Malevolent (2018)

  • Director: Olaf de FleurMalevolent
  • Writer: Ben Ketai, Eva Konstantopoulos
  • Main Cast: Florence Pugh, Ben Lloyd-Hughes, Celia Imrie

‘I just want a quiet house’

A brother and sister con team, with a dark past, pretend to rid homes of unwanted spirits using the sister Angela’s faked ‘gift’. As Angela begins to wonder whether there may be more to her pretence than even she originally believed, the team receive a call to a haunting with a gruesome and tragic backstory, which proves to be far more than they bargained for.

Fake paranormal investigators getting caught in a real haunting is not new territory, but this story does evolve in quite an interesting direction. There’s a few solid jump scares, but I found the development of the plot was rather predictable.

I do love Celia Imrie as an actress, and to see her in such a different kind of role was definitely the highlight of this film. She was brilliant! To be honest, I think she is the only thing that will stand out when I reflect on this film in the longer term.

The film showed promise and was well executed, but not overly inventive. Sadly I don’t think I’ll remember much about it after a week or so. It is still certainly worth a watch, but you may well feel like you’ve seen it all before.

View the trailer here

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