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Maléfique (2002)

Not Rated | | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery | 7 May 2003 (France)
Four prisoners find an ancient diary in the wall of their cell which might be the key to getting out.

Director:

Eric Valette

Writers:

Alexandre Charlot (scenario), Franck Magnier (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérald Laroche Gérald Laroche ... Carrère
Philippe Laudenbach ... Lassalle
Clovis Cornillac ... Marcus
Dimitri Rataud Dimitri Rataud ... Pâquerette
Didier Bénureau Didier Bénureau ... Hippolyte Picus
Félicia Massoni Félicia Massoni ... Claire Carrère
Geoffrey Carey Geoffrey Carey ... Charles Danvers
Paul-Alexandre Bardela Paul-Alexandre Bardela ... Hugo Carrère
Boris Lutz Boris Lutz ... Danvers jeune
Nelson Jourdan Nelson Jourdan ... Danvers enfant
César Castagné-Favali César Castagné-Favali ... Danvers bébé
Yves Arnault ... Le Directeur
Benjamin Haddad Benjamin Haddad ... Le Gardien de Prison 1
Thierry Cazal Thierry Cazal ... Le Gardien de Prison 2
Olivier Bouana Olivier Bouana ... Le Gardien de Prison 3
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In a penitentiary, four prisoners occupy a cell: Carrère, who used his company to commit a fraud and was betrayed by his wife; the drag Marcus and his protégée, the intellectually disabled Paquerette, who ate his six months sister; and the intellectual, Lassalle who killed his wife. One night, Carrère finds an ancient journal hidden in a hole in the wall of the cell. They realize that the book was written by Danvers in the beginning of the last century and is about black magic. They decide to read and use its content to escape from the prison, when they find the truth about Danvers' fate. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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During the preproduction, a producer, thinking books were outdated, asked to replace the black magic book found by prisoners by an e-book. See more »

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Maléfique...c'est chique!
12 December 2006 | by CoventrySee all my reviews

Good horror movies from France are quite rare, and it's fairly easy to see why! Whenever a talented young filmmaker releases a staggering new film, he emigrates towards glorious Hollywood immediately after to directed the big-budgeted remake of another great film classic! How can France possibly build up a solid horror reputation when their prodigy-directors leave the country after just one film? "Haute Tension" was a fantastic movie and it earned director Alexandre Aja a (one-way?) ticket to the States to remake "The Hills Have Eyes" (which he did terrifically, I may add). Eric Valette's long-feature debut "Maléfique" was a very promising and engaging horror picture too, and he's already off to the Hollywood as well to direct the remake of Takashi Miike's ghost-story hit "One Missed Call". So there you have it, two very gifted Frenchmen that aren't likely to make any more film in their native country some time soon. "Maléfique" is a simple but efficient chiller that requires some patience due to its slow start, but once the plot properly develops, it offers great atmospheric tension and a handful of marvelous special effects. The film almost entirely takes place in one single location and only introduces four characters. We're inside a ramshackle French prison cell with four occupants. The new arrival is a businessman sentenced to do time for fraud, the elderly and "wise" inmate sadistically killed his wife and then there's a crazy transvestite and a mentally handicapped boy to complete the odd foursome. They find an ancient journal inside the wall of their cell, belonging to a sick murderer in the 1920's who specialized in black magic rites and supernatural ways to escape. The four inmates begin to prepare their own escaping plan using the bizarre formulas of the book, only to realize the occult is something you shouldn't mess with… Eric Valette dedicates oceans of time to the character drawings of the four protagonists, which occasionally results in redundant and tedious sub plots, but his reasons for this all become clear in the gruesome climax when the book suddenly turns out to be some type of Wishmaster-device. "Maléfique" is a dark film, with truckloads of claustrophobic tension and several twisted details about human behavior. Watch it before some wealthy American production company decides to remake it with four handsome teenage actors in the unconvincing roles of hardcore criminals.


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7 May 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

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EUR1,870,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$398,016
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