Loved this movie! A great thriller. This movie contains all aspects of a scary movie from psychological to murder to paranormal. And, the viewer isn't sure doesn't readily figure out what happens. The director assumes an intelligent audience.The lead actress does an excellent, intellect job in her performance. She's believable throughout the entire movie, even as her character progresses throughout the movie as the story unfolds. You even find yourself rooting for the good- looking, somewhat dim-witted cop who is trying to help our heroine. There's an excellent performance by <more>
the blind psychic -- I was ready to dismiss her character and found myself really liking and loving her character. The sad twist in this movie is that in trying to help someone beloved you hurt the ones you probably care about the very most. It's a good one. Go see it!
Intelligent as a horror can be. Great art direction and photography that create a real suburban grubby atmosphere. No stupid dialogues, no screaming fragile characters. No prediction of who's being killed next. The twist? Half of the supernatural clichés are in fact real. And the plausibility is what can make one feels really horrified. Who hasn't got a whole in the wall?Some elements appear quite without explanation. A floor plan and a psychic out of nowhere. But they're all excusable in the context. It's a horror. And both are after all, quite real too.For the paranoids and <more>
those who like wondering if the film's story can happen in their life, The Pact will hit the spot. Forget the unnatural creatures. Be aware of your relatives.
A Priceless, Little Gem of a Movie (by patrick-cawley)
I saw this recently and really loved it. It is an outstanding little flick, a real edge of the seat thriller/horror that was in no way predictable. There were some great performances, too, especially from the lead actress Caity Lotz as Annie. I have to be honest; I was really scared during certain scenes while watching this, something that does not normally happen to me - I am a 54 year-old-male and do not scare easily. My wife loved it too; she doesn't ordinarily enjoy horrors, but she did this one. Why was it so good? It had a great story, for one, but aside from that it had real, <more>
genuine suspense and some actual frightening moments. Check it out!
Brilliant movie, for lovers of quality, not for mindless popcorn movie people (by poetryminstrell)
This film is simply superb, no matter what your average 17 year old blockbuster movie viewers say about this classic horror gem.First of all, the cinematography is simply wonderful. It has very nice camera work, using unusual angles, and it shows us a great editing of the filmed scenes.Second, the pacing of this film is consistent, and suspenseful. It builds up, as it should, by the start of our story, then adding the exact amount of information and depth to the storyline and characters, to leave the viewer with an eerie sense of unease, along with a need to find out what's going to <more>
happen next.There are scenes with absolutely no score, giving this film a classic 70's feel, but when there's a score it's scary violins and cello's. Another thing which adds to the mood of this gem.the lead actress Caity Lotz is doing a wonderful job in my honest opinion, playing the role of a victim of domestic abuse. The abuse, which is supposed to have happened when she and her sister grew up at their mothers house as children, isn't explained to the letter. I loved this, because it leaves the viewer use his/her imagination as to what horrors they went through. I can understand the low ratings, since nowadays people only get to see or are only able to understand simple movies, which are sure to make millions by using a simpleton movie formula. This movie doesn't go down that path. It invokes you to get involved, and figure stuff out for yourself, like films used to do before box office money was the only thing involved in making movies.Casper van Dien was a nice surprise to see. The man proves he can do more than his career prior to this movie led you to believe.To wrap things up, here's my personal account of watching this movie. It scared the hell out of me at times, it gave me goosebumps, and it took me on a ride of wanting to find out what the hell was going on. Being a fan of horror movies in the broadest sense of the genre , I absolutely loved this film.If you like movies made that call upon your intelligence, empathy and emotions....this film is for you.If you like mindless-sure-thing-Hollywood-blockbuster, then pass this one because you're not equipped to appreciate this movie.9 out of 10
Underrated indie horror gem and my favourite horror film of the year (by Boris_Day)
When I rented this I thought that for some reason this is part of the recent, underwhelming wave of exorcism films. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this features no Catholic propaganda and biblical incantations and after having watched The Pact twice now the second time with a group of friends who all really liked it , I regard it as the best horror film I've seen this year.The Pact doesn't re-invent the wheel, it is a fairly traditional ghost story with touches of MR James and J-horror in its use of "haunted technology" , but it is the best directed horror <more>
film I've seen this year. The cinematography is always inventive without being flashy, establishing a real sense of place, important for any haunted house film. It also has fantastic sound design. The film avoids cheap jump scares to build a slow burning atmosphere of genuine dread. While neither weird nor surreal, the way the film generates scares reminded me more of David Lynch, than the cheap shock tactics you usually get in this type of film. I saw Lynch especially in the way a character gets swallowed up by the darkness behind a door. A scene set to a deafening rock music drone is reminiscent of a sequence from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me. After the rather poor period haunted house films I've seen recently The Woman in Black, The Awakening , which rely on all the clichés of the genre dolls upon creepy dolls, ghostly children in white make up failing to look scary I loved how this was set in an impoverished, modern blue collar town in the US. The house itself looks just slightly 'off' with a 'wrong' layout and subtly oppressive wallpaper, instead of being decorated like amusement park ghost ride.The way the mystery slowly unfolds is cleverly handled and satisfying and really quite creepy when you think about it . This makes for a great re-watch, when I picked up on a lot of hints and details that I missed first time round. I'd never heard of lead actress Caity Lotz before. Playing a character who is tough on the outside but also quite vulnerable due to a traumatic past, she did a fantastic job anchoring the film emotionally. The fragile looking actress who plays the role of the medium you often get in haunted house films here seemingly recruited from a crack den looks and gives a performance that is genuinely disturbing. I had not seen Casper Van Dien in anything since Sleepy Hollow. His "He-Man" face always struck me as slightly comical, but he is fine as a sympathetic cop, looking a little more grizzled than in his Starship Trooper daysIn some ways the film is reminiscent of the Kevin Bacon starring Stir of Echoes from the 90s, but I think this does a better job with similar material.The Pact is only let down by the 'blah' title and awful promotional art, which looks like the dated looking CGI spook from The Frighteners, a visual that doesn't appear anywhere in the film.
Going by the reviews, I assumed this movie would be neither horrific nor have much suspense. I was wrong! It is definitely not for the faint of heart. By the end of the movie, I was hoping for it to get over , not because it's bad,but because I was that scared! The lead actress has done a great job and the movie has a lot of thrills and chills. The supporting cast has also been chosen well, which makes the movie all the more believable and hence,scary. I am not a big horror fan ,but that said, horror movies don't easily scare me. But this one did and how! The pact will be a treat for <more>
the horror buffs. The rest, please look elsewhere. 9 points only because it does full justice to the horror-thriller-suspense genre.
Fun and scary, with a great lead performance. Worth checking out! (by stsinger)
"The Pact" is a treat for fans of this type of horror/thriller film. The basic plot seems simple enough -- a young woman's sister convinces her to come back for their mother's funeral, despite the fact that the two sisters were estranged from their mother for a while. When she comes back, her sister is gone, and strange, supernatural things begin to happen..."The Pact" has a lot going for it. First of all, there is no forced romance to make us roll our eyes. Secondly, the lead character behaves like you'd expect a person to behave! When weird things start <more>
happening, she books out of the house. When she has to go back, she brings a policeman. When she gets in danger, she screams and flails and kicks. There are still some "Why is she doing that?" sequences, but a LOT less than usual in this type of film. And finally, NO IDIOTIC TWIST ENDING THAT MAKES NO SENSE BASED ON THE REST OF THE MOVIE! But the best thing this film has going for it is Caity Lotz. The best part, by far, of MTV's cool but sadly departed "Death Valley," Caity is very easy on the eyes and she really shines in this role -- it's a virtuoso performance. And it needed to be -- a good portion of the film is her alone, so the entire film is on her shoulders and she carries it off. Very impressive, and I hope we get to see more of her in the future.The film is not perfect -- a major plot is given away in a serious "deus ex machina" moment, there are some plot holes that the movie ignores, and I'm still not totally sure what the very last shot of the film is supposed to mean maybe it will be explained when the DVD is released . But there is WAAAAY more good than bad, and it's worth seeing and supporting.
This movie has gotten a lot of terrible reviews here, so I feel the need to add another positive one. If you love horror movies and don't confuse "gory" with "scary" - and if everything doesn't have to be spelled out for you in an unrealistic expository scene - don't miss this gem.Most horror movies either insult the audience a little by over-explaining, or they leave many elements simply unexplained which can be a plus too. This one actually gives you all the clues you need to put it together and get the answers. Really, it's all there - if you are <more>
observant, you don't need the characters to spell it out for you. I found the characters and dialog very believable for a horror film, of course. And a HUGE plus - no fake scares. Plenty of real ones. My boyfriend screamed out loud once, and I don't think I've ever heard him do that. I give it 8/10 because while I'm not likely to put it in my top ten films of all time, it was an immensely entertaining movie.
A Very Well-Done Low Budget Horror Film (by BobbyGuerrieri)
Written and directed by Nicholas McCarthy, "The Pact" stars Caity Lotz as Annie, a young woman who returns to her childhood home following the death of her mother. Her sister and cousin have disappeared and it appears that there is some supernatural entity inhabiting the house. As Annie digs deeper, she learns of a serial killer whose last victim may have had some kind of connection to her mother. Annie begins putting the information together, revealing shocking and terrifying secrets.Sound clichéd? Well believe me, it's not. What starts out as your typical run-of-the-mill <more>
haunted house film becomes one of the most intriguing and horrifying horror movies of the year. Not many movies scare me half as badly as "The Pact" did. I can tell you honestly that this film messed with my head and left me fearing my own house.Caity Lotz does a great acting job, especially since she has such little dialogue. She really gets her feelings across by body movement and facial expressions. Another actress who really stands out is Haley Hudson, who plays Stevie, Annie's friend who just happens to be able to contact the dead. It is her character that scared me the most.The movie also has some very good cinematography, especially when Annie walking throughout the house. Rather than constantly cut to new angle every time she turns a corner, the camera follows her with one continuous shot, immensely adding to the suspense.The best part about the movie is that it doesn't assume that the audience is stupid. One of my least favorite things is when all questions are answered by the characters talking to themselves, or even to other characters. In "The Pact" the audience is given the information, and we are required to put it together ourselves. I have seen the movie twice now and certainly picked up on some small things that I missed in my first viewing. The final plot surprise terrified me and I definitely won't forget it anytime soon. I didn't care for the very end as in the closing shot , but it didn't ruin the whole movie for me.Overall, "The Pact" is one of the scariest movies this year and a very well done horror movie. Not many low-budget horror movies are able to maintain the constant level of suspense that "The Pact" did. I highly recommend this to any horror fan. "The Pact" is currently available on Netflix Instant Streaming.bobbysteenmoviereviews.blogspot.com