Malignant ★★★½

After the dime-a-dozen movies that he produced for the "Conjuring Universe", James Wan returns to direct a horror film not only to remind us what he's made of but also to show the masses of talentless directors out there that it actually is possible to make a personal film without leaving the mainstream. Here the director takes his ultra-saturated and excessively stylish directing to the extreme without ever turning it into a negative, all while playing with the clichés of the genre. There isn't any forced originality on the narrative level, but more focus on form and style instead. He revisits the thriller-horror genre of the 70s-80s (especially Dario Argento) while avoiding banal homage - thank God!

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