Starring: Annabelle Wallis, Maddie Hasson, George Young, Michole Briana White, Jacqueline McKenzie, Jake Abel, Ingrid Bisu, Mckenna Grace
OUR RATING: ★★★½
Horror thriller directed by James Wan. Malignant (2021) follows Madison, who is is paralyzed by shocking visions of grisly murders, and her torment worsens as she discovers that these waking dreams are in fact terrifying realities.
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Dr. Florence Weaver: [old journal footage] So, it’s becoming more apparent that not only is Gabriel getting stronger, he’s becoming more malicious. If his strength and ability continue to grow at this rate, we will no longer be able to contain him.
Dr. Florence Weaver: You’ve been a bad, bad boy, Gabriel.
Gabriel: [through the radio] I will kill you all.
Dr. Florence Weaver: Oh, my God.
Dr. Victor Fields: He speaks. He’s broadcasting his thoughts.
Dr. Florence Weaver: I thought we could help him, but I was wrong. It’s time we cut out the cancer.
CST Winnie: [referring to Derek’s murder] I’ve never seen anything quite like it. Maybe from a vehicular accident, but not this. This is something special.
Madison Mitchell: I was so scared. Scared for my baby. Where is she? Where is she, Syd? Where is she?
Sydney Lake: I’m so sorry, Maddy. They couldn’t save her.
Regina Moss: [referring to Derek’s murder] No fingerprints, but all the hand patterns are upside down. Like our perp was hanging from the ceiling.
Kekoa Shaw: That line up with anything from forensics?
Regina Moss: No footprints on the ceiling, if that’s what you mean.
Regina Moss: No forced entry. An abusive husband. Motive.
Madison Mitchell: There’s nobody there. There’s no one there. It’s all in my head. It’s all in my head. There’s no one there. It’s all in my head.
Madison Mitchell: [referring to the crack in the wall] Derek did that. He smashed my head against the wall.
Sydney Lake: What? I’m so sorry, Maddy. Nobody deserves to die that way, but seriously, f*** him. You deserve so much better.
Madison Mitchell: I thought about it a lot, about leaving him. By the time I got the courage, I got pregnant. Now, if only I’d been able to have a baby.
Sydney Lake: Don’t do that. This is not your fault.
Madison Mitchell: That’s not what I’m saying. I wanted to know what it felt like to have a blood connection with someone. A biological connection.
Sydney Lake: Maddy, what are you talking about?
Madison Mitchell: Mom and dad took me in when I was eight. I don’t remember anything before that. Mom told me that my biological mother died during my birth. Sydney, I’m adopted.
Gabriel: [through the radio] I can’t tell you how long I’ve waited for this. But not yet. First, Dr. Weaver.
Gabriel: Time to cut out the cancer.
Dr. Florence Weaver: Oh, God. No. It’s not possible.
Dr. Florence Weaver: What do you want from me?
Gabriel: To show you what the cancer has become!
CST Winnie: He killed her with one of her trophies. We just got the base. The top half is missing.
Kekoa Shaw: The brutality seems consistent with our other corpse. Same guy?
CST Winnie: That would be my bet.
Kekoa Shaw: We need to find that missing half.
CST Winnie: Yeah, don’t we all.
Sydney Lake: [referring to Weaver] Did you know her?
Madison Mitchell: No. No. But I saw her die. I don’t know how. I was doing laundry, and I saw him killing her. It was him. It was him.
Sydney Lake: Him? Him, like the guy that attacked you?
Madison Mitchell: Yes.
Madison Mitchell: I saw him murdering her in her house. And it was like I was there, and here at the same time. What is happening to me, Syd?
Madison Mitchell: I wasn’t dreaming. I saw him. I saw him. He killed again, but this time I saw his face. I saw his face.
Madison Mitchell: Somehow I’m seeing his murders, like he’s showing them to me.
Regina Moss: What do you mean? He’s sending you videos?
Madison Mitchell: No, goddamn it! I see them as they’re happening. Like I’m having visions. I know how that sounds.
Sydney Lake: Okay, maybe, when the killer attacked Madison, they formed like some kind of, like a psychic bond. I mean, you guys consult psychics for like missing persons cases, right?
Regina Moss: No, we don’t.
Sydney Lake: I played a psychic in an episode of a cop show, and they said it’s a real thing.
Regina Moss: Are we really having this conversation?
Sydney Lake: Listen, Madison saw Dr. Weaver die as it happened, and now she says she’s seen this one. So let’s go look. If she’s wrong, you can have her committed, and you can put the cuffs on me.
Kekoa Shaw: What?
Regina Moss: I see you.
Kekoa Shaw: What? They gave us a lead.
Regina Moss: Cute little actress throw you a ball, and you gone chasing like a dog.
Kekoa Shaw: What was that?
Regina Moss: Nothing.
Gabriel: [over phone] Hello, Emily.
Madison Mitchell: My name is Madison.
Gabriel: Your fake mother gave you the name Madison. Your s**tty marriage gave you the name Mitchell. But you’ll always be Emily to me.
Madison Mitchell: Who are you?
Gabriel: You know who I am. Even if they say I’m only in your head.
Madison Mitchell: I don’t know what you’re talking about.
Gabriel: You let them tell you I wasn’t real, that I was just a voice. And you believed them. Now, I’m going to make them pay for what they did. One by one.
Madison Mitchell: Gabriel, no!
Gabriel: See? Deep down, you’ve always known.
Madison Mitchell: Please stop. Please.
Gabriel: Oh, we are just getting started.
Madison Mitchell: His name is Gabriel. I don’t know how I knew, but talking to him, I just did. He’s someone from my past. From before I could remember.
Madison Mitchell: Mom, I need you to remember. During the adoption, did they say if I had a brother, or anything?
Jeanne: No. The only thing they would say is if there were siblings, they try to place them in the same family.
Madison Mitchell: Then who the hell is Gabriel?
Sydney Lake: Mom? Mom, what do you know?
Jeanne: [Madison’s watching an old footage of her birthday] Maddy, who are you talking to?
Young Madison: No one.
Frank: Maddy? Maddy, what did we say about lying?
Young Madison: I wasn’t.
Jeanne: Well, then who were you talking to?
Young Madison: Gabriel.
Jeanne: Is he your imaginary friend?
Young Madison: Gabriel isn’t made up. He says that you are. He says you’re not my real family.
Jeanne: Some of the conversations you had with Gabriel just chilled us to the bone.
Madison Mitchell: Wait, so Gabriel was something that I made up?
Jeanne: Whatever you went through before you joined our family, it hurt you in a way that I can’t even imagine. I always figured you created Gabriel so that you could survive that. We thought if we gave you enough love, you wouldn’t need him anymore. I hope we weren’t wrong.