The Pact (2012)
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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.
McCarthy is clearly an economical director and what he gets on screen here - while hardly new - is still effective and occasionally creepy.
A tightly controlled low-budget chiller whose occasional moments of unexpected special effects are set up beautifully by long periods of suspense.
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).
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).
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.
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...
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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