Malignant ★★★

the first half or so, i wasn't really feeling because it felt overly flip - really enjoyed the dead alive/braindead style opening scene but the fake NCIS stuff is just mocking the audience. this is probably my least favorite of wan's horror movies other than the original saw, i don't think he actually does insincerity very well. that said, the man simply bears the crosses of modern horror, he resurrected the jumpscare, traded gore for ghosts and here he goes again, tripling down in a truly absurd third just to prove the point that people really do love a twist.