New ‘Malignant’ Teaser Shows James Wan Honoring His Roots

Acclaimed filmmaker James Wan wants to expose you to old-fashioned horror with his latest effort.

Malignant–slated to land in theaters and on HBO Max next week, Sept. 10–looks to be an homage to the lesser-known (but still scary) horror flicks of the ’80s and ’90s. And a new clip from the film (seen on this page) will give fans a good idea of Wan’s appreciation for those movies, as reported by

When asked during a recent interview how he would describe his new film, Wan said “it’s the kind of movie–if we were living in the ’80s or early ’90s–we would go to the local video store and go to the back where the horror or science-fiction section would be–the very back shelves.”

And, at that point, he said you would “pick up some movie you would have never heard of, but it would have the coolest poster art on it. Of course,” Wan continued, “I would want to elevate it beyond the sort of exploitation and lurid level of those films and class it up a bit.”

Wan said those back-shelf movies “inspired me the most growing up. Those were the films that really fired my imagination. So, (Malignant) is a tribute to those movies you found in the horror section of your local video store, but doing it at the level that I’ve been making my movies.”

Wan–with an impressive horror background that includes Saw (2004), Insidious (2010) and The Conjuring (2013)–directed Malignant from a screenplay by Akela Cooper, a script that was based on a story idea from Wan, Cooper and Ingrid Bisu.

The R-rated Warner Bros. feature stars Annabelle Wallis, Maddie Hasson, George Young, Jake Abel, Michole Briana White, Jacqueline McKenzie, Ingrid Bisu and McKenna Grace. The movie follows Madison (Wallis), a woman who is “paralyzed by shocking visions of grisly murders, and her torment grows as she discovers that these waking dreams are terrifying realities.”

Keep reading Horror News Network for any additional 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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