Torture in Many Ways
Having arrived in Thailand a few weeks before they are due to take teaching posts in a nearby school, the sensible Julia (Emily O'Brien) and fun loving blondes Alex and Rachel (Ciara Hanna and Jackie Moore) move in to an old home where they discover upstairs a beautiful but chilling sculpture of a little girl The next day during a trip in to town to buy food they find themselves being followed by some men and then later on in a bar they run into them again, inviting them home. But that is when the strangeness goes down as the men find they have bitten off more than they can chew, things go missing including the statue but a little girl appears.
Does seeing a man getting his toe nails ripped off or a knife plunged in to his thigh turn you on? If the answer is yes I reckon you might enjoy "Pernicious" because when it goes for gore it really goes for gore. On top of that when it goes for gore it features 3 attractive women behaving all dominatrix like which I am sure adds to the turning on for those who enjoy the blood spurting knife action.
But here's the trouble. If you are not entertained purely by graphic violence and pretty actresses the rest of "Pernicious" has nothing to really offer. Yes we have a movie with some sort of sacrifice involving a child and then we have the mystery of the gold statue but it isn't strong enough to make the focus of the movie the mystery rather than sexy looking actresses and graphic violence. And to be honest there isn't a great deal more to say as the acting from actresses Ciara Hanna, Emily O'Brien and Jackie Moore is typical of a modern b-movie horror and as such is forgettable.
What this all boys down to is that "Pernicious" is not a very good modern horror movie and pretty much only works if all you want is good looking actresses and graphic violence.