Writer: Nicolas McCarthy (Screenplay)
Starring: Caity Lotz, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Sam Bell, Mark Steger, Agnew Bruckner, Casper Van Dien, Dakota Bright, Petra Wright
Plot: As a woman struggles to come to grips with her past in the wake of her mother’s death, an unsettling presence emerges in her childhood home.
There may be spoilers the rest of the review
Verdict: Ghost Whisper
Story: The Pact starts by introducing Nicole (Bruckner) trying to get her sister Annie (Lotz) to return to their childhood home to attend their mother’s funeral. Nicole gets an uncomfortable feeling that she is being watched and followed around her own house before investigating an open door to a dark room, and we will have to wait to see what that was.
We now meet Annie on her way back to the home but is unable to find her sister there, thinking she may have just slipped off the wagon she stays to see if she returns before getting a string of nightmares and strange occurrences. It soon becomes apparent that there is a presence in the house haunting Annie, her cousin Liz (Perkins) and Nicole’s daughter Eva (Bright).
Annie heads to the police and no one believes the story until Creek (Van Dien) offers to hear out the story because he knows the sister. After Liz vanishes Annie refuses to return to the home but stays in town, she continues to get the nightmares as well as investigating a GPS signal sent to her phone. After return to the home with Creek, Annie discovers a secret room that could spy on the whole house. Delving deeper into what could have happen we learn about a potential serial killer and secrets from within the family that could give away the answers to what happened.
The Pact is a film that is really going to make me want to rant. First off (and I am going to use block capitals) HOW THE HELL DO YOU NOT KNOW THERE IS A SECRET ROOM IN A HOUSE YOU HAVE LIVED IN YOUR WHOLE LIFE? That was the one biggest flaw I found in this film that does actually follow the lines of a general ghost haunting investigation based film. I do understand how it tried to pull in plenty of different sub-genres but when it is all set and done that is all it was. It doesn’t offer too many surprises and by the end of it all we are left wondering how certain things could have been missed from the childhood. (5/10)
Caity Lotz: Annie our returning home after losing a loved one that then gets haunted character, who then has to do all the investigating to see what is going on. Caity does a solid job as the leading lady but because the film over confuses a simple idea the fear comes off very mixed. (5/10)
Support Cast: The Pact doesn’t have the biggest supporting cast and of the few it has they only turn up in a couple of scenes. We have the family members who have died or disappear leaving extra responsibility on our lead, we have the cop who makes rookie mistakes while trying to redeem himself and the paranormal communicator who is outside the box.
Director Review: Nicolas McCarthy – Nicolas does a good job with this, he offers a couple of scares and a story that could be very interesting for a franchise. (6/10)
Horror: The Pact doesn’t give you as many scares as possible but when you think about what happens it turns out to be a very scary situation. (7/10)
Mystery: The Pact offers a mystery about what happened to the sister and cousin while Annie has to try and solve it. (7/10)
Thriller: The Pact doesn’t really keep us guessing as much as it could. (4/10)
Settings: The Pact does try to shock with how close to home the truth really easy with the settings. (8/10)
Special Effects: The Pact has a couple of good effects with the levitating scenes. (7/10)
Suggestion: The Pact is one of the horror fans to try, I can’t promise it will be a favourite but it has its moments. (Horror Fans Try)
Best Part: Ouija scene.
Worst Part: Not knowing the size of your own house.
Scariest Scene: Annie’s night after the funeral.
Believability: No (0/10)
Chances of Tears: No (0/10)
Chances of Sequel: Has one sequel.
Post Credits Scene: No
Oscar Chances: No
Runtime: 1 Hour 29 Minutes
Tagline: The Future Is In Their Hands
Overall: Creepy thriller if you ignore certain things