1 Scene In Malignant Has Horror Fans In Shock

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itemprop=”headline name”>1 Scene In Malignant Has Horror Fans In Shock

Nahila Bonfiglio

Sep 14, 2021 9:20 am2021-09-14T09:30:45-05:00


Malignant, James Wan’s game-changing horror film, is causing quite the stir among genre fans.

Since the film hit theaters, viewers have been mired in conversation about the film’s stunning third act. Conversations about the jail scene, in particular, are taking over social media, with numerous horror fans chiming in with commentary, takeaways, and plenty of memes.

In case it wasn’t clear already, consider this your official spoiler alert for the film’s big twist, and major climactic scenes. 

The general premise of Malignant seems like classic horror. Madison, a quiet woman, begins to experience horrifying visions. Gradually, she comes to realize that these dreams are actually real, as multiple imaginations of grisly murders eventually turn out to be real. This leads Madison, who gradually works toward discovering the murderer’s identity, to attempt a collaboration with the police to track down the killer. 

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While Madison sits in a jail cell in the film’s third act, everything finally comes to a head. It is revealed that Gabriel, the violent killer, is actually Madison’s parasitic twin. Wan takes some liberties with this legitimate medical phenomenon, allowing Gabriel to maintain a (murderous) personality and act autonomously using Madison’s body. Due to his original position on Madison’s back, however, Gabriel operates her body backward, which makes for a genuinely strange—and sometimes hilarious—movie villain.

The humor and horror of this reveal is perfectly encapsulated in the prison scene. After attempting to work with the authorities, Madison finds herself in an all-female lock up. Antagonized by some of her cellmates, Gabriel awakens and proceeds to go on a rampage that will go down in horror movie history. 

This scene is the standout moment from the film among viewers, many of whom have taken to social media to share their amusement, surprise, and utter bafflement at the film’s big twist. Numerous fans proclaimed that “the jail cell scene in Malignant absolutely rips,” while others were too stunned to classify the scene as anything more than “wild asf.” 

The jail cell scene in Malignant absolutely rips

— Wicked Gage: Realm of the 🎃 (@graveyardgage) September 14, 2021

The jail cell fight scene in Malignant was the best birthday gift of all.

— ⛧ ᎶᏒᏋᎩ ⛧ (@wildwildzombie) September 12, 2021

Reaction memes primarily focused on the overwhelming stupefaction many viewers felt as the scene unfolded. 

Me watching the jail cell scene in #Malignant pic.twitter.com/rejrKH7r5l

— Scott (@ellis2s) September 13, 2021

Me during this jail cell scene in Malignant pic.twitter.com/0HEdvcNzOI

— Emily Lathrop, PhD (@ERLathrop) September 11, 2021

Other viewers, who couldn’t help but find the scene accidentally hilarious, poked fun at the reaction of Madison’s fellow inmates. 

Everyone in the jail cell in #Malignant: pic.twitter.com/dA9co7peiz

— Colin W (@CWiebrecht) September 12, 2021

the jail scene in malignant is worth the time alone pic.twitter.com/X3gTcB3Zz9

— NOLFWACHT (@itsroddyv) September 12, 2021

Horror fans are victoriously proclaiming the scene—and ultimately the film itself—to be “legendary.”

That jail cell scene elevates this to legendary status.

— Mike Fly (@mfly1971) September 11, 2021

Another fan dubbed it the “strangest but most enjoyable horror film I’ve seen in a very long time.”

Gabriel is Voldemort and John Wick in that jail fight scene holy shit what the hell did I just watch 😂#Malignant is the strangest but most enjoyable horror film I’ve seen in a very long time.

— Chris Montes (@chrismont3s) September 11, 2021

The breakout popularity of the jail cell scene may not have been intentional, but it is certainly doing good for Malignant. Conversations online are dominated by the unexpected moment, spurring far more interest in the film than it may have gotten without it. Now pardon me while I go watch the entire film again, just to watch Gabriel tear his way through that jail cell.

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