Pernicious (2014) – Review, Rating and Synopsis

Pernicious (2014)

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  • Release Date:  2014
  • Genre:  Ghost & Spirit, Witches & Occult
  • Director:  James Cullen Bressack
  • Screenwriter:  James Cullen Bressack, Taryn Hillin
  • Cast & Crew: Ciara Hanna, Emily O’Brien, Jackie Moore, Russell Geoffrey Banks, Byron Gibson, Jack Prinya, Sohanne Bengana, Jared Cohn, Sara Malakul Lane, Wallop Terathong

Pernicious (2014) Rating:

  • Eloise = 3 / 10;
  • Raoul = 3 / 10;
  • IMDB = 4.7 / 10;
  • Rotten Tomatoes = 7.2 / 10

Pernicious (2014) Synopsis:

Three girls on a trip in Thailand accidentally wakes up the spirit of a vengeful little girl.

Pernicious (2014) Review:

Pernicious starts like an episode of Paris Hilton’s The Simple Life, with the three bimbos landing in Thailand with so much attitude that it makes you want to stop watching right away. Yet, there is something intriguing about this part of the movie which, without spoiling, feels like a Thai version of Hostel.

This until the girls get into the house of a random, fake looking witch that speaks with the most ridiculous accent I ever heard. What follows is a series of very bad ghost scenes, most of them ripped off notorious ghost movies such as the bed scene in The Grudge or the girl in the top corner of the room like in The Last Exorcism. Thereee is even one of these really laughable scene where the ghost appear as the mirror is flipped back… really?

The three girls’ behaviour and dumbness doesn’t help to make the movie better, which feels almost like an unintentional comedy at times. I think the movie would have actually been a lot better would the movie have focused on its funny aspect.

As for the rest, the acting is pretty weak, the scenario is both far-fetched and really poorly told, often via lengthy stories told by secondary characters, completely breaking the flow of the movie. This interspaced with a couple of really violent and gory torture scenes, which kind of feel out of place in this ghost story, but were actually the highlight of the movie for me, with some great-looking practical special effects.

I think Pernicious is a horror movie aimed at a teen audience, and for that, I might still recommend it to the youngest fans. Anyone above 16 probably won’t get over its dullness however.

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