New genre studio Welcome Villain Films’ first original production, previously known as Untitled LAST SHIFT Reboot, has a new name - MALUM. The official title treatment and new film stills have been unveiled for the film, along with an announced Spring 2023 nationwide theatrical release.
Helmed by director Anthony DiBlasi (Last Shift, Dread, Extremity) and co-written by DiBlasi and Scott Poiley (Last Shift, Missionary, Exhume), the same creative team behind 2014’s LAST SHIFT, MALUM reimagines the original critically-acclaimed horror hit and expands the filmmakers vision of nightmare-inducing terror.
“With this new film, we really wanted it to stand on its own, and giving it a new title absolutely does that,” says filmmaker Anthony DiBlasi. “The name ‘Malum’ is not only a major element of the plot and how things unfold, but that word, in some of the oldest languages in history, means ‘evil’ and ‘an offense against right or law,’ which seamlessly ties into the twisted, horrific themes of the film. Once audiences see the movie, they won’t soon forget the name ‘Malum’.”
Thrusting viewers into a relentless, adrenaline-fueled, bloody cult nightmare, MALUM focuses on a rookie police officer who willingly takes the last shift at a newly decommissioned police station in an attempt to uncover the mysterious connection between her father’s death and a vicious cult. Throughout the night, she finds herself barraged by terrifying supernatural events while unveiling the truth behind her family’s twisted past.
Far from a shot-for-shot remake, MALUM pays respect to the original film but is a much different type of movie that has given the filmmakers a chance to tell their full story with all the right resources.
“From day one, the goal was always to produce something that paid homage to the original but broke new ground in a much bigger way, making it feel less like a remake and more like a reimagining,” says Dan Clifton, producer of MALUM and Head of Production for Welcome Villain. “From a scale and scope perspective, this film is a much meaner, larger beast. From a horror perspective, it cranks the intensity up to eleven, which we think fans will love. The Welcome Villain team is eager for the world to see MALUM, our first of many original productions.”
Welcome Villain Films developed and produced MALUM and will distribute the film domestically with a Spring 2023 nationwide theatrical release. Raven Banner is handling international sales and will be presenting at the upcoming European Film Market in Berlin.
MALUM stars Jessica Sula (Skins, Split, Godless, Panic) and was shot on location in a recently abandoned prison in downtown Louisville, Kentucky. The cast also includes Candice Coke (Kevin Can F**K Himself), Chaney Morrow (Haunt), Clarke Wolfe (Satanic Panic, Torn Hearts), Morgan Lennon (Something From Tiffany’s), Valerie Loo (American Horror Stories), Monroe Cline (Don’t Worry Darling), Eric Olson (Raising Helen), Sam Brooks (Fear Street: Part Two - 1978), Kevin Wayne (The Outsider), Danielle Coyne (Bad Apples), Natalie Victoria (Dead Heads), Christopher Matthew Spencer (Snowfall, Winning Time) and Britt George (True Blood). The film features special effects make-up from the team at RussellFX (Hellraiser, The Ritual, The Night House). MALUM is produced by Scott Poiley and Welcome Villain Films’ Head of Production Dan Clifton and executive produced by Mary Poiley, Welcome Villain Films co-founders Luke LaBeau, Head of Development, Eric Kleifield, Head of Creative, Bonner Bellew, Head of Operations and Justin Brown of Bespoke Production Capital.