Friends often ask me to recommend indie horror films on Netflix Instant. (American Netflix, sorry!) Now I can just send…
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.
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…
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…
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…
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,…
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.
Small but effective, "The Pact" is a haunted house thriller that is imbued with a satisfying sense of dread and tension. The film boasts a solid number of jolts and unsettling images, and the production makes the best use of its limited resources. While all of the film's narrative threads do not come together fully, leaving gaps in the already-spare storytelling, the overall experience is spooky, compelling, and memorable.
Just as one of the many suspenseful scenes in the film began, I reached to get my cup of tea. Too afraid to take a sip (in case something happened and I spilt it everywhere) or put the cup back down (I didn't want to take my eyes from the screen) I just sat there, holding the cup as steady as possible, and patiently waited for the scene to end.
If you need a refreshment during this film, I recommend choosing one which will not burn you eg a cola.
Deadly dull, confusing head-scratcher that leaves tons of unanswered questions...and by the end, I didn't care about the answers.
Con sus respectivas fallas en la historia, pero la última media hora es tensión pura. Me recordó The House By The Cemetery de Lucio Fulci.
I had heard a lot about The Pact, and how horror fans should watch it. Finally, I got to watch it. It was different. I was thinking the traditional haunted house movie, but it wasn't quite that. It kept me interested (thank the lord for the coloring I enjoyed it very much) and I'm excited to get to see the sequel!
Really good, slow and creepy! Just like my sex
Those twisty hallways gave a lot of atmosphere to a spooky film about family secrets. Though there was one plot point that seemed to just...disappear? It seemed obvious but then was never mentioned again and it makes me wonder whether I was seeing something that wasn't there or whether the filmmakers just dropped the ball.
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