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Ithaca Fantastik 2018: ‘Piercing’ Movie Review: Delightfully Disturbing

PopHorror was lucky enough to help cover the 2018 Ithaca Fantastik Film Festival, one of our first reviews is the horror thriller, Piercing.

Piercing is one that I’ve wanted to see for awhile. I kept missing the chance with each passing festival and I was stoked to finally see it. It really took me by surprise. See why!

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This bizarrely intense thriller was directed and written by Nicolas Pesce, based on the novel by Ryû Murakami. The cast includes Christopher Abbott, Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Bond, and Laia Costa.

Official Synopsis for Piercing:

A man kisses his wife and baby goodbye and seemingly heads away on business, with a plan to check into a hotel, call an escort service, and kill an unsuspecting prostitute.

This film took me by surprise from beginning to end. It’s bizarrely delightful with a unique script, and compelling characters that continue to surprise you throughout the entire run time.

The script reminds me of something that Quentin Tarantino would do and I’m a huge fan of  the style. Director Nicolas Pesce delivers a story that you can’t look away from. It’s like a train wreck happening in front of you with awkward characters and interactions that make the viewer slightly uncomfortable yet you want to know more.


Both of the stars of Piercing, Christopher Abbott and Mia Wasikowska, killed it with their performances and constantly surprised me. I love everything that Christopher does, but this role showed a different side of him that was eerie and challenging. Mia was phenomenal in her role as Jackie. She gave a chilling performance that sent chills up my spine and made me cringe as I never knew what she would do next. The term crazy/beautiful comes to mind when I think of her in this role and she killed it every step of the way.

There’s a lot of twists and turns along the way and I love when a film can surprise me. It keeps you on your toes and there’s never a dull moment. It’s bizarrely wonderful.

Final Thoughts on Piercing:

This film was definitely worth the wait. It’s sick, twisted, surprising, with a pinch of sexy mixed in. If you love films that are full of suspense and are delightfully fucked up, Piercing is for you. Check it out when you can and stay tuned for more news and reviews!

About Tori Danielle

Tori has had a passion for Horror and music ever since she was a little girl. She got bit by the writing bug in high school where she was involved in both the school newspaper and the yearbook. While getting her Bachelors degree, she took Journalism and Creative Writing classes where her passion grew even stronger. Now, in between work and family, she spends all of her spare time indulging in music, Horror movies, and nerdy fandoms, all while running/assisting one of the biggest Horror groups on Facebook and writing for various websites.

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