“‘Malignant’ Explained: What Horror Gets Wrong About Imaginary Friends”

I didn’t quite expect to hear a developmental psychologist validate the evil imaginary friend trope in horror, but I also didn’t quite expect to hear virtually nothing but positivity about the dynamics and psychological benefits of imaginary friendship. At least now we know and the question has been answered for good.

Also: At least I got a chance to put some words down about Malignant. Someday I may write a thousand or so words about how the movie functions as parody of a certain type of 2000s-era horror, but for now I’m quite happy James Wan decided he’d spend his DCEU allowance making one of the most batshit crazy horror movies I’ve seen in the last few years. It’s no Daniel Isn’t Real, but then: What is? 

You can read the full piece over at Inverse.


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