Pernicious
USA, Thailand, 2015, 90 minutes, HD
Evil never dies. It waits.
Pernicious Synopsis

Three young women arrive in Thailand to teach English for the summer. Some come with noble intentions, others in it for adventure, but none are prepared for the massacre that awaits them.


The girls find themselves in a nightmare situation when new friends go missing, bloody dreams haunt their sleep, and a stolen statue leads them down a dark path into Thai folklore and magic long forgotten.


Things only get worse when they realize not WHAT, but WHO is haunting them: an 8-year-old girl, brutally murdered and sacrificed by her family decades ago. Now free, she wants nothing more than to watch her victims bleed.



"A carnival for the eyes... wildly exciting watch from beginning to bloody end" - Dread Central

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Reviewed by Sasha1988
A horror film that doesn't re-invent the wheel but has a lot of fun rolling with it, Pernicious is a rare foray into South East Asian folklore by an American... more
A horror film that doesn't re-invent the wheel but has a lot of fun rolling with it, Pernicious is a rare foray into South East Asian folklore by an American director and cast. The dialogue is nothing to shout about but the performances are game and the characters inviting. I especially liked the character of Julia, who is condescending to the Thai locals but still remains likeable - no mean feat - and she gets the best lines, especially when shunning a drunk and horny British tourist. This is a film that obviously had time and budget limitations, but it achieves a lot despite it. Extra kudos for flipping the expectations of gender roles in horror. Lots of good gooey gore, too.
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Sasha1988 Hell yeah, Julia! A whole lot of stereotypical characters on this one, though. 
Sasha1988 Hell yeah, Julia! A whole lot of stereotypical characters on this one, though. 
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  • I don't like the characters, The film is not good..

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  • I don't like the characters, The film is not good..
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  • Great to see some women taking power back into the whole torture-film game!

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  • Great to see some women taking power back into the whole torture-film game!
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  • The golden statue looks intriguing... Children in horror films never fail to freak me out, so painted in gold, it should work for me!

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  • The golden statue looks intriguing... Children in horror films never fail to freak me out, so painted in gold, it should work for me!
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    MarieDR How could children be so disturbingly scary, right?
    MarieDR How could children be so disturbingly scary, right?
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  • Nice to see a fresher twist on horror - the location, the statue, the mythology... will deffo check out.

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  • Nice to see a fresher twist on horror - the location, the statue, the mythology... will deffo check out.
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