Malignant is a 2021 American horror film directed by James Wan from a screenplay by Akela Cooper, based on an original story by Wan, Ingrid Bisu, and Cooper. The film stars Annabelle Wallis as a woman who begins to have visions of people getting murdered, only to realize the events are happening in real life. Maddie Hasson, George Young, Michole Briana White, and Jacqueline McKenzie also star./em>
Malignant was theatrically released in the United States on September 10, 2021, by Warner Bros. Pictures under the New Line Cinema banner; it will also stream on HBO Max for one month. The film received mixed reviews from critics, who found it “either painfully average or bloodily brilliant.
In 1993, Dr. Florence Weaver and her colleagues Victor Fields and John Gregory are treating a psychiatric patient named Gabriel at Simion Research Hospital. Gabriel has special powers like controlling electricity and broadcasting his thoughts via speakers. One night, Gabriel turns violent and kills several staff members of the institution.
Twenty-eight years later, a pregnant woman, Madison Lake, is living in Seattle after enduring two years of miscarriages which has strained her marriage to her husband Derek Mitchell. During an argument, Derek smashes Madison’s head against a wall after which she locks herself in the bedroom and falls asleep. Madison later wakes up to find Derek’s body after having a dream of a man entering their house and violently killing him. The killer, still being in the house, attacks Madison, rendering her unconscious.