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Over the years, William Shatner has built a certain reputation. While we’ll always be big fans, let’s just say "subtle" is not a word that is often used to describe his acting style. From time to time Shatner indulges this proclivities and finds himself involved in projects that seem tailor-made for his level of excessiveness, and it appears he has found another one. William Shatner has signed on to voice a character in an animated horror movie.
If we haven’t already grabbed your attention with the phrase "animated horror movie," let’s continue on. According to The Hollywood Reporter, the film, titled Malevolent, is the story of four siblings who are called together by their evil father who is dying and wishes to set his will in order, and Shatner will narrate the whole ordeal. Here's the kicker, the will is actually a cover story because the father wants to exact his revenge upon his children.
Revenge for what? We don’t know just yet. Does it really matter? Dad wants to murder his children, this is already going to be cinematic gold. But hang on because the plot doesn’t stop there. There are also intergalactic gamblers who apparently spend the movie watching the family attempt to kill each other and place bets on the outcome. Because of course there are.
Shatner’s character is called the Overseer and he will act as the film’s narrator. Whether he is one of the space bookies overseeing the familial battle royale, or another character watching the entire thing unfold, is unclear. Other voices signed on include Gotham’s Morena Baccarin, horror movie mainstay Bill Moseley, and, character-actor-we’re-pretty-sure-has-never-been-the-good-guy-once, Ray Wise.
While there have certainly been scary animated films, as well as those with plenty of blood and guts, if this is going to use more traditional horror tropes, like something out of a Friday the 13th style slasher movie, that’s going be a bit more unique. The description certainly lends itself to something along those lines if every member of the family is going to try to kill all the others. Of course, if it’s going to be a bit more subtle about it, the movie could end up being more along the lines of the battle of succession in Stardust, where the brothers spend the movie waiting for the right opportunity to off their siblings. Seriously, Rupert Everett doesn’t make it on screen two minutes before he’s pushed out a window. We can only imagine the fun Shatner could have with something like that.
Whatever Malevolent turns out to be, we know William Shatner will be able to provide his own special twist to put the movie over the top, and that's enough for us.