a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
Some doors should never be opened.
After their mother passes away, sisters Nicole and Annie reluctantly return to their childhood home to pay their last respects. While staying overnight in the house, the sisters sense a mysterious presence in their midst: noises startling them in the night, objects moving about, a fallen picture of an unknown woman posed next to their mother. Annie begins experiencing a series of intense and disturbing dreams - visions that lead her to uncover something terrible about her mother's past that is finally revealing itself.
Scary things are always personal. I personally get freaked out and scared by most ghost related things. Spectral photography, EVP, you know that kind of stuff. However, more often than not films that deal with this are riddled with cliches and drown themselves in ridiculous plots trying to explain away everything and therefore not scary.
This film sticks close to the rules, but manages to lift itself above mediocrity with a surprising narrative and some genuinely creepy imagery, all soaked in a creepy atmosphere that just doesn't seem to want to leave.
And that's the thing, when I'm grabbed by a ghost story's atmosphere without constantly getting my face rubbed in it, it…
Mommy! Who's that behind you?
I'm an odd duck when it comes to ghost stories/haunted house films. There's very few I like and the more recent ones that have come out the last few years, I've hated despite them being critically well received. This one on the other hand seems to have mixed reviews by critics and fans, yet I really dug it.
Writer/director Nicholas McCarthy makes his feature film debut here by expanding upon his own short film of the same name. First I have to say that the way he opens the film is brilliant and probably the strongest segment of the entire experience and all it involves is showing an open door to a pitch black…
The Pact is a horror movie that's done in a way that makes it a lot different to other horror movies at that time, and I'm talking about the slow build up and suspense.
The story is about a Nicole (Bruckner) and Annie (Lotz) reluctantly return to their childhood home to pay their last respects. While staying overnight in the house, the sisters sense a mysterious presence in their midst: noises startling them in the night, objects moving about, a fallen picture of an unknown woman posed next to their mother. Annie begins experiencing a series of intense and disturbing dreams visions that lead her to uncover something terrible about her mothers past that is finally revealing itself.
You may well find The Pact billed as a horror, when in truth Nicholas McCarthy's debut directorial & written effort is far more of a psychological chiller with a supernatural coating. It squirrels down what on the face of it appears to be a 'haunted house' kind of tale through a very personal, very condensed lens to focus on the history of a recently deceased mother & her two daughters, principally Caity Lotz's Annie, who begins to discover her mother's house holds a particularly creepy secret. Though it's perhaps a little too sparse and in places tries a touch too hard to evoke mood, what The Pact does have going for it is how well it strips away the sensationalism of other…
Some decently creepy stuff, some good not-too-cheap jump scares, some effective atmosphere, some solid direction. But I still spent the whole movie thinking it was kind of crappy.
I'll give this a pass, though, because I think a lot of people would actually dig it.
After her abusive mother dies, Annie (Caity Lotz) reluctantly returns to her childhood home to settle her affairs, only to find a hostile, invisible presence there and a mystery related to a secret, sealed-off room in this truly scary, old-fashioned horror film.
Written and directed by newcomer Nicholas McCarthy, THE PACT is clearly the work of someone who has watched a whole lot of ghost stories and knows what separates the good ones from the bad ones. This is already established in the first 10 minutes, which is maybe the most effective and scary opening scene in a horror film since THE RING. After that, the story unfolds in a way that is undoubtedly familiar to fans of the genre,…
Almost worth watching, but not quite.
A girl returns to the house of her dead mother where her sister and cousin also seem to have disappeared, but can she find out what happened?
Spooky and well made, the film ambles along but as the movie moves into its third act really switches up a gear and you are on the edge of you seat. Worth watching.
Pretty decent ghost house movie that morphs into the third act of The Silence of the Lambs-meets-Zodiac. Lots of well done scenes with tension and scares.
An ok horror film that just didn't quit sit right for me. It did have Agnes Bruckner in it for a few minutes so that was a plus.
I love m'wife.
La peli no tiene prisa y sabe colocar los petardos cuando toca. Además comparte el honor, junto a Starship Troopers, de tener a Casper Van Dien y ser BUENA. Por menos te dan un Globo de Oro.
I wasn't expecting much, but this was pretty good. There were some plot holes and unexplained character motivations, but mostly this was a pleasant surprise.
Eva: Mommy! Who's that behind you?
Bien dirigida, historia interesante y atmósfera efectiva, poco más se puede pedir para que una cinta de terror sea disfrutable.
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