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Malevolent (2018)

TV-MA | | Horror | 5 October 2018 (USA)
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A team of scam artists get more than they bargained for when a job at a haunted county estate gets out of hand.

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Olaf de Fleur Johannesson (as Olaf De Fleur)

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Ben Ketai (screenplay by), Eva Konstantopoulos (screenplay by) | 1 more credit »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Florence Pugh ... Angela
Ben Lloyd-Hughes ... Jackson
Scott Chambers ... Elliot
Georgina Bevan ... Beth
Stephen McCole ... Frank
Daisy Mathewson Daisy Mathewson ... Susie
Charlotte Allen Charlotte Allen ... Maddy
Nicola Grier ... Christine
Celia Imrie ... Mrs. Green
Shelley Conn ... Professor Samantha Harlow
Daniel Campbell ... Bloody Student
James Cosmo ... Grandpa
William Leslie William Leslie ... Craig's Henchman
Ian Lorimer Milne ... Craig (as Ian Milne)
Charles Barrett Charles Barrett ... Victor
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Siblings Jackson and Angela run a profitable ghostbusting racket; swindling the bereaved with fake detection equipment and Angela's paranormal 'visions'. Hired to investigate a haunted old foster home, the team uncover its terrifying past: young girls brutally slaughtered, mouths stitched shut; silenced by a sadistic killer. And Angela's on the edge - sleepless, strung out and losing her mind, no longer certain what's actually real; convinced she hears the girls crying out to her from the darkness... But supernatural terrors are the least of their problems when they discover the very real evil lurking in the isolated house. Written by Sigma Films

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A group of fake paranormal investigators suffer the ultimate reality check when confronted by the true horrors that lie hidden within a haunted orphanage.

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Country:

UK

Language:

English

Release Date:

5 October 2018 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Filming Locations:

Scotland, UK

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2.35 : 1
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Filmed at Hunterston House in Ayrshire and a basement at Film City in Glasgow. See more »

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Angela / Jackson / Elliot / Beth greet each other in various parts of the film with 'Hey' which was not common practice until the 1990's - At that time in Britain the informal (common) way of greeting friends was 'Alright' or 'Hi' See more »

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Title Card: None of the dead come back. But some stay. -Saint John the Divine
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Performed by Freeez
Written by Arthur Baker and John Robie
Produced by Arthur Baker
Remixed by Jellybean Benítez
Publishers: Downtown DMP Songs (BMI)/Shakin Baker Music Inc (BMI)/Indulgent Music (BMI)
Courtesy of Beggars Banquet Records Ltd.
By arrangement with Beggars Group Media
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Decent horror flick, hampered by tepid pacing, buoyed by Florence Pugh.
6 October 2018 | by msghallSee all my reviews

There were moments during this horror flick where I was fully engaged but then found myself struggling to keep interested. The pace is uneven and the dialog stiff and unnatural. A big part of the problem is actor Ben Lloyd-Hughes. Perhaps it's the fault of the filmmakers for making this Brit actor an American caritcature, cartoonish in his immorality, bullying with denim shirt sleeves rolled up like a 50's Kerouac character, but most of the fault likes with the actor himself. Lloyd-Hughes prefers bludgeoning the viewer instead of giving us muted shades. On the other hand, Florence Pugh is a revelation. Whereas Lloyd-Hughes's portrayal lacks subtlety, Pugh is all nuance. Silent through much of the movie, the director lets Pugh's face tell the story. She has a way of barely moving her facial muscles to convey a great deal. At one point early on, a friend asks a newly-haunted Angela if "she's on something." Her reaction perfectly captures that look narcotic drugs can bring to a person; it leaves the viewer with no doubt to her changing state of mind. A wonderful moment. As for the film itself, it avoids many of the genre's repetitious gimmicks, relying on our imagination to fill in the blanks. For that alone, and Pugh's remarkable performance, I enjoyed "Malevolent," despite the lagging moments, weak dialog and Ben Lloyd-Hughes.


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