MALUM's Anthony DiBlasi And Jessica Sula On Creating A Bigger (And Bloodier) World

LAST SHIFT reimagined with the help of Russel FX and expanded lore.

By Angel Melanson · @HorrorGirlProbs · March 31, 2023, 11:29 AM PDT

Malum is now in theaters, and we have writer/director Anthony DiBlasi and star Jessica Sula here to talk about this Last Shift re-imagining. Fans of Last Shift may recognize a familiar setup, maybe even a line or two, but Malum is an entirely different beast. DiBlasi had a chance to attack his 2014 Last Shift concept with a bigger budget, bringing more of his vision to life, and honestly... who wouldn't jump at that opportunity? Here's the official synopsis:

On a search to uncover the mysterious circumstances surrounding her father’s death, a newly appointed police officer, Jessica Loren (Jessica Sula) is assigned to the last shift in a decommissioned police station where a notoriously vicious cult saw their demise years prior. The lone officer at the station, she soon finds herself barraged by terrifying paranormal events, and in the process, is taken on a journey during which she learns the shocking truth behind her family’s entanglement with a demented cult leader. MALUM takes the premise of the 2014 festival hit and flips it on its head, thrusting viewers into an unrelenting, adrenaline-fueled, bloody cult nightmare.

Malum and Last Shift share their roots, but for DiBlasi, Malum brings his vision to life in a way he simply wasn't able to in 2014. Bigger, bloodier FX and an expanded story, taking us deeper into the world he introduced fans to nearly a decade ago. But we'll let DiBlasi and Sula tell you in their own words what it was like to resurrect and reimagine a fan favorite and making it its own thing. Check out our full convo below.

Malum is now in theaters, and you can read more with DiBlasi right here.