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,…
[Format: BD] Yeah, not bad that. I quite enjoyed it. Not sure why it was called what it was (I suppose I could make a couple of guesses).
I could have done without that shite final scene tacked on and the crappy rock song over the end credits.
Well worth a quid for the BD from Poundland :)
Why did that last scene happen? :/
Good paranormal horror movie with some creepy stuff. Well done.
A ghost story with a twist. It had a couple of nice scares and a cool atmosphere. Decent movie.
Deuxième visionnement (après une écoute en salle) et le film a toujours un charme malgré des moments moins réussis. En gros, McCarthy a un immense talent pour instaurer des moments de frousse d'une terrible efficacité et il y en a de taille ici, sa mise en scène étant travaillée à ce niveau tout comme l'ambiance sonore. Par contre, niveau scénario, ça titube souvent avec des scènes moyennes et pas toujours intéressantes (je me souviens d'éléments de ce genre également présents dans son second film, AT THE DEVIL'S DOOR en plus d'une temporalité variable pour ce dernier).
Ça peut en décourager certains, mais on sent une certaine qualité malgré tout et en salle, ça ne m'avait pas dérangé donc c'est peut-être…
Creepy, tense, definitely worth a watch... Steeger is brilliant. He really is a master of acting using his body.
With its slow build and hybrid of supernatural horror and psychological thriller, "The Pact" is a satisfyingly creepy little slow burn.
For my taste there's a few too many weird deus ex machinas and I don't overly love the falling action/ending, but the rest of the movie is quite nicely chilling.
Surprisingly not bad. Digital technology is used well in the story. I wish directors working at the low-budget VOD level (the new B/C/poverty row movie I guess) would try to make their horror movies a little more vivid. Movies like this are all so drained of color and verve.
Also, points are deducted for a dreadful use of generic pop rock for the end credits. Following the last shot with that music is an unforced error.
Unranked, mostly horror, a lot of Hooper; feel free to provide suggestions, but make sure that their runtimes are at…
The 2016 (2nd) edition of the list. You can see the original and more info here.
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