Pernicious (2014) Movie Review

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Pernicious (2014)

2014 | R | Horror, Thriller
90 minutes / 1h 30min

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Pernicious Plot Synopsis:

Three young, beautiful girls arrive in Thailand to teach English for the summer, some with noble intentions and some just wanting an adventure, but none were prepared for the massacre that awaited them. The nightmare begins when their new friends go missing, vivid bloody dreams haunt their sleep and a stolen statue leads them down a dark path into Thai folklore and magic that has been long forgotten. Their situation continues to become worse once they realize it's not WHAT that is haunting them but WHO: an eight-year girl, brutally murdered and sacrificed by her family decades ago who wants nothing more than to watch them bleed. This is not a story about redemption. This is not a story about good versus evil. This is not a story about the will to survive. This is a story about Vanida - a child viciously tortured by her own family, who will stop at nothing for revenge - one appendage at a time.

Pernicious (2014) Review

Pernicious (2015) is a low budget thriller horror movie that can be easily forgotten. Director and writer James Cullen Bressack (Hate Crime (2012), Theatre of the Deranged (2012), To Jennifer (2013), My Pure Joy (2011)) failed at executing his screenplay. The screenplay and acting was terrible but everything else was good. The movie contains action, violence, a strange mystery, gore, incredible special effects, cliche images, gorgpous females and a boring screenplay/dialogue.

Pernicious starts by showing us an Asian ritual that involves a lot of blood. A man was bleeding and then his throat was cut as a woman draws with his blood on a sheet. The movie was intense from the opening scene as we see a child about to be murdered by the killer who killed the men that was sitting next to the child. The movie cuts to a black screen and returns with three beautiful American girls in Thailand. They went to Thailand to do charity work and saw a huge golden statue of a little girl in their apartment. We did not take long to find out that the golden statue is worth a lot of money because it is made from gold and the statue also has a secret. The girls Julia (Emily O’Brien), Alex (Ciara Hanna) and Rachel (Jackie Moore) saw that the golden statue from their apartment was missing when they returned. The three girls share the same dream and is now puzzled as to what is going on, is the gold girl statue somehow behind all of the bad events that have been taking place? There is bad things happening to the girls and one of thier new friends but you will have to watch and endure this movie if you really want to find out what it is.

The visual appeal of this movie was breathtaking. The director did a fantastic job adding the creepy old house in this movie and the atmosphere could not have been any scarier than it was. Okay, here is what I dislike about the movie: the screenplay was horrible and the acting was okay but not good. I gave this move a four because of the special effects and the creepiness the movie gave me a few times.

Rachel: Jackie Moore - Atlantic Rim (2013), Mac Daddy & the Lovers (2015), Awaken (2009)
Alex: Ciara Hanna - Power Rangers Megaforce (2013), Blood Lake: Attack of the Killer Lampreys (2014), Power Power Rangers Megaforce: Ultimate Team Power (2013)
Julia: Emily O’Brien - The Young and the Restless (1973), Beatrice (2011), Séance (2006)

  • Pernicious Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 4
  • Overall Score: 4.46
  • IMDB: 4.7

About Pernicious 2014

Title: Pernicious
Year: 2014
Runtime: 90 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Reviewer: Score: 2 / 5 stars Avg. Rating: 2.23/5 stars from 2,435 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 2,435 MPAA Rating: R
Pernicious Cast Starring: Sara Malakul Lane, Jared Cohn, James Cullen Bressack, Emily Roya O'Brien, Emily O'Brien, Boonchu Namjaidee, Byron Gibson, Todstham Piumsomboon, Russell Geoffrey Banks, Pisit Sangkaew, Chanokporn Suwanposri, Ciara Hanna, Jackie Moore, Jack Prinya, Sohanne Bengana, Wallop Terathong, Flint Bangkok, Irada Hoyos, Warakorn Jitpat, Thanchanok Kaewta, Alexandra Merle
Pernicious Writers: James Cullen Bressack, Taryn Hillin
Pernicious Director: James Cullen Bressack
Production: Benetone Films
Language: English
Country: USA, Thailand