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The Pact (2012)



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Movie Info

After their mother passes away, sisters 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. -- (C) IFCmore
Rating: R
Genre: Horror, Mystery & Suspense, Special Interest
Directed By:
Written By: Nicholas McCarthy
In Theaters:
On DVD: Nov 6, 2012
IFC Films - Official Site


Mark Steger
as Charles Barlow/Judas
Petra Wright
as Jennifer Glick
Sam Zuckerman
as County Clerk
Anjini Azhar
as Hindi Child
Rachael Kahne
as Waitress
Sam Ball
as Giles
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Critic Reviews for The Pact

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (9)

The explanations for what has been going on are weird, fantastical and sort of reasonable, within the context of the story, maintaining the film's sense of grounded directness up to the very end.

Full Review… | July 12, 2012
Los Angeles Times
Top Critic

McCarthy is clearly an economical director and what he gets on screen here - while hardly new - is still effective and occasionally creepy.

Full Review… | July 6, 2012
Newark Star-Ledger
Top Critic

A tightly controlled low-budget chiller whose occasional moments of unexpected special effects are set up beautifully by long periods of suspense.

Full Review… | July 6, 2012
New York Post
Top Critic

In the end, like a lot of genre movies, this one pulls from different inspirations, and so weighs in, by turns, as overly predictable and satisfyingly recognizable (part of genre cinema's one-two punch).

Full Review… | July 5, 2012
New York Times
Top Critic

In truth, there's nothing here we haven't seen before. But McCarthy, who also wrote the straightforward script, keeps the pace moving and the atmosphere eerie (if rarely terrifying).

Full Review… | July 5, 2012
New York Daily News
Top Critic

More horror movies set in the 21st century ought to integrate technology into their scares as well as Nicholas McCarthy's The Pact.

Full Review… | July 5, 2012
AV Club
Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Pact

The mystery is compelling and holds the story together in an efficient way before the very tense last twenty minutes, even though there is no pact to be seen in it (can a movie title get more generic and lazier than this?) and the direction is so annoyingly full of clichés.

Carlos Magalhães

Super Reviewer


3 3/4's ..I liked this movie. It was pretty good, right up until the last five seconds making absolutely no sense what-so-ever. Another nightmare? I don't know. But hey, 99% of creepy horror movies do this with their endings. Now, what I can't figure out is why this movie is called "The Pact." I could make a guess, but that would be pure conjecture from me. Quite honestly, there are plenty of unanswered questions, but I think we can blame editing for that. All in all, though, it gets pretty good marks from me for creepiness factor...

Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer


The Pact feels as if it's been constructed from an infinite number of inspirations stretching from classic ghost story horror cinema to the recent wave of found footage films but at the same time because of such great execution you could never actually call it generic. The story is about a woman who moves back to her childhood home to attend her mothers funeral, while she's there she get's thrown around the house by a paranormal presence and tries to find out whether or not it's the spirit of her mother. It get's more complicated as it progresses, to the point where it unfortunately becomes a bit non sensical even despite the fact there's a general lack of well concieved and intricate plotting. But after a fantastic set up and the developent of a creepy atmosphere it runs out of fresh ideas and chooses to throw out the typical cliche's aimlessly, and even adds into the mix the incredibly annoying "final jump", before the credits start to roll and doesn't end the way it should. On the plus side the acting is surpirisingly decent for a low budgeter and Nicholas McCarthy's stylistic direction and haunting visuals are genuinely creepy to the point where I wanted them to be terrifying rather than eery. I honestly wouldn't call it a scary horror film by a stretch, it's a lot creepier than the recent studio backed horror flicks, even if it doesn't explore it's mildly intriguing premise enough. Alhough nothing remarkable certainly worth a look.

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The Pact Quotes

Stevie: You've gotta go back inside of the house.
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)
Creek: You live sixteen years in this house... you have no memory of this room?
– Submitted by Chris P (3 years ago)

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