films, more than once I was treated to beautiful scenic lingering shots. You can tell a lot of work went into the sound and atmosphere.

The acting is a little hammy in spots but the cast of unknowns are very believable. I was relieved that the newest twenty something teen/TV star wasn't running around acting scared and spouting catch phrases. The acting is mature and serious. There's no self referential humor that is usually found in horror flicks these days. The whole thing is dead serious and reminded me a lot of another great slasher film I saw recently called Wrong Turn. A solid horror film looking to make you squirm and jump from what you see & hear. That's what I used to love about grindhouse horror films, they didn't try to be hip and make you laugh, they went for the throat. Malevolence is a return to this style of film making. That's not to say there aren't clichés but it blends them into such a provocative cocktail, it is kind of like reliving the good old glory days of horror.

With all the PG-13 teeny bopper nonsense doing so well these days Malevolence is like a breath of fresh air. The slaughterhouse location was creepy as hell and all of the stuff you see in the slaughterhouse was found on location and utilized on the set. This gives it a visceral punch, none of the sets look fake ala the new TCM remake.

The horror in Malevolence exists on a lot of different levels, the characters themselves are not purely "good" or "evil" and it is sometimes hard to feel for some of them. I found myself conflicted over if I was scared for some of them to die or if I wanted to see them gutted like a deer. The characters are anything but cardboard that's for sure.

Easily said that if you like Halloween, the town that dreaded sundown, Just Before Dawn, The Prowler, The Burning or Madman you will definitely love this. I have seen my share of slashers and this is the best of the recent pack. I know the genre has been done to death but there's still a lot of meat on the bones and Steven Mena does a great job of proving this.

For all the real horror fans out there, open your mind and give it a shot. I think you will be pleasantly surprised. My only regret is that I didn't go watch it in the theater when it was playing here in Toronto.

I look forward to the director's next effort.

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