Coming to theatres and VOD this Friday from director James Cullen Bressack and Benetone Films is the unexpected “Pernicious.”

What can be better than spending the summer in Thailand teaching English? When Alex (Ciara Hanna), Julia (Emily O’Brien) and Rachel (Jackie Moore) do just that, their house is more than they had expected. Filled with beautiful items, there is one in particular that capture their attention — a gold statue of a young girl.

Settling in quickly, the girls decide to check out the local nightlife and make friends. But all too quickly their night’s sleep is filled with bloody dreams that they all share. Making matters even more mysterious is that they begin to see a young girl around their house.

What they don’t know is that there is a horrible legend of a young girl named Vanida. They have unknowingly unleashed the young girl who is using them to bring a long awaited vengeance to make those responsible pay…

…with their lives.

Hanna, O’Brien and Moore play the cute American girls looking forward to a little adventure. They actually did a good job, especially when it came to the very bloody scenes. Watching them play off one another was well done so that no one character pulled away from the other.

There are a few secrets here that I’m not about to give away, I mean seriously, I don’t need a little kid knocking on my door! Hoyos as Vanida doesn’t have much to say but then again she doesn’t need to, her actions speak louder or is that screaming?!

This film doesn’t pull any punches when it comes to finding its place in the horror genre. It is well filmed and the special effects are pretty gruesome, which is to say totally awesome. If I’m going to watch a horror film with a little girl who has spent a couple of decades pissed off, I’d expect to see some serious gore.

Other cast include Russell Banks as Colin, Byron Gibson as Byron, Sohanne Bengana s Vlad, Jared Cohn as Shane, Sara Lane as Samorn, Wallop Terathon as Sang, Thanchanok Kaewta as Isra and Irada Hoyos as Vanida.

TUBS OF POPCORN: I give “Pernicious” three tubs of popcorn out of five. This is a straight forward horror film that doesn’t pull any punches. This little girl is P.O.’d and has no problem using anyone to get her vengeance.

I actually love how the film is described as “not about redemption, not about good vs. evil, not about the will to survive — this is a story about Vanida who wants revenge one appendage at a time”…BOOM! Like I said, pulling no punches but rather pulling appendages, a great way to put it.

So if you’re looking for a good ole fashioned horror film with twists and turns and plenty of blood and guts, then “Pernicious” should definitely be on your list for the weekend.

In the end – evil never dies it just waits!



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