"BUT SISTERS FEELS THE MOST THEMATICALLY APPROPRIATE TO RECOMMEND", SAYS COLLIDER WRITER
"So you just watched Malignant," begins Gregory Lawrence in an article posted today at Collider. "First, I'm gonna ask you to take some deep breaths and drink a glass of water; I have to imagine that after experiencing James Wan's utterly bonkers dive into some of the wildest horror ideas committed to cinema in recent memory, you're a bit tired out. And now that you're rested and hydrated... it's time for more." Adding that "Malignant is a film that celebrates the horror genre in all its excesses and successes," Lawrence offers up "seven movies to watch after Malignant to keep those adrenaline levels pumping." Presenting them alphabetically (and perceptively including Leigh Whannell's Upgrade on the list), here's what Lawrence has to say about Sisters:
Wan cited Brian De Palma as one of the key influences on Malignant, and it's not hard to see why. The provocative filmmaker has crafted several pieces of entertainment that gleefully mush art and trash together, backflipping off the diving board of respectability into a pool of excess with the craft of an Olympic diver. Many of De Palma's works will give you that Malignant feeling, but his 1972 Sisters feels the most thematically appropriate to recommend. A psychologically driven slasher, the film stars Margot Kidder as a pair of titular sisters, one who is fundamentally decent and trying to get by, and the other who may have some murderous impulses she needs to get out. This violent, perverse, Freudian-on-uppers thriller takes several large turns when we learn the real nature of Kidder's twins, and while even mentioning this in relation to Malignant likely gives you an idea, it's still a particular genre pleasure to see unfold (and an essential piece of horror history to understanding Malignant).
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