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Old 06-16-05, 07:01 AM
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How the hell did MALEVOLENCE get good reviews?

I just watched this movie on DVD and have to say that it is one of the biggest piles of steaming turd that I have seen in awhile. I'm stunned that the DVD talk reviewer gave this low-budget turkey four stars. Half a star is too much.

The movie has a promising first few minutes which made me think I was going to see a really gritty, take-no-prisoners horror/slasher flick. But, after a very dull next half hour, the movie turns into a shameless ripoff of HALLOWEEN, THE TEXAS CHAINSAW MASSACRE, FRIDAY THE 13TH, etc. It even "borrows" the ironic twist end of NIGHT OF THE LIVING DEAD.

The director resorts to one cliche scene after another (A woman looks out a window at the killer lying unconscious on the ground. A few seconds later she looks out the window and -- surprise! -- he's gone!). This is one of those horror flicks where you can tell which characters will survive till the end -- not because they are played by the "name" stars, but because the writer goes to idiotic lengths to "help" these characters escape from one potentially lethal encounter after another.

The lead actors and the dialogue are, for the most part, awful, and the whole thing has an overly clean made-for-TV look to it.

The story is also riddled with one illogical or just plain stupid scene after another. For instance:

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The killer attacks one woman and stabs her about twenty times until she's dead. Later on, he attacks a guy, stabs him once and leaves him lying there. Of course, the guy survives and shows up later to save the life of another woman. Gee, how convenient.

There are a numerous shots of a stone-faced cop driving in his car throughout the film. Gee, I wonder if he's going to somehow show up in the nick of time to save the day?

The movie's surprise twist is that the killer is actually the kid we saw at the beginning of the film, not the guy we saw murdering a woman. Wow! It would take M Night Shymalan two seconds to come up with a more surprising twist. Actually, this film even rips off SIGNS and its "swing away" twist as a little girl uses her baseball skills to knock out the killer with her bat.

Then the movie spends a gawdawful amount of time at the end trying to explain the whole background of the killer in a way that makes the much maligned ending of Hitchcock's PSYCHO seem positively brilliant in comparison. And just when you think you can at least congratulate the filmmaker for not resorting to that most tiresome of cliches -- the dream sequence -- the muthaf'er throws one in at the last second!

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Old 06-16-05, 08:39 AM
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Count me in as another reviewer who really liked Malevolence.
Old 06-16-05, 09:21 AM
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Sure, it's derivative of the 1970s/1980s slashers, but for some reason, I thought it was a descent little movie. I rent tons of direct-to-rental horror movies and this one is definitely better than most and better than the recent "Amityville Horror" and "House of Wax" remakes.
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I thought it was amateurish garbage. How this ended up in theaters, I don't want to know...
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Yep, the movie was a complete disaster. I have no idea how it received such good reviews.

"oh it reminds of Holloween & Chainsaw and the music was a nice touch" give me a damn break. Between the acting, the music, and the lack of any intensity, It was embarrasing to watch this piece of garbage.
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Halloween-hillbilly style

That's what I thought of the movie. I hate this film so much, but I think my hatred stems from the fact that Halloween is my favorite horror movie. There is a thin line between paying homage to a film and ripping a film off and Malevolance, in my opinion, rips Halloween off.
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Originally Posted by Nagheenanajar
Halloween-hillbilly style

That's what I thought of the movie. I hate this film so much, but I think my hatred stems from the fact that Halloween is my favorite horror movie. There is a thin line between paying homage to a film and ripping a film off and Malevolance, in my opinion, rips Halloween off.
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