I had to look the word up a few months ago, but now I can recite the definition by heart: Having a harmful effect, esp. in a gradual or subtle way. Pernicious is the genius title to James Cullen Bressack’s upcoming horror film, and the reason for my inquiry.
After releasing 3 films in October, James took a relaxing vacation to Thailand to shoot the film. Starring the beautiful trio of Ciara Hanna, Emily O’Brien, and Jackie Moore, fans have been clamoring for more details. Toss in some beautiful tropical scenery, Thai model Sara Malakul Lane, and an evil child ghost, and fans are near rabid for details.
VMI (Vintage Media International) has acquired Pernicious according to a press release issued today. Pernicious is slated for a April release, but there is no official word from VMI on this. “VMI is thrilled to acquire the worldwide rights to Pernicious and to further diversify our slate with such an intriguing and beautifully shot feature film,” said [VMI President Andre] Relis. “We look forward to sharing Pernicious with an eager global audience.”
Just a few days ago, I was lucky to get a few moments of James’ time to ask him about his films, Pernicious, and what he’s currently working on. Scaretissue.com would once again like to welcome back James Cullen Bressack.
Scaretissue: 4 months ago, you stormed onto the horror scene with 3 horror films (Hate Crime, To Jennifer, and 13/13/13) being released almost simultaneously. What’s promotions been like, and what have you learned since their release? Did you approach each release differently?
James: I always promote my films as much as possible. It’s important to generate as many reviews and press as you can. What’s the good of a movie that no one knows about. Each film I tried something a little different while making it and I also tried something a little different while promoting it. If I can lend any advice to any filmmakers out there, promote your stuff! You can’t expect others to support you if you won’t support you.
Scaretissue: Your upcoming film Pernicious was shot in Thailand. Tell us about the experience you had shooting (from the pictures, it looks like it was a blast). (As your star is former yellow ranger Ciara Hanna) How many Power Rangers references/jokes were told on set?
James: Pernicious was by far one of the most interesting experiences I have ever had. Not only will it go down as my best film so far as well as my favorite film but it also was just pure insanity and culture shock. This was the first time I had ever been out of the country that I can remember (I went to France when I was 3, I don’t remember that). It was a mindblowing experience and I learned so much. It truly made me a better filmmaker. Working with everyone on this project was fantastic, I had such an amazing cast and crew and I loved my Thai crew. Dek Uan misses his Thai crew! PUIIIII! Hahaha pui will know what I’m talking about when she reads this. Any ways it was amazing. And Ciara was on power rangers? Wtf?!? I thought she was joking about that. Maaaaaan so many missed opportunities to make jokes.
Scaretissue: I also saw that you are collaborating with your father (Emmy award writer Gordon Bressack) on a couple upcoming projects. How has that experience been, and what are we looking forward to?
James: Working with my father has been a dream come true. It’s like arguing with your father but in a work environment, oh wait. Huh? Hahaha but in all seriousness he is the most talented writer I know and he pushes me to be a better writer and filmmaker. I have learned so much from him over the years that I am honored that he treats me as an equal and enjoys working with me as well. We have such a great creative flow together. I’ve learned more then I will ever admit from that man and he has always been one of my biggest supporters.