Pernicious (2014) Movie Review

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2014 | Horror, Thriller
90 minutes /

User Score: 60/100

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Pernicious Review


It was supposed to be an adventure of a lifetime as three young girls spend the summer in Thailand. But their adventure quickly becomes a nightmare when the trio unleashes the spirit of a murdered child with only one thing on her mind - revenge.

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)

About Pernicious 2014

Title: Pernicious
Year: 2014
Runtime: 90 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Score: 2 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3/5 stars from 20 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 20
Starring: Sara Malakul Lane, Jared Cohn, James Cullen Bressack, Emily Roya O'Brien, Emily O'Brien, Thanchanok Kaewta, Alexandra Merle, 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
Writers: James Cullen Bressack, Taryn Hillin
Director: James Cullen Bressack