Everything To Know About 'Malevolent,' Netflix's Newly Released Horror Film

Netflix is stocking up on horror this October, and its recently released film, Malevolent, is the newest addition to the spookiness haunting us this fall.

Joining the ranks of The Haunting of Hill House, which premieres October 12 (here’s everything you need to know about it), and the freshly announced Last Airbender live-action series, this film shows just how much Netflix is doing to stay ahead of the pack.

Florence Pugh (Lady Macbeth, The Falling) and Ben Lloyd-Hughes (Divergent, Me Before You) play a brother and sister duo who pose as ghost hunters to scam people. Believers hire them to rid their homes of entities while they laugh their way to the bank.

Celia Imrie also stars as Mrs. Green, an elderly woman who invites the two to her home, where (to the siblings’ surprise) bad, bad things begin to happen. Watch the trailer below, but beware, there’s quite a bit of gore in this one.

Here’s everything you need to know before you watch Malevolent.

Is Malevolent based on a true story?

No, but it is adapted from a novella by E.M. Blomqvist. The screenplay was written by Ben Ketai and Eva Konstantopoulos. It’s directed by Olaf de Fleur, a director with a relatively humble resume. This seems like his big break.

How does the film begin?

Jackson and Angela are called to Mrs. Green’s house to help rid it of the voices she presumes are spirits. Unfortunately for Mrs. Green, she doesn’t realize (at least at first) that Jackson and Angela are scam artists who take advantage of vulnerable people.

As it turns out, Mrs. Green’s house is actually haunted because it’s an abandoned orphanage. This makes sense for a horror movie, but why did this woman decide to move here? Why?

What is Jackson and Angela’s relationship like?

It’s likely Jackson and Angela will tire of their scam when the haunting gets real, but there’s no word on whether one will turn on the other. You’ll just have to watch to find out.

However, it’s been teased that once Angela and Jackson arrive at Mrs. Green’s house, Angela slowly starts to lose her sense of reality. What will Jackson do to protect his sister?

How are critics rating the film?

The film currently has a 4.9 rating out of 10 on IMDb and is receiving mixed reviews.

Malevolent gets out of the gate preposterously strong,” wrote Den of Geek’s Alec Bojalad, “rides the wave of its own creativity for as long as it possibly can, and then finally falls over at the end, exhausted and spent. It’s an admirable, at times truly scary effort…but an effort is really all that it can offer.”

According to Decider’s Joe Reid, “The best performance in this movie is Celia Imrie, possibly best known for her performance in the Best Exotic Marigold Hotel movies, playing the enigmatic Mrs. Green. Playing the mystery lady in a horror movie of this ilk is always tricky, because by the nature of the film, she doesn’t get a whole lot of screen time. But once she asserts herself in the movie, and sniffs out the siblings’ scam, she’s delicious.”

But really, it’s up to you to decide what you think of the film!

When is the movie released?

Malevolent was released on Friday, October 5 and is available for screening now! Check out what people are saying on Twitter below:

What do you say? Will you be watching? Reactions seem to be varied, so we’ll have to decide for ourselves.

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