Malignant (2021 film)
Malignant is a 2021 American horror film Dakela Cooper wrote the screenplay, which was directed by James Wan and based on an original story by Wan, Ingrid Bisu, and Cooper. Annabelle Wallis plays a woman who starts seeing visions of people being murdered, only to find out that the events are truly happening.
Malignant was released in theaters on September 10, 2021, by Warner Bros. Pictures under the New Line Cinema banner in the United States; it will also be available for one month on HBO Max. Critics gave the film mixed reviews, calling it “either painfully ordinary or bloodily spectacular.”
Malignant Release Date
Malignant was released in theaters in France on September 1, 2021, and in the United States on September 10, 2021, under the Warner Bros. banner.
It was supposed to be launched on August 14, 2020,, however owing to the COVID-19 epidemic, it was postponed. In March 2020, the picture was pulled from the release schedule. Warner Bros. will also stream Malignant simultaneously on the HBO Max service for a month as part of its plans for all of its 2021 films, after which the film will be removed until the standard home media release timetable period.
At Simion Research Hospital in 1993, Dr. Florence Weaver and her colleagues Victor Fields and John Gregory treat psychiatric patient Gabriel. Gabriel possesses unique abilities such as the ability to control electricity and the ability to broadcast his thoughts through speakers. Gabriel becomes enraged one night and murders many members of the institution’s personnel.
Madison Lake, a pregnant lady living in Seattle, goes home to her husband, Derek Mitchell, twenty-seven years later after her pregnancy makes her ill at work. Derek smacks Madison’s skull against a wall after an altercation, after which she locks herself in her bedroom and falls asleep. Madison subsequently finds Derek’s body after having a dream about a guy breaking into their house and killing him viciously. Madison is attacked by the killer, who is still in the house and is knocked out.
Shaw and Moss discover a photo of Madison as a child in Weaver’s house during their inquiry and learn that Weaver specialized in child reconstructive surgery. Madison and her sister go to the cops after Madison sees the killer murdering Dr. Fields in another vision. Madison is contacted by the killer, who reveals himself to be Gabriel, Madison’s imaginary friend from childhood. She and her sister pay a visit to Jeanne, their mother, to learn more. Madison realizes that Gabriel wasn’t an imagined buddy, but a real person with whom she had conversations as a child. Shaw discovers a link between the doctors and Madison, leading him to Dr. Gregory’s death.
Gabriel gains full control of Madison’s body after being provoked by fellow convicts in the lockup, slaughters them and almost the entire precinct with superhuman strength and agility, and then flees with his clothing and weapon. He is apprehended by Sydney and Shaw at the hospital where Serena is being treated. Gabriel stabs Shaw, and a hurled hospital bed pins Sydney against the wall.
Because he was feeding off her fetuses, Sydney convinces Madison that Gabriel is the reason for her miscarriages. Madison wakes up, enraged by the revelation, and reclaims control of her body. Madison transports both of them to a black mindscape and puts a skeptical Gabriel behind bars, claiming that she is now in charge and that Gabriel’s abilities are now hers.
As Madison walks away from Gabriel in the mindscape, he assures her that he will return one day. Madison responds that she’ll be ready when he arrives and exits the mindscape. Madison, now in full control of her body, lifts the hospital bed and uses her newly discovered strength to pin Sydney to the wall.
Madison says that, despite the fact that she was adopted and is not related by blood, she has always been her sister and is proud of it. Serena smiles as the two embraces, and the electric humming that accompanied Gabriel’s strikes can be dimly heard.
- Annabelle Wallis as Emily May / Madison “Maddie” Lake-Mitchell
- Mckenna Grace as young Emily May
- Maddie Hasson as Sydney Lake
- George Young as Det. Kekoa Shaw
- Michole Briana White as Det. Regina Moss
- Marina Mazepa as Gabriel
- Ray Chase as the voice of Gabriel
- Jean Louisa Kelly as Serena May / “Jane Doe”
- Madison Wolfe as young Serena May
- Susanna Thompson as Jeanne Lake
- Jake Abel as Derek Mitchell
- Jacqueline McKenzie as Dr. Florence Weaver
- Christian Clemenson as Dr. Victor Fields
- Amir AboulEla as Dr. John Gregory
- Ingrid Bisu as Winnie
- Andy Bean as Frank Lake
- Patricia Velásquez as Nurse Velasquez
- Zoë Bell as Scorpion
Directed by James Wan
Screenplay by Akela Cooper
Michole Briana White
Cinematography Michael Burgess
Edited by Kirk Morri
Music by Joseph Bishara
New Line Cinema
Starlight Media Inc.
My Entertainment Inc.
Atomic Monster Productions
Distributed by Warner Bros. Pictures
September 10, 2021 (United States)
Country United States
Budget $40 million
Box office $16.4 million