Pernicious (2015)

Pernicious (2015)

Starring: Ciara Hanna, Emily O'Brien, Jackie Moore, Sara Malakul Lane, Jared Cohn, Wallop Terathong, Prinya Ruenprapan, Byron Gibson, Russell Geoffrey Banks, Sohanne Bengana, Irada Hoyos, Thanchanok Kaewta

Plot: 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.

My Review and Thoughts:

Directed and created by James Cullen Bressack. I became an instant fan of James after seeing his ultra-shocking film Hate Crime. If you haven't seen it, I highly recommend it but I warn you it's disturbing. You can read my review here for Hate Crime: My Review

In Pernicious, James directed a gory, simple, fun horror of a Drive-In late night fashion. Written in a believable way with aspects of old school 80's horror. I think Pernicious had a relatively simple yet entertaining plot that captured all the other supernatural, ghost and curse like classics and played a somewhat homage to these in the film.

Awesome landscape shots, cinematography is beautiful, colors are vibrant. I loved the feel of the filming taking place. It placed you in Thailand where the film was made. James alongside Taryn Hillin constructed an interesting script that melds into many ideas and features displayed through horror history.

I enjoyed this film. I think it has great low-budget special effects and makeup. Entertained from beginning to end and that's all I really ask for. I think the direction was ultimately right on and was able to capture everything that needed to be done and also held onto you throughout the picture. The acting was good for the most part. Some times it was over done in acting but these type of films you should expect over the top. The film played like a Midnight Screening B-Horror film to enjoy with a huge bowl of popcorn and the art-form of low budget horror entertainment.

Loved the gore and the makeup and special effects. The torture of the guys worked in classic Grindhouse fashion. It’s a dark, gory ride of horror. I think it works. I enjoyed it, felt its premise, very believable, very in-your-face and fun. It does have its flaws, but it also has its brutal reality of hardcore type scenarios of a graphic, supernatural revenge, with a bloody vengeance. Don't piss off ancient curses or your egg-roll might just get chopped off.

Starring three beautiful, stunning and gorgeous females, Ciara Hanna, Emily O'Brien, Jackie Moore. I will always know Ciara Hanna as the Yellow Ranger from Power Rangers Mega Force. In Pernicious she plays the character of Alex. A typical young girl that has no respect for culture or local beliefs and basically goes about making fun and even stealing worship objects. Her sister in the film is played by actress Jackie Moore. Her character Rachel is what you would call the party girl, drinks, sex. Both are joined by actress Emily O'Brien. Most will know her from her long running stint on the daytime soap opera, The Young and the Restless. In Pernicious she plays Julia the more logical and smart one, but who is ultimately peer pressured by the two others.

Three girls hope to spend the summer enjoying themselves in another country, but when they get to the place to stay, they notice a strange odd little golden life-size, girl statue. Soon they party and meet up with some guys. The night doesn't go as planned. Next morning after what seems like a brutal nightmare, which all three girls have, the golden girl statue is missing. Soon they discover a legend and curse.

Has all the trademarks of 80's horror, drive-in late night, and Grindhouse gore. A twisted curse story mixed with violence, blood and guts, and a creepy golden little girl, that Goldfinger has nothing on, James Bond eat your heart out.

Fun, entertaining for the lover of gore, slashers, ghost curses and low-budget spooks, done in the style of a retro sense of Drive-In late night Ghoul Hosted Fright Night horrors.

"Don't follow the creepy Asian girl."


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