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,…
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There are some aspects of the production of this phone that would be considered quite good. Even the acting is neither overdone nor completely lackluster though there are some weird dialogue choices. Mostly it's the lack of anything actually happening for so long that makes this a big flop. There are almost no effects so they can't be judged. I'm not even sure how to explain that one. It's not bad enough to incite someone to continue watching it and admittedly at some point I almost fell asleep. This is coming from somebody who turned out the light to watch a scary movie knowing that even if it wasn't scary I'd be freaked out because I'm a wimp that way.…
I actually quite enjoyed this. Well, it wasn't terrible. I had low expectations going in, but it didn't rely on gore or too many jump scares, so it wasn't as bad as I thought it might be. Caity Lotz was not unattractive during it, and her bike was nice too.
Watched this as a double bill and while it was off to a rocky start, it actually went down a few unexpected routes. Big fan of the mostly female cast that - by horror movie standards - wasn't insanely oversexualised.
I wish we had gotten more exploration of the killers' back story, but I decided to give it the benefit of the doubt in the hopes it would be addressed further in the sequel. Alas.
lol @ the goth girl's name being Stevie BECAUSE SHE'S A WITCH
"The Pact" was a surprisingly good horror film. I am a big fan of horror films, but lately they all seem to be treated and executed very poorly, but not this film.
This film was genuinely suspenseful and creepy. The direction was very good, it constantly had us on the edge of our seats wondering what would happen next. The director kept the tension in the air very effectively, by not using constant jump scares, that very simply break any tension of a certain scene. You are constantly waiting for something to happen in certain scenes and sometimes nothing happens. Even though there were a few jump scares, they were used just at the proper time and they never felt…
I won't bother repeating the plot; instead, I'll tell you what makes this a film worth a look.
1. GOOD CREEPY: there are more than a couple of moments where the scene will genuinely weird you out and make you anxious. Think shots down odd, narrow hallways, a house with rooms seemingly scattered and not built with blueprints, and strategic use of lighting (or lack thereof). Excellent recipe for creating tension and anxiety in your viewer. I think everyone has lived or been somewhere that a hall or a certain part of a house freaked them out as kids and would still do so even in adulthood. This film appreciates that and plays on your sensitivities.
2. NOT ALL ABOUT…
A simple, well made ghost story. No, it wasn't perfect. There were a few plot holes, but they were forgivable. It had been a while since I'd seen a film use silence so effectively, and have the confidence not to rupture it with SUDDEN LOUD SCARY NOISES!! Kudos to the film makers for imbuing slow zooms with such heavy dread. Enough so that I caught myself occasionally looking away from the screen. All right, so the story lost a little of its charm when the big secret was revealed. But, again, forgivable. Outside of those complaints, there were none. Solid acting, even pacing, efficient dialogue, and it made good use of its small budget. Oh, wait, there was one. The poster art was terrible. The movie, though, was worth watching.
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