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A handful of bank robbers on the run stumble upon a danger far worse than the police in this horror opus. Julian (Brandon Johnson) and Marylin (Heather Magee) are a young couple who have fallen deep in debt. Desperate to get back on their feet again, they team up with Marylin's brother Max (Keith Chambers), an ex-con, and his buddy Kurt (Richard Glover) to rob a bank. On the run from the law after the robbery turns into a shoot-out, Kurt impulsively grabs a woman named Samatha (Samatha Dark) and her daughter as hostages, and head out to what they believe is an abandoned farmhouse in a… More

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Rotten Tomatoes Score: 33%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"If ever a movie deserved to go directly to DVD, it's this dreary horror treatment."
‑ David Hiltbrand, Philadelphia Inquirer
"Stevan Mena's debut film carves up body after body in a ritual homage to the serial-killer genre."
‑ Ned Martel, New York Times
"Apesar da trilha de filme barato e dos dez minutos finais de projeção, que escancaram a falta de experiência do diretor-roteirista, o longa é bastante eficiente em seu segundo ato."
‑ Pablo Villaca, Cinema em Cena
"Basically, you begin to tick off all of the standard horror gags as they come. And they all come exactly as expected."
‑ Rich Cline, Shadows on the Wall
"The biggest shock this old-school 35mm slasher entry provides is the fact that it didn't go directly to video."
‑ Steve Newton, Georgia Straight
"Diehard horror fans may want to weigh in. The rest can see it soon at the video store."
‑ John Monaghan, Detroit Free Press
"A low-budget, underseen genre gem that makes up for occasionally stilted dialogue and unpolished acting with a remarkable visual sense and skillful command of building tension."
‑ Dustin Putman,
"Malevolence is the result of a film lover that spent their entire life striving to be the best they can."
‑ Johnny Butane, Dread Central
"Many scenes on their own show some great promise. But Mena can't get his film to work as a whole."
‑ David Cornelius,
"The fanboy approach to filmmaking is always the same: Take a typical slasher-movie premise and copy all the things that impressed you when you were on the verge of puberty."
‑ Ken Hanke, Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)
"The acting and dialogue is as silly as the potato sack the killer wears on his head."
‑ Robert Dominguez, New York Daily News
"retraces killing grounds so old and familiar that at times it seems little more than a fan boy's compendium of favourite moments from the last half century's worth of slash-and-dash mayhem."
‑ Anton Bitel, Eye for Film
"...certain sections of Malevolence are far more engaging than others, with most of the second act a complete write-off."
‑ David Nusair, Reel Film Reviews
"For a presumably heartfelt homage, Malevolence is surprisingly low-key and almost lethargic."
‑ Staci Layne Wilson,
"There's much more left to the imagination than spelled out with digital artifice."
‑ Prairie Miller, Long Island Press
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