‘Malignant’ From James Wan Will Be A “Hard-R Thriller”

Acclaimed filmmaker James Wan is getting back to his roots–good, old-fashioned horror–with Malignant.

The storyline of the Warner Bros. film–slated for a theatrical release later this year–has been closely guarded at this point, but horror fans can be sure of one thing: It will be chock full of blood ‘n guts.

Malignant, as reported this week by comicbook.com, received an R rating from the Motion Picture Association for its “strong horror violence and gruesome images”–not to mention its strong language.

That rating fits nicely with what Wan said about his new film. During an interview, he said he was “super excited to go back to my indie roots with this hard-R thriller. An original horror idea with old-school, practical effects and no giant, blue screen sets.”

Malignant–directed and co-written by Wan along with star Ingrid Bisu–is produced by Wan’s Atomic Monster Productions. The film–pushed back from its original Aug. 14, 2020 premiere by the COVID-19 crisis–also stars Annabelle Wallis, Maddie Hasson, George Young, Jake Abel, Michole Briana White, Jacqueline McKenzie and McKenna Grace.

Wallis was very excited about her part in this new movie. “I think we have something very special,” she said. “I think it’s genre-bending. I think it’s so brave and original. I just haven’t read anything like it.”

Wan, as fans know, started his rise to cinematic stardom with Saw in 2004, and followed that up with his Insidious films (2010 and 2013), The Conjuring (2013 and 2016) and Aquaman (2018).

Keep reading Horror News Network for all future updates on Malignant.

Thomas Tuna
Thomas A. Tuna is a comic book veteran who began his writing career back in the ’70s with Charlton Comics, contributing to such horror titles as Ghost Manor, Haunted, The Many Ghosts of Dr. Graves and Ghostly Haunts. Most recently, he has served as a writer and editor (with more than a smattering of horror yarns) for such comic book websites as Hyper Epics and Red Moon Features. Some of his favorite horror flicks include Jaws, Salem’s Lot, Dracula (with Frank Langella) and Blade. His favorite horror comic books? Tomb of Dracula (by Marv Wolfman and Gene Colan) and Swamp Thing (by Len Wein and Berni Wrightson).

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