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Maléfique (2002)

Not Rated | | Fantasy, Horror, Mystery | 7 May 2003 (France)
Four prisoners find an ancient diary in the wall of their cell which might be the key to getting out.

Director:

Eric Valette

Writers:

Alexandre Charlot (scenario), Franck Magnier (scenario) | 1 more credit »
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2 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Gérald Laroche Gérald Laroche ... Carrère
Philippe Laudenbach ... Lassalle
Clovis Cornillac ... Marcus
Dimitri Rataud Dimitri Rataud ... Pâquerette
Didier Bénureau Didier Bénureau ... Hippolyte Picus
Félicia Massoni Félicia Massoni ... Claire Carrère
Geoffrey Carey Geoffrey Carey ... Charles Danvers
Paul-Alexandre Bardela Paul-Alexandre Bardela ... Hugo Carrère
Boris Lutz Boris Lutz ... Danvers jeune
Nelson Jourdan Nelson Jourdan ... Danvers enfant
César Castagné-Favali César Castagné-Favali ... Danvers bébé
Yves Arnault ... Le Directeur
Benjamin Haddad Benjamin Haddad ... Le Gardien de Prison 1
Thierry Cazal Thierry Cazal ... Le Gardien de Prison 2
Olivier Bouana Olivier Bouana ... Le Gardien de Prison 3
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In a penitentiary, four prisoners occupy a cell: Carrère, who used his company to commit a fraud and was betrayed by his wife; the drag Marcus and his protégée, the intellectually disabled Paquerette, who ate his six months sister; and the intellectual, Lassalle who killed his wife. One night, Carrère finds an ancient journal hidden in a hole in the wall of the cell. They realize that the book was written by Danvers in the beginning of the last century and is about black magic. They decide to read and use its content to escape from the prison, when they find the truth about Danvers' fate. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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During the preproduction, a producer, thinking books were outdated, asked to replace the black magic book found by prisoners by an e-book. See more »

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Referenced in Viande d'origine française (2009) See more »

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Refreshingly original French horror.
18 December 2008 | by HumanoidOfFleshSee all my reviews

A prison cell.Four prisoners-Carrere,a young company director accused of fraud,35 year old transsexual in the process of his transformation, Daisy,a 20 year-old mentally challenged idiot savant and Lassalle,a 60 year-old intellectual who murdered his wife.Behind a stone slab in the cell,mysteriously pulled loose,they discovered a book:the diary of a former prisoner,Danvers,who occupied the cell at the beginning of the century.The diary contains magic formulas that supposedly enable prisoners to escape."Malefique" is one of the creepiest and most intelligent horror films I have seen this year.The film has a grimy,shadowy feel influenced by the works of H.P. Lovecraft,which makes for a very creepy and unsettling atmosphere.There is a fair amount of gore involved with some imaginative and brutal death scenes and the characters of four prisoners are surprisingly well-developed.It's a shame that Eric Valette made truly horrible remake of "One Missed Call" after his stunning debut.9 out of 10.


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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

7 May 2003 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

A mágikus könyv See more »

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Budget:

EUR1,000,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$398,016
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Sound Mix:

Dolby SR

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1.85 : 1
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