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The makers of Malevolence clearly had a decent film idea in mind, it just wasn't pulled off very well. Malevolence is in part an homage to the amazing stylistic techniques of Carpenter, particularly his film Halloween. However, it seems to be true that none can quite live up to the standard set by the master of creepy suspense horror. There also seem to be elements of Friday the 13th and Texas Chainsaw Massacre mixed in as well. Though a unique idea that attempted to utilize tried-and-true horror elements, the plot and script simply were devoid of entertainment value.
Though there were a couple of genuine scares, mostly due to sound effects and decent camera work (both similar to Halloween), they were few and far between. For the most part, I found this movie to be utterly boring and far too slowly paced to hold my attention. At the viewing I attended, many people simply got up and left.
Being Anchor Bay's first attempt at their own production, one can only hope that things should get better with time. Anchor Bay has a great reputation for putting out excellent DVD releases of other films, but their own productions will definitely need some work. I would suggest saving your money and renting this one instead of purchasing it.
The movie, after starting off slow, was fast paced and quite suspenseful. The movie payed homage to old horror classics such as Texas Chainsaw Massacre (the slaughterhouse), Friday The 13th Part 2 and The Town That Dreaded Sundown (the sack head), A Nightmare On Elm Street (green and red walls in the slaughterhouse), and Sleepaway Camp (bug tape). You can tell that Stevan Mena is a huge fan of the genre classics.
The killer reminded me more of Jason in Friday The 13th part 2 with his mannerisms. He stalked and he hunted like Jason. There are also a few scenes that to me seemed like carbon copies of scenes in Friday The 13th Part 2. The acting, in my opinion, was also dead-on along with the directing.
The movie needed more blood and gore. It needed more killing. The whole bank robbery and 'up to the bank robbery' scenes were just too much. It slowed the movie down alot, and really had no significance to the actual plot.
The movie was unique in alot of ways, but the homage was a bit overdone in a few scenes. It seemed like a friday The 13th Part 2 remake in some of the scenes. I did like that, but when it comes down to it, they left a slight sour taste in my mouth.
This movie was so hyped prior to it's release. By watching trailers and checking the website periodically I was so anxious to see it. It's sad to say that when I did get around to see it that I was severely let down. I am not saying the movie sucked, it did not, but it was way to slow. I find myself trying to watch it and I can't and if I do I bump it up a few chapters to get to the part where the movie starts go speed up.
But, I really liked the killer, and the story behind him. I liked the references to horror classics, and I liked the soundtrack.
There were hints of a sequel, and I would really like to see it. Hopefully they can fix the mistakes they made in this one and improve.
(Brandon Johnson). Marilyn and Max are siblings. Marilyn and Julian are lovers. They four plan to rob a bank and after they do (apparently the budget wasn't big enough to film the robbery) Max is dead and Kurt is heading to the meeting spot, a secluded "deserted" house in the middle of nowhere.
When Max was shot, I was compelled to write a thank-you note to the writer,
because Keith Chambers is one of the worst actors I've ever seen. This man should be shot. Anyway, as Marilyn and Julian stop to bury Max's body. Kurt drives to the house when his tire blows. Kurt (dressed in the same jumpsuit he robbed the bank in and holding two bags of cash...What a dumb a$$) jacks a car that contains a young mother named Samantha (Samantha Dark) and her daughter Courtney (Courtney Bertolone). Why does Samantha have a English accent?Read more ›
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Meh at best. Acting at a bare minimal acceptable level. No real plot or story line. It made me sleepy. Not scary at all.Published 4 months ago by Jennifer Lentz
A very good and decent movie.
It is a nice buy and interesting story.
Will recommend to people to buy.
I love horror movies but this is not one I would even recommend to some one to spend the time to watch..Published on February 18, 2013 by Judy A. Munger
More than anything, this film feels like a companion to the superior prequel, 'Bereavement'. A good first attempt from a promising director! Read morePublished on September 6, 2012 by Dustin J. Isenberg
Malevolence is a horror movie with an old-school feel. It's about a group of bank robbers that end up in a situation with a serial killer after a slightly messed up heist. Read morePublished on June 30, 2012 by Jonathan