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,…
Just about original to engage for its running time but with poor dialogue with distracting amounts of exposition.
It gets creepy from time-to-time but never enough to elevate it beyond mediocre.
Generic in every sense of the word with poor attempts at jump scares, poorly developed characters, and a story that's not even remotely scary, The Pact is the type of film that gives horror a bad name. It's not even as bad as I'm making it sound, it just felt so uninspired that it's relatively short 89 minutes felt like a wast of my time. I originally planned on watching the sequel right after, but I don't think I'm going to be able to force myself to do it.
The Ron Says: Do yourself a favor and watch something else.
Despite its narrative failings, The Pact wrangles out a lot of creepiness out of its environment. It does so in some very classical ways too. Clearly, the scenes here are very well constructed and the director knows how to stage an effective jump scare, as well as how to stage a tense and creepy scene.
But it doesn't go anywhere new either. Thematically speaking, this explores territory that is often explored in horror films: family dysfunction and the past haunting the present. But it doesn't really do anything new with that thematic material, nor does it explore it particularly better than any other film of its type. It also doesn't innovate much formally. This is a film in which the…
There are some gripping moments in the last 20 minutes. The rest of it, though very well-made, didn't manage to hold my attention.
Why is this called The Pact? It has nothing to do with any pacts. I saw this one on a list of some of the best horror films made in the past five years (the first half of this decade), and I have no idea how it ended up there. Perhaps I'd rank this 2.2 if I could - The Pact is not a terrible film per se, but it really is not a particularly memorable horror film.
A woman is clearing up her mother's house after her passing, and trying to come to terms with the loss while dealing with her sister. But when she goes missing her sister arrives to find out what happened to her.
If you liked The Pact (it is definitely above average), go read up on the Spider Man of Denver...
P.S. It doesn't really hurt the movie, but I don't think that's how mosaics works.
Totally worth the "half star".....
I think The Pact was a little confused as to what it wanted to be. It’s part haunted house film, but is never scary and never spends enough time to build any scares or even to really have that many at all. Then it’s also part serial killer film, but again never really builds this up much. In the end, it kind of just slogged along and never got anywhere. It looks nice and has some decent acting, but there was little else there for me and it had lost me by the end.
There was a scene, with the main girl looking through holes in the wall at the killer going around her house, that did build up some…
Spooky Watch #8. I'm already slipping from the one a day rule thing, but this movie was bland as fuck. Decent performances and a mercifully short run time, but I can't remember the last time I was this bored and unconnected while watching a film.
Friends often ask me to recommend indie horror films on Netflix Instant. (American Netflix, sorry!) Now I can just send…
I must confess, I wouldn’t be as much of a movie fan as I am now if it weren’t for…