James Wan is a director who forged his reputation in horror movies. We owe him the Saw franchise, Insidious and recently The Conjuring. What is also true is that it has been expanding in recent years in other directions. He directed Aquaman – 73% and will also do the same for the sequel.
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The reality is that since 2016 he had not directed a horror movie. The last one he did of that genre was The Conjuring 2 and in 2018 he directed the one of the aquatic hero of DC. Wan he’s been very busy producing tapes in all that time. The thing is, this year he returned to his preferred genre with Maligno – 67% (Evil), which premiered both in theaters and on HBO Max.
Not long ago, the director talked about the horror movies that influenced his film. The main one is Eyes of laura mars because it belongs to the same subgenre within terror; that of people who have visions of murder. That was said in an interview for TotalFilm:
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I felt that it would be interesting to do something under the radar, something that was not based on anything, an original story. Keep it a secret as much as possible and make it a lot of fun. The goal was to go back to my roots in independent horror cinema, but at the same time do something that I had never done before. It’s my style on that particular eighties narrative trope where a victim begins to see through the vision of a murderer. There was a period where there were a lot of movies like that, and I’m a huge fan of that particular sub-genre. Tapes like The Eyes of Laura Mars. I wanted to make my own version, mixed with my love for [Brian] From Palma and [Dario] Argento and [Mario] Bava.
Now the director has cited an influence outside of the genre that is going to surprise everyone. I mean Frozen. Yes, they are reading well. The director compared to Malignant with the fantasy movie Frozen: A Frozen Adventure – 89%. That was said at a press event attended by Comic Book. His words were literally:
“[Malignant es la] horror version of Frozen “
Fortunately, he did not limit himself to saying that statement, but explained in detail why they consider that there are similarities between both films. Of course, your explanation is full of spoilers for that tape, so if you haven’t seen it and plan to, you better stop reading. I wait for you. They already finished? Well. Here is what he had to say about a sister relationship, which is the core element of the film:
Well, it felt like it was the most natural thing to do, taking into account the theme of the film, taking into account the object of study of the film. Here you have the story about Madison with her own blood relationship, her own blood sister, who has Gabriel, who turns out to be a horrible person. But his adoptive sister, with whom he in no way has a blood relationship, is actually the one with whom he has a greater connection. It is the one that is most loving. And it felt like it was a really cool story to watch from that perspective.
In other words, what unites the two films is having sisterly love as a core element of the film’s plot, and, apparently, that it has been put to the test by a character who actually turns out to be someone horrible, as was the case with Prince Hans in that tape. Let’s hope that in the next few weeks he will reveal to us which Disney movies inspired his other horror films. In one of those the similarities between the appearance of Annabelle and Anna from Frozen they are not a mere coincidence.
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