Movie Review: Malevolence (Blu-ray Combo Pack)

Malevolence was written produced and directed by Steven Mena and stars R. Brandon Johnson, Samantha Dark, Heather Magee, Richard Glover and Courtney Bertolone.

Taken from his backyard swing at the age of six, Martin Bristol was forced to witness and participate in the horrific crimes of a deranged madman. For years, Martin’s whereabouts have remained a mystery‚Ķ until four bank robbers, on the run from the law, meet up at an abandoned house to split up the loot. They chose the WRONG house.

This unforgiving slasher throwback starts off in 1989 and introduces Martin Bristol, a young boy who’s taken from his home by a sadistic serial killer. This madman takes Martin back to an abandoned slaughter house that he calls home and forces the innocent child to watch along and ultimately participate in the human butchering. This is also what turns Martin Bristol into a monster. Fast forward ten years later and we meet four friends that decide to rob a bank but the heist doesn’t go as planned for them. One of the members ends up getting shot in the process and passes away.

Whay happens is, the bank robbers get separated from each other and one of them ends up kidnapping a mother and her daughter and takes them to the isolated rendezvous point and this is when a full-grown Martin Bristol begins his killing spree. The mentally deranged Martin goes through just about anyone who crosses his path and takes them out in brutal fashion without showing any kind of remorse. The mother and daughter are able to escape this nightmare with the help of the remaining bank robber who ends up getting mistaken for the vicous killer allowing Martin to escape.

The packaging comes with a slipcover/o-card. The front features the artwork you see at the top of the page and the back includes movie details, some images and list of special features. Each disc features its own individual. Inserting the disc, the menu screen was simple and easy to navigate. The picture and sound quality for the high-definition disc were crisp and clear. The picture and sound quality for the standard-definition disc were really good. I didn’t have any issues with the video and audio.

Bottom line is, I had a blast revisiting Malevolence because it’s an atmospheric indie slasher that came along when nobody else was making these kind of movies. It was the end of the teen slasher craze and beginning of the supernatural / torture porn era so a movie like this that featured a masked killer definitely stood out from the rest. I picked it up on DVD at Walmart back when it first released and was blown away by it. Sure, the mask is kind of a Friday the 13th Part 2 ripoff but it also pays homage to it and other 80’s slashers. Stevan Mena is a hands on filmmaker and pretty much does it all, including the editing and scoring the music that fits just right. Malevolence is unique because it’s actually a smart slasher that has so much more going on than just a masked predator taking out his helpless prey. I thought the cast did a really good job with their characters but at the heart of this brutal slasher is this mysterious killer, Martin Bristol, who’s numbness to the carnage he’s leaving behind is what drives this fan favorite from 2004. Malevolence is getting re-released on Blu-ray and DVD (with Malevolence 2: Bereavement and Malevolence 3: Killer) on October 15th.

Distributor: MVD Entertainment Group and Mena Films

Run Time: 89 Minutes

Rated: R

Blu-ray Video: 1080p High-Definition Widescreen (1.85:1)

Blu-ray Audio: English Dolby Surround 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo

DVD Video: Widescreen (1.85:1)

DVD Audio: English Dolby Surround 5.1 and 2.0 Stereo

Subtitles: English SDH and Spanish

Special Features: The extras include some audio commentary, a behind-the-scenes featurette, cast interviews, trailers, deleted scenes, photo gallery, rehearsal footage, TV and radio spots.

  • Audio Commentary with Director Stevan Mena
  • Back to the Slaughter House (31:27)
  • The Dark Side of Horror (12:12)
  • Leatherface Speaks (05:16)
  • Fundraiser Trailer (01:24)
  • Deleted Scenes (09:59)
  • Photo Gallery (05:23)
  • Rehearsal Footage (01:20)
  • TV and Radio Spots (04:40)
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