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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,…
First and foremost, I gotta say, the climax of this movie is nearly flawless and made it completely worth the watch. I highly recommend this to any fan of horror. However, most of the performances feel forced most of the time and during some scenes (the ones that rely heavily on dialogue) feel like they came out of a Lifetime Movie rather than an indie horror film (but that's also an element that makes it sort of cute/enjoyable for me). The Pact shines the brightest when there is any suspense involved... which is obviously great for a horror movie. Legitimate chills were sent down my spine during this and it's a movie I'll revisit whenever a friend of mine hasn't seen it.
Unfortunately, the 6-7 really cool moments/ideas can't quite make up for the many tired cliches and terrible lines of dialogue. The final product ends up somewhere in the middle.
Good spooky scenes, but that's about it.
An unnerving horror thriller that isn't what it first seems. The first spooky scene at the beginning of the film made me think it was going to be an average ghost horror but I was wrong. It's a really twisted story but nothing new enough to really scare.
Above average and fairly decent twist.
A decent little horror film. Decent story and decent performance from Caity Lotz. It definitely starts off stronger than it ends and it's not as scary as I had hoped it would be, but still worth a watch.
Effective horror thriller.
The Pact doesn't break any new ground, but it's a better than decent little thriller. Even though there are some supernatural elements, I hesitate to throw it into that catch-all genre of horror. It's a blend of mystery, horror, and I suppose just plain old drama. Not that that is a bad thing.
Annie returns to her childhood home after many years to attend her mother's funeral. Jarring events occur shortly after she re-enters the house, and she's sent on a frightening investigative mission. This is where the story is barely strung together yet it's an interesting premise. So I can look past the weaker bits.
The spooky parts are often "startles", not all necessarily jump scares, but just quick…
One-Line Review: How much each individual enjoys the film will likely vary on his or her patience, and their embracing or rejecting of the twists.
Full Mini-Review here: themovierat.com/2015/09/10/mini-review-the-pact/
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