Malum (2023). USA. 93 min
His films have won over Southern California and Sun Valley in Idaho, but this time Anthony DiBlasi, who hails from Boston and has worked with Clive Barker, is going all out with Malum, the story of a rookie cop who on his night shift at the police station sees something that he maybe shouldn't have seen, and which he most definitely can't explain (even to himself). Together with Scott Poiley, another of his regulars, Anthony builds a story of more or less satanic rites, absences and heroic parents who are six feet under because of their heroism. Malum means Evil in Latin, and is played by Jessica Sula, one of the "fright queens" from TV's Scream. Malum has been likened online to Assault on Precinct 13 (1976) and The Shining (1980), along with mentions of Charles Manson. We shall see.
La endemoniada (1975). Spain. 90 min
An old gypsy woman is arrested by the police for her alleged connection with the kidnap of a newborn baby and the disappearance of a series of artefacts from a church. While being questioned, the woman commits suicide by throwing herself out of the window, having first entrusted herself to the devil. In revenge, her spirit possesses the body of the local commissioner's daughter. A movie in the tradition of The Exorcist (1973) (coincidentally, Marian Salgado dubbed Linda Blair's part in that film), directed by horror legend Amando de Ossorio, and premiered in Spain a matter of months before Friedkin's film.