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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.


Eric Valette


Alexandre Charlot (scenario), Franck Magnier (scenario) | 1 more credit »
2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »




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


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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The movie's tagline means "Are you going to get out alive?". See more »


Referenced in Viande d'origine française (2009) See more »

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France - the new horror-country
23 June 2004 | by daediaSee all my reviews

First of all - I hate french movies. I dunno why, but I simply can't stand them it seems. I didn't like "Brotherhood of wolves", I was bored by "Delicatessen", I slept through "Taxi". So one can say that watching "Malefique" was a big step for me - especially because it was praised high by people who liked all the mentioned movies.

But I have to admit, this time they where absolutely right. "Malefique" has a very gripping atmosphere and grabs the viewer from the first second. The characters are believable (but not likable), the setting is really claustrophobic and the story has enough twists and turns to keep even the most cynical horror fan guessing what's coming up next.

There's even enough splatter to keep the gore hounds awake and - absent from a surprise ending that's not exactly surprising - the movie is mostly original and doesn't copy anything you've ever seen before. Also very interesting is that - even if the whole movie plays in a prison - you won't get the usual clichés.

So with "Malefique" and "Haute Tension" (wich also is great but in a totally different way) it seems that french horror is again something to keep your eyes on.

Great Movie 8 out of 10

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Release Date:

7 May 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A mágikus könyv See more »


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Dolby SR



Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
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