Malevolent: Ghost-hunting scam artists get spooked in first trailer for new Netflix movie

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Oct 1, 2018

Just in case there isn't enough horror in your life or in your Netflix queue, fret not — the streaming juggernaut is packing themselves fit to burst with horror films, and one of them has just received a trailer that looks about as malevolent as the film's title. 

Malevolent is the story of a brother/sister team of ghost-hunting scam artists. They take advantage of vulnerable people and are generally awful. It's not until the enigmatic Mrs. Green invites them to her home, which is also an abandoned orphanage (a perfectly sane place to live), that their cons start to become all too real.

Take a look at the trailer: 

At the risk of sounding like Stefon, this trailer has everything — a creepy orphanage, spooky dolls, scrawled writing on walls, scared people, and maybe even Dan Cortese. The only thing it's missing is Patrick Wilson singing an Elvis song, and who knows? Maybe the full film will have that too, though probably not. 

Florence Pugh will star as con-woman Angela, and Ben Lloyd-Hughes will play her brother in jerkery, Jackson. The great Celia Imrie plays Mrs. Green, and her shifting tones and warnings may steal the movie just as they kind of steal this trailer. Directed by Olaf de Fleur directs, with a screenplay by Ben Ketai, Malevolent is adapted from a novella by E.M. Blomqvist.

If you're feeling like getting in on all of the action going down in this orphanage, you don't have long to wait — the movie will conjure itself up on Netflix on Oct. 5. Will you be streaming the haunting activity, or do you think you'll let this particular con proceed without you? Let us know in the comments. 

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