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Malevolence (2003)

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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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Stevan Mena

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
R. Brandon Johnson ... Julian (as Brandon Johnson)
Samantha Dark Samantha Dark ... Samantha Harrison
Heather Magee Heather Magee ... Marylin
Richard Glover ... Kurt
Courtney Bertolone Courtney Bertolone ... Courtney Harrison
John Richard Ingram John Richard Ingram ... Sheriff Riley
Keith Chambers ... Max
Kevin McKelvey ... Special Agent William Perkins
Lenn Gross Lenn Gross ... FBI Agent Daley
Pamela Marie Guida Pamela Marie Guida ... Sally
Mia Lotringer Mia Lotringer ... Girl in Basement
Stevan Mena ... Officer at Roadblock
Jay Cohen Jay Cohen ... 17-Year-Old Martin Bristol
David K. Guida II David K. Guida II ... Six-Year-Old Martin Bristol
Mark Dobil Mark Dobil ... FBI Agent Parker
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Storyline

Created as the middle section of a three-part trilogy, 'Malevolence' is the tragic story of a group of bank robbers on the run from the law. They hide out in an abandoned house on the outskirts of town, unaware it is next door to the home of a family of serial killers. One of their hostages escapes and runs for help, but all hell breaks loose when she runs to the "wrong" house. Written by Anchor Bay

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Rated R for strong violence and some language | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

15 April 2005 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Mal e Violência See more »

Filming Locations:

Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA See more »

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Budget:

$200,000 (estimated)
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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

Stevan Mena announced following the film's release that this was actually the middle film in a planned trilogy. The preceding chapter was eventually told in Bereavement (2010), but as of 2012, the third and final part has yet to be officially announced. See more »

Quotes

Marylin: I'm not spending the rest of my life scratching off lottery tickets hoping for a miracle.
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Referenced in Making of 'Bereavement' (2011) See more »

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More frustrating than entertaining
22 April 2005 | by Bel_EbihSee all my reviews

I've been wanting to check this out since learning that it won Best Feature at the 2003 NYC Horror Film Festival. Now after watching it I'm guessing every other film it was competing against must've REALLY sucked.

Malevolence is in no way a bad film, yet it's just not that good either. The concept of mixing a robbery-gone-wrong story with a slasher film is pretty original, but this only makes it's heavy use of slasher clichés drag it down into mediocrity. What would be perfectly acceptable idiotic behavior from stupid teenagers in a fun slasher film, becomes unbearably frustrating because one would expect more from the unconventional characters portrayed here.

As the film stumbles forward through all the usual "scares" of the genre, I only became more and more frustrated by how a good idea is just thrown out the window in order to fall back on things that have been done to death (and much better) 25 years ago. All this is topped off by a soundtrack that was obviously intended to be "old-school" yet comes off as just really annoying and repetitive.

Still, as far as low-budget indie horror flicks go, Malevolence is decently shot, and while it does bring in a new mix to the formula, it immediately waters it down by simply not doing anything worth-while with it.


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