The Pact (2012) Review

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Two sisters Nicole and Annie return to their childhood home after their mother dies and reluctantly go to pay their respects at her funeral. Annie’s sister and cousin mysteriously disappear while staying at the house and it’s up to Annie to find out what happened to them as she has a feeling the house has something to do with the strange and mysterious goings on. As Annie investigates further into the house and her family’s history, horrifying truths surface with disturbing consequences.

The trailer for ‘The Pact’ didn’t really excite or interest me so I wasn’t expecting much from this film. I was surprised to find myself absolutely loving this film and petrified by the end of the movie and as a directorial debut by Nicholas McCathy who also wrote the script its pretty damn good.

The acting is spot on especially from (Haley Hudson) who has a brief role as medium Stevie and lead Annie (Caity Lotz) It was also great to see Casper Van Dien on the big screen again instead of his usual made for television rubbish.

The film starts off as a single story but half way through the film heads in a slightly different direction that starts to reveal numerous layers of history and content that makes the film that much more interesting than your average supernatural flick.

I have seen some reviews where some have moaned that The Pact and the different direction it takes in the second half should really have been two separate films. This is nonsense, the two link perfectly together and the concept gives the film an extra edge and adds a real element of depth to the film.

The house and its settings are the centre piece of The Pact. The lighting, interior and shadows that the house projects creates a creepy and unsettling atmosphere that screams through the screen and allows you to enter the paranoid state of main character Annie.

I never get chills or get spooked by horror films but The Pact made my heart jump and pound throughout and I have to thank it for that as I never thought I would see the day again when a film would do that to me.

The only negative I can say about this film is that I would of liked to of seen more of  the characters pasts, but at the same time films can become tedious when they over do the back story and feed us too much information. Sometimes it’s best to be left unseen as your mind wonders and makes up the stuff in between which can be just as disturbing as seeing it visually on screen.

I suggest you go rent/buy The Pact, go home, turn off all the lights and watch this film alone and you will not be disappointed.

Two sisters Nicole and Annie return to their childhood home after their mother dies and reluctantly go to pay their respects at her funeral. Annie’s sister and cousin mysteriously disappear while staying at the house and it’s up to Annie to find out what happened to them as she has a feeling the house has something to do with the strange and mysterious goings on. As Annie investigates further into the house and her family’s history, horrifying truths surface with disturbing consequences.

The trailer for ‘The Pact’ didn’t really excite or interest me so I wasn’t expecting much from this film. I was surprised to find myself absolutely loving this film and petrified by the end of the movie and as a directorial debut by Nicholas McCathy who also wrote the script its pretty damn good.

The acting is spot on especially from (Haley Hudson) who has a brief role as medium Stevie and lead Annie (Caity Lotz) It was also great to see Casper Van Dien on the big screen again instead of his usual made for television rubbish.

The film starts off as a single story but half way through the film heads in a slightly different direction that starts to reveal numerous layers of history and content that makes the film that much more interesting than your average supernatural flick.

I have seen some reviews where some have moaned that The Pact and the different direction it takes in the second half should really have been two separate films. This is nonsense, the two link perfectly together and the concept gives the film an extra edge and adds a real element of depth to the film.

The house and its settings are the centre piece of The Pact. The lighting, interior and shadows that the house projects creates a creepy and unsettling atmosphere that screams through the screen and allows you to enter the paranoid state of main character Annie.

I never get chills or get spooked by horror films but The Pact made my heart jump and pound throughout and I have to thank it for that as I never thought I would see the day again when a film would do that to me.

The only negative I can say about this film is that I would of liked to of seen more of  the characters pasts, but at the same time films can become tedious when they over do the back story and feed us too much information. Sometimes it’s best to be left unseen as your mind wonders and makes up the stuff in between which can be just as disturbing as seeing it visually on screen.

I suggest you go rent/buy The Pact, go home, turn off all the lights and watch this film alone and you will not be disappointed.

Rating: 8/10

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