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By Andrew Barker

Marking his return to horror after a detour into family-friendly blockbuster filmmaking with “Aquaman,” James Wan’s “Malignant” certainly proves that the director-producer still knows how to get down and dirty in the genre where he made his name. Although in a way he’s still operating in studio franchise mode, as “Malignant” might well be thought of as the most demented “Frozen” remake imaginable.

Like “Frozen,” “Malignant” centers on two sisters, one of them bubbly and optimistic, the other haunted and possibly possessed with supernatural powers. The similarities don’t necessarily end there, either – although the sisters’ hair color has been switched –  but to reveal too much more would be to ruin the film’s most essential quality: its willingness to steadily and purposefully descend to the lowest levels of delirious lunacy, and then keep going further still. Working from a script by Akela Cooper, Wan tosses elements of everything from classic ’70s gialli to ’80s soap operas, late-’90s action blockbusters, buddy cop comedies and psychological thrillers into a big, messy pressure cooker, and ends up with a film that’s like nothing else on his resume. It’s hard to say whether a film this bonkers “works” or not, but it’s impossible not to admire both the craft and the extravagant bad taste behind its go-for-broke energy.

After a prologue set in a nightmarish medical facility, the film introduces us to Madison (Annabelle Wallis), a buttoned-down Seattle woman still working a tiring day job well into her pregnancy. She’s had several miscarriages already, for which her abusive alcoholic husband (Jake Abel) clearly blames her, and one night he brutally slams her head into a wall after an argument. Later, Madison awakes from a violent dream to find her husband’s mangled body in the kitchen, and is then attacked by a shadowy marionette-like figure, which knocks her unconscious.

When she wakes up in the hospital, Madison has lost her pregnancy, and has also been reunited with her estranged younger sister Sydney (Maddie Hasson), a struggling actress who resolves to take care of her from here on out. Madison heads home and attempts to return to normal life, only to begin experiencing waking nightmares in which she is paralyzed as she watches the same spindly killer who previously attacked her gruesomely dispatch a whole swath of mysterious strangers. These murders, however, are not just occurring in her imagination, and she soon finds herself crossing paths with a sensitive, square-jawed homicide detective (George Young) and his “you gotta be kidding me with this shit” partner (Michole Briana White).

You can probably guess the broad strokes of where this is heading, but probably not the specifics, and Cooper’s script makes sure to throw in at least one dramatic revelation every 15 minutes or so, each more stupefying than the last. It is hard to imagine that anyone involved in making this film took it entirely seriously, but hardly ever do the masks slip, and as broad as some of the performances get, they never lapse into tongue-in-cheek knowingness. (In keeping with the film’s anything-goes philosophy, Joseph Bishara’s score nods to sources as varied as Bernard Herrmann and the Pixies, while production designer Desma Murphy gives us everything from foggy basements and creepy suburban houses to the underground ruins of Old Seattle.)

What makes it all work as well as it does is Wan’s command of the form – watching him construct a jump-scare-laden stabbing scene at this point in his career is like listening to an accomplished concert pianist toss off yet another run through “Für Elise” – and his willingness to simply go for it, especially as the film careens through its ludicrously gory final act. As a producer, Wan has been as responsible as anyone for the glut of identikit horror time-fillers over the past decade, but “Malignant” feels like a great shaking off of the cobwebs, an embrace of all of the genre’s most disreputable conventions. You’ll laugh in inappropriate places, you’ll say “WTAF?” outloud, you’ll wonder if you’re being pranked – just let it go, and you’ll be fine.

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Countdown to kickoff: What Detroit Lions fans can expect on game day

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Dan Campbell is taking over a team that isn’t supposed to win much this year and is leading a franchise as synonymous with losing as any in the NFL over the last several decades.

Detroit Lions head coach Dan Campbell talks to Detroit Lions quarterback David Blough (10) on the sidelines after a play during the first half of an NFL preseason football game between the Detroit Lions and the Indianapolis Colts in Detroit, Michigan USA, on Friday, August 27, 2021. (Photo by Amy Lemus/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The Campbell era in Detroit begins Sunday at home against the San Francisco 49ers.

Detroit has been projected to win just five games this season with its new coach.

Since the Lions won the NFL title in 1957, their only playoff victory was nearly 30 years ago, and they endured the league’s first 0-16 season in 2008. Over the last three years, Detroit dropped 33 games.

“Obviously, there has been a lack of success around here for a long time,” quarterback Jared Goff said. “We hope to change that.”

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – AUGUST 13: Jared Goff #16 of the Detroit Lions looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the third quarter of the preseason game at Ford Field on August 13, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

The Lions overhauled the front office, coaching staff, and roster, yet that hasn’t led to high hopes for them outside the organization. Campbell, though, plans to prove people wrong and his players do, too.

“That is our DNA,” Campbell said. “I don’t think it’s any secret that nobody expects us to do much.”

Rookie general manager Brad Holmes rebuilt the roster with youth, starting the season with just four players 30 or older.

“Got a little young swagger to us, not only the players but the coaches,” Pro Bowl center Frank Ragnow said. “You realize the expectations may be low.

CHICAGO, ILLINOIS – NOVEMBER 10: Frank Ragnow #77 of the Detroit Lions walks off the field after losing to the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field on November 10, 2019 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Nuccio DiNuzzo/Getty Images)

The Niners won just six games last season — a year after reaching the Super Bowl — as injuries sent some of their best players to the sideline.

Quarterback Jimmy Garoppolo missed 10 games due to ankle ailments. Tight end George Kittle was out for half of the season after hurting his shoulder. Defensive end Nick Bosa had a season-ending knee injury in Week 2.

When San Francisco traded three first-round picks to draft Trey Lance No. 3 overall, that left Garoppolo’s long-term future with the franchise in doubt. Coach Kyle Shanahan is adamant that Garoppolo will remain the starter as Lance, who has a finger injury, eases into the NFL in situations that set him up for success.

SANTA CLARA, CALIFORNIA – AUGUST 14: Head coach Kyle Shanahan of the San Francisco 49ers looks on from the sidelines against the Kansas City Chiefs during the fouth quarter at Levi’s Stadium on August 14, 2021 in Santa Clara, California. (Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images)

“Jimmy has had as sharp of an offseason as he’s had since I’ve been around him,” Shanahan said.

Bosa, the 2019 Defensive Rookie of the Year, seems to be stronger than before he went down early last year.

“Very few people come back from major injury and are better than they were when they left,” San Francisco left tackle Trent Williams said. “I played Nick before he left and I played when he got back and he’s better.”

Iowa will be well represented with two of the top tight ends in the league: Kittle and Detroit’s T.J. Hockenson.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – JANUARY 03: T. J. Hockenson #88 of the Detroit Lions watches the action from the sidelines during the fourth quarter of the game against the Minnesota Vikings at Ford Field on January 03, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. Minnesota defeated Detroit 37-35. (Photo by Leon Halip/Getty Images)

The Niners discovered a gem in the 2017 draft, selecting Kittle in the fifth round and seeing him become an All-Pro two years later. It took Kittle just 47 games to reach 3,000 yards receiving, a pace that trailed only Hall of Famers Mike Ditka and Kellen Winslow Sr. among tight ends in league history.

The Lions invested more initially in Hockenson, drafting him with the No. 8 overall pick in 2019, and he has panned out. He led all NFC tight ends with 723 yards receiving last season, had 67 receptions and six touchdowns to earn Pro Bowl honors.

Both teams have rookie defensive coordinators who are former NFL players and set to make calls for the first time in a game.

After Robert Saleh left to lead the New York Jets, the Niners promoted 37-year-old linebackers coach DeMeco Ryans.

When Campbell was putting together an NFL coaching staff for the first time last winter, he gave Aaron Glenn a shot to be a coordinator after working together in New Orleans.

DETROIT, MICHIGAN – AUGUST 13: Detroit Lions defensive coordinator Aaron Glenn looks on against the Buffalo Bills during the fourth quarter of the preseason game at Ford Field on August 13, 2021 in Detroit, Michigan. (Photo by Nic Antaya/Getty Images)

The Lions had one of the worst defenses in league history last year and they’re opening up the season against a dynamic and balanced offense that features plenty of pre-snap movement to provide distractions.

“Our guys are looking forward to this challenge and I am,” Glenn said. “I am fired up.”

Garoppolo is 22-8 in the regular season since being acquired from New England, and he helped San Francisco win the 2019 NFC championship. The Niners are 7-27 with other quarterbacks under Shanahan since 2017.

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