Director Wilson Louis, unable to come up with something new, revised the already attempted, experienced and lifeless ideas and gives them a new garb in his horror flick Mallika. It is clichéd, not exciting and corny from start to end. In fact, director Wilson Louis ought to know that skin-show cannot substitute for a riveting story, as there is a lot of skin show in this film.
Mallika is a technically well shot film with a very pathetic and clichéd screenplay, and as Louis is a horror expert what with having only directed horror flicks so far, his scriptwriter sadly has let him down. All his superb technical expertise and special effects goes waste because of the pitiable script. However as I said, the technicalities and execution of Wilson is novel. But Louis should also be credited for managing to give a good scare in a couple of scenes. He got succeeded in bits and pieces to instill fright through MALLIIKA. He doesn't allow you to get out of the fear mode right through, except for a few (forced) songs and comic scenes. His intentions are clear- 'I want to panic people'. And that’s why he's so much into trying to frighten that plot doesn't seem to appear. Perhaps, he could have spent some time in establishing the characters and created a buildup in the initial portions. Wilson tries to induce fear by creepy camera angles and background score, creating the feeling that something creepy is in store. He scores in constructing the anticipation of fear rather than scaring, as what ensues isn't spooky. The overall story lacks novelty. Till the first half there's little clue as to where the film is headed, and Louis ensures that there are halfway decent visual effects in the second half of the film.
So overall, it’s a decent try, but better luck next time!
2 / 5