Malice The Web Series is weird.
It's a coming-of-age story dressed up as a creepy supernatural thriller - and it's fantastic!
Created, written, and directed by Philip Cook, Malice tells the story of Alice Turner, a 16-year-old girl who seems to be a typical teen. She has an older sister she spars with, and parents who are dealing with their own personal demons.
In the beginning of the series, Alice and her family move into her recently deceased grandmother's home. With the move, her father is hoping for a fresh start for his family.
However, it soon becomes clear to Alice that something is very wrong.
There's a presence in the house. One that thrives in darkness and has a sinister connection to Alice's family. Soon she finds herself battling to save her loved ones from a bizarre supernatural horror.
Overall Malice succeeds in telling a story with some real chills.
It is very atmospheric with cinematography that makes effective use of the play between light and dark to create a sense of dread. The wonderful soundtrack adds a layer of foreboding.
The writing is smart and the plotting is tight. There are no superfluous storylines to detract from the main narrative.
It's also important to note the supernatural threat Alice contends with is not your typical horror movie monster. It isn't a vampire, werewolf, or zombie - but something quite unique.
The acting of the main cast is competent, but the standout is series star Brittany Martz.
This young actress fully embodies a vulnerable young woman who yearns for the healing of her broken family.
Yet Alice is no shrinking violet.
In one pivotal scene later in the series, she finds herself embroiled in a very tense situation. Instead of going into hysterics, she steely says "I will not be helpless!" and proceeds to take action.
Hell yes! Buffy Summers move over. There is a new heroine on the scene and her name is Alice Turner.
Watch the series trailer here:
Malice is a independent production funded completely by its audience.
Two seasons totaling 19 episodes (this includes special one-offs) have been produced that complete the first story arc. A third is currently being planned.
Update: The third season of Malice, entitled Malice: Metamorphosis is now online!
You can watch all current episodes on the online network on YouTube.
For more information about the production and how you can help support it, please visit Eagle Films.
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