I love slashers maybe more than anything else. I have probably a weird idea about what is/is not a 21st…
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,…
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.
This is a boring film that never even attempts to attack the very real demons that seem to be lurking underneath the surface. It's not particularly scary, nor is the mystery all that compelling.
While we see some growth from the protagonist, it's just not compelling enough to save a horror movie that forgets it's supposed to be scary every once in awhile.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Until the Quija board came out, I was pretty sold on "The Pact." The subdued style, use of silence and stillness, the believable family drama -- for most of it, this really like a breakout for director Nicholas McCarthy.
He gets a lot of scares through suggestion and a great use of shadow and sound -- until the first real supernatural reveal. That's done well, too. And it isn't like the ending ISN'T done well, but when the ghost turns out to be a benevolent -- "Oh, she just wanted the help ..." -- this starts feeling run-of-the-mill. Then to bring in a Quija board ... you bring the cliche right in along with it. Such an easy path from…
God fucking dammit! they got me again with the shitty ass movies
"I still feel like she's gonna come in and stop me smoking indoors"
The Pact is a tight, light, chiller with a nice premise that perhaps is too lightweight to constitute a feature running time, but with a few nice scares and performances there are worse horror films out there, just don't expect anything too memorable.
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
I seem to remember hearing good things about The Pact. I don't really know where I heard those things but I should probably hunt those people down and slap them. It isn't that The Pact is awful...it's just so very boring. Not in the same way people seem to think great movies like The Witch or The Babadook are boring. More like the way things are boring when literally nothing happens for the first 20 minutes then we spend another 30 minutes going through the laundry list of haunting cliches and THEN we finally get to the fairly decent last act.
I would say that the reveal is pretty good. This is a story I've seen done before…
a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
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