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.
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 different to other horror movies at that time, and I'm talking about 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.
Before seeing The Pact I…
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,…
When two sisters have to start the process of dividing up their dead mother's possessions in the old family house, they are haunted by bad memories... and maybe something else.
The Pact suffers big-time from being all too similar to a thousand other "spook house" movies. And even worse, it's boring. Boring, boring, boring. And the big reveal at the end of the movie kinda makes the movie worse than if they stayed the course with no twists. All in all, I couldn't be bothered to care about this movie at all.
I'm not too surprised that this was originally a short. The good things about it were the concept (I do enjoy a genre twist) and the execution - and the actress, but it was extremely disjointed and left too many things unclear in an unsatisfying way.
Wow good stuff. Been waiting to watch this for some reason and I guess part 2 coming out is as good a reason as any. I liked it. It’s not without flaws but it’s a fun watch in the dark for sure. Definitely a niche in the genre that I like. Hope to see more like it.
A woman travels to attend the funeral of the mother she never got along with. After the disappearances of her sister and cousin in her mother's house, she realizes that there is a ghost haunting the premises. Good atmospheric slow burn horror/mystery that stands out by mostly avoiding typical formulaic scare tactics.
The Pact is an above average horror/mystery/thriller, but only very slightly above average.
It has some creepy atmosphere, an effective score and nice camerawork at times. However, the villain is not very scary and by the end I was a bit disappointed with it overall and felt that it could have done more with the premise.
While the atmosphere/affect I experienced during my initial viewing failed to hold up on a second viewing, I still think this is one of the stronger straight-forward horror flicks of recent years.
Unlike most modern day horror movies, "The Pact" uses its creepy atmosphere and use of jump scares THAT AREN'T FALSE to scare you, and for the most part, it's pretty effective. Caity Lotz turns in a solid performance, the cinematography is good, and there are a lot of tension building scenes that have a great pay off. But its bad pacing and sort of cliché premise hold it down, along with a couple of jump scares that though they weren't false, they weren't scary; but overall, "The Pact" is a solid horror flick.
Damals falsch eingetragen, weil ich ihn mit dem gleichnamigen Kurzfilm verwechselt hatte... also noch mal:
Unterdurchschnittlicher Geisterfilm, der zu wenig gruselt und sich zu sehr in die Länge zieht. Nichts daran ist wirklich ärgerlich, aber es gibt halt auch nichts zu loben. Die Auflösung der Geschichte war zwar ganz interessant, aber das war's auch schon.
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