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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…
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,…
En The Pact conviven dos películas y una es capaz de provocar escalofríos el primer domingo de agosto en Madrid. La otra, no está mal, pero es un poco el comodín del público. Pero estupenda, eh.
A genuinely creepy chiller,this has just enough supernatural intrigue to have you hooked. Atmospheric and dark with a distinctly eerie feel this is a decent little shocker.
I must say that I'm not great with horror films but my wife enjoys them so I get roped into them every so often. Chills aplenty as a grown-up daughter returns to the family home after the death of her abusive mother. When the girls sister disappears mysteriously,she searches in vain but is attacked in the house by an unseen force. Cue the usual policeman who suspects foul play,Ouija boards and a freakish looking psychic.
Scares aplenty,visuals that will make your hair stand up and some truly creepy goings-on with a sinister ending. Not my cup of tea but good nonetheless.
The only film I've ever walked out of the cinema, life's too short.
I liked the poster and final credits sequence more than the film but it's a solid directorial debut, albeit a cliched one. Watched in preparation for his next film Home which is showing at SXSW and I'm excited for as it has Santana from Glee in.
I actually really enjoyed most of this film. I am a big fan of Bruckner and she had a nice bit part to start the film, and the girl who played the district was quite good too.
The tension was great, I loved the scene with the psychic, and it actually had a few good scares.
But I really disliked the ending, as I couldn't buy that twist. Like how would nobody know for all those years. And the very end, the last scene, really did not like that.
I had been waiting to see The Pact for a very long time, ever since I read Caity Lotz's tweets about it. I love that girl -- crazy talented and beautiful to boot. And I was like, "What? Casper Van Dien of Starship Troopers fame?" but he was really good as a skeptical cop in this film. The thing that stands out most about The Pact is the way it was shot and the subsequent atmosphere. I could watch this movie again and again for that alone. It's also not what you think when you go into it, though there are clues along the way pointing to what the heck's afoot. Stevie, the blind medium which is consulted in the film, is eerie and the best representation of that kind of character in horror EVER. Believable and raw and easily one of the best parts of the movie. Another one that's not the scariest, but is quite unsettling all around.
Horror thrillernya lumayan membuat saya takut nonton film ini saat sendiri dirumah :))
ACE. Good solid scary horror with some real shocking moments.
This movie's okay, but has very little meat on the bones (I've learned since that there was a short film that was turned into a feature, explains a lot) but it's not terrible. Some decent effects work, a decent enough short story, plus it's always nice to see Casper Van Dien!
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
Here is an example of low-budget indie horror done well. It's an extremely slow burn but it managed to keep me hooked the entire time. And by the end, it threw out a twist that I've never seen before so that's a huge point in it's favor.
The bulk of the story is told from the point of view of Annie, played by the gorgeous Caity Lotz (Black Canary on Arrow) who reluctantly returns to her dead mother's house to look for her sister Liz who has disappeared just days after bugging Annie to come to their mother's funeral. We're shown some vague hints at abuse by the mother toward the two girls in order to establish feelings of resentment,…
Normally I find ghost stories scarier than other type of horror, but The Pact isn't that scary to be honest.
Still, apart from that and the clichés every ghost movie has, it turns the course of the story getting a bit more interesting in the second half.
I expected more, but it's still an entertaining horror movie with decent acting, some chills and a fairly smart lead character despite being blonde.
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