Genre: Psychological Thriller, Horror
Highlight: Led by a powerful performance from newcomer Lee Partridge, this suspenseful throwback to 70s psychological horror films takes audiences through a surreal journey of terror and madness.
Survival can be a fate worse than death.
After a serious car accident that took the life of his wife, Keith finds himself confined to a wheelchair and imprisoned in his 4th floor walk-up apartment. Lonely and understandably questioning his faith, Keith is visited by his long time priest counsellor Father Salvo, home health care supervisor Julia, and his best friend Carlos. Keith struggles to decipher reality from his own dreams, delusions, and perception of death as he mourns the loss of his wife and struggles with a severe case of post-traumatic stress disorder.
Born in USA, JORDAN TARATOOT won several awards with his previous short film. He produced and directed quite a few commercials, music videos and trailers. Taratoot’s work is shown on ABC, FOX, MTV. His directing influences include Stanley Kubrick, Quentin Tarantino, and David Lynch. The Malevolent (2016) marks his feature film debut.
Loss, grief and their effect on the mind can be scarier than any carnal threat. Horror is most effective when we’re not sure what lies beyond the darkness; the suspense and anticipation of the scare is more important than the scare itself. The mind is more powerful than we can understand and it becomes the monster that Keith is forced to overcome. My biggest inspirations include films such as The Shining, Don’t Look Now, and The Exorcist.
Writer: C.J. Wells
Executive Producers: Juan Carlos Ollana, Rafael Muñiz, José Magán, Antonio Hens Córdoba
Production Company: Rebel Movies
Casting: Donald Paul Pemrick
Director of Photography: Eric Sherertz
Editor: Jordan Taratoot
Art Director: Kristian Lekov
Costume Design: Djanina Baykoucheva
Composer & Sound Designer: Fede Pajaro
Make-Up: Gergana Batanova
Special Effects Make-Up: Doriana Paneva
Original Title: The Malevolent / ARRI ALEXA / Aspect Ratio: 1:2.39 / Colour / 85 min / Audio 5.1 / English / DCP / Spain, 2016