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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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[first lines]
Title Card: None of the dead come back. But some stay. -Saint John the Divine
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Little Blue Man
Performed by Betty Johnson
Written by Fred Ebb (as Fred Edd) and Paul Klein
Used by kind permission of Carlin Music Corp.
Licensed courtesy of Warner Music UK Ltd
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A rather good watch, despite its obvious flaws.
10 October 2018 | by Sleepin_DragonSee all my reviews

I really looked forward to Malevolent, particularly when I read the outline and saw that both Celia Imrie and James Cosmo were in it.

The script is a really good one, the plot is clever, and is probably the film's biggest asset, the performances are good, and at least the film manages to surprise you, as you watch it, you think you know exactly the direction the film is moving in, you quickly discover you were wrong.

It is definitely flawed, at times it seems not to make sense, almost as if scenes were cut, but it hangs together well, and after a pretty tame start it transforms into a much grittier, darker film.

Fine performances, Ben Lloyd-Hughes and Florence Pugh were particularly good I thought, Celia Imrie is excellent as always, a great chance to witness just how wonderfully talented and versatile an actress she is, what a difference to her character in Acorn Antiques.

It never looks high budget, but it's an enjoyable watch, 7/10.


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