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The Pact (2012)

The last couple of years have been filled with horror movies who tried to capatalize on the found footage angle in order to scare it’s crowd.
Filled with jump scares, twitchy camera movements and lackluster stories, it’s about time we get a proper ‘ghost’ story with camerawork that doesn’t look like Michael J. Fox shot it.

The Pact isn’t as well promoted as let’s say ‘The Chernobyl Diaries’, in fact: it doesn’t even have its own Wikipedia page, and it’s currently only available via VOD. It will receive a proper release sometime in July and it definitely warrants your attention.

In this story we follow Annie (played by Caity Lotz) who’s recently lost her mother and to make matters worse: has a sister who disappeared mysteriously around the time of her mothers death as well. When she travels back to her childhood home, she starts experiencing weird things happening around the house.

The quality of a horror movie can be judged by a lot of factors, most common is the simple fact if its scary. The second one might very well be the quality of the people involved in making it, and last but not least: is it original?

Well, The Pact definitely has a few good scares up its sleeve, and it doesn’t always come from loud sounds and sudden camera movements. The story tries a somewhat different approach to what all of us have seen before and therefore it can be considered original in most regards.
The direction by newcomer Nicholas McCarthy is good and keeping in mind the fact that he mainly has to work with one character, which is Annie, it’s definitely an impressive feat for his first feature length movie.

Caity Lotz (who was easily the best thing happening in MTV’s short lived show ‘Death Valley’) does a great job as Annie, considering the horror she goes through, she mostly behaves like every individual would. She’s a likeable and layered character, and it’s not hard to get invested in her story.
As a supporting actor to Caity, we get Casper Van Dien, of ‘Starship Troopers’ fame, who in my opinion, is nothing more than a 2nd rate tv actor, but he does his best to hide that fact, which makes him bearable I guess.

But it’s the story itself that takes the spotlight.
It takes parts from different genres and mixes it into something that’s familiar and new at the same time.
If you’re looking for a horror movie which does it’s best to set itself apart from the rest, this is it.
To those wandering whether or not they should get more info on the story: no.
It’s got a ‘Sixth Sense’ thing about it, and it’s best to watch it unspoiled, take my word for it.

While it’s uneven at times it’s still mostly entertaining, with good direction, a great lead actress and some surprising twists, this is worth your time!

7.5/10 stars!

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2 thoughts on “The Pact (2012)

  1. no spoilers! excellent. We liked the same things about the movie. good job. this is another slow burn like The Innkeepers. cant wait to do my review of this movie as well. thanks!

    Posted by Victor De Leon | June 4, 2012, 00:07

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