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Review: The Pact (Blu-ray)

26 November 2012 8:40 AM, PST | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Ghost stories are always better, and scarier, the longer motivations remain a mystery. In an occasionally jarring, though pivotal moment, the covers are removed from our eyes and everything we’ve waited for is revealed. The reveal of a building narrative in an apparition film is a difficult performance and can either undermine everything that came before it or excel the movie to the catalog of the horror elite.

With The Pact, director Nicholas McCarthy crafts two impressive, tension filled acts of legitimate scares before unfortunately succumbing to the pressure of the ominous third act.

The film is based on a short film directed by McCarthy and follows a far-flung family returning to their childhood home to attend their mother’s funeral. The film begins with a great introduction. Nichole (Agnes Bruckner) is talking to her daughter on a webcam in her recently deceased mother’s house. On her walk »

- Monte Yazzie

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Wild Bunch Moves Into Nicholas McCarthy's Home

5 November 2012 7:30 AM, PST | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Nicholas McCarthy's follow-up to Sundance hit The Pact has found a *cough* home, with premium elevated genre distributor Wild Bunch picking up his sophomore horror feature Home for France, Germany and Spain.Home tells the story of a young woman who investigates mysterious goings-on at a house where she learns the previous tenant unwittingly summoned the devil.Sonny Mallhi (The Strangers, Shutter) will produce the film, which is currently in pre-production. The deal was done by Celluloid Nightmares. UTA reps North American rights. Watch the trailer for McCarthy's previous film below. The above image is also from The Pact.  »

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Afm 2012: Distro Deals for Home and Stung; New Titles Announced Include Witch Tale Blood Shed and Dracula: The Dark Prince

5 November 2012 1:16 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

More news from the 2012 Afm: distro deals for Nicholas McCarthy's Home and Benni Diez's killer bee thriller Stung plus early info on new witch tale Blood Shed and new vamp flick Dracula: The Dark Prince.

Celluloid Nightmares has struck a multi-territory deal with Wild Bunch on Home, Nicholas McCarthy’s follow-up to Sundance hit The Pact. Wild Bunch will distribute Candlewood Entertainment’s horror film in France, Germany and Spain. Sonny Mallhi is financing and will produce the story of a young woman who investigates mysterious goings-on at a house where she learns the previous tenant unwittingly summoned the devil. UTA Independent Film Group handles North American sales. Xyz Films and Celluloid NightmaresNate Bolotin and Sarah Gabriel negotiated the deal with Wild Bunch.

Bolotin and Celluloid Nightmares have also announced a multi-territory deal with eOne on killer bee thriller Stung covering the UK, Canada, South Africa and Scandinavia, »

- The Woman In Black

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"The Pact" Breaks Its Ambitious Promise

1 November 2012 12:30 AM, PDT | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

Sometimes, in an effort to make a very simple ghost story more complex, the writer will add in a twist that muddies the water and prevents the audience from figuring out what’s going on too soon in the film. However, some ghost stories need this more than others, and a few need more than one. Nicholas McCarthy’s The Pact is one such example where the filmmaker felt the need to keep adding wrinkles, but he never thought ahead to how he might iron them out so the final revelation was actually presentable. Instead, he creases his story so many times that when we reach the end, none of the moments that made the horror film for its first two acts really make any sense and we realize it was all done for the sake of empty, thoughtless twists.

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- Lex Walker

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Afm 2012: Celluloid Dreams of Two New Genre Films - Home and Stung

24 October 2012 12:48 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Oh, Afm. How we hate that you begin on Halloween! No fun for us! At the very least, though, we're getting some of the news out early. Read on for the latest on two new horror flicks headed our way that will be at the big dance.

According to Screen Daily, Celluloid Dreams will kick off sales at the Afm next week on a pair of genre titles from Los Angeles-based Xyz Films. Home is Nicholas McCarthy’s follow-up to Sundance 2012 hit The Pact. “It centres on a young woman who investigates an incident that took place in a house where a previous occupant unwittingly summoned the Devil.” The flick, which is Not a sequel but a new film, is in pre-production. Sonny Mallhi, who served as executive producer on The Strangers, will produce.

Benni Diez will direct Stung from a screenplay by Adam Aresty about “a garden party that »

- Uncle Creepy

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The Pact's Nicholas McCarthy to Direct Home

24 October 2012 6:42 AM, PDT | shocktillyoudrop.com | See recent shocktillyoudrop news »

One film that rather surprised this writer earlier this year was Nicholas McCarthy's The Pact (pictured), which made its premiere at Sundance and was later released in a limited theatrical run.  The writer-director is now moving forward with a new film that will be entitled Home, reports Screen Daily.

According to Screen Daily, Home centers "on a young woman who investigates an incident that took place in a house where a previous occupant unwittingly summoned the Devil."

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Make a Pact on Blu-ray and DVD

9 October 2012 1:10 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

IFC Midnight is getting ready to drop its haunting tale of restless spirits, The Pact, onto Blu-ray and DVD, and we've got a look at the artwork for you along with every other detail that you need to know. Dig it!

From the Press Release

A young woman returns home for a funeral but quickly discovers that her own life may be in danger in the terrifying thriller The Pact, an IFC Midnight theatrical release making its debut on high-definition Blu-ray and DVD on November 6, 2012.

Following her abusive mother's death, the rebellious young Annie (Caity Lotz, Mad Men) reluctantly returns to her childhood home for the funeral. Annie arrives to discover that her sister Nicole (Agnes Bruckner, Blue Car, The Craigslist Killer, Dreamland), who also had returned after the death, has disappeared. While staying overnight in the empty house, Annie senses a mysterious and sinister presence: noises awaken her and »

- Uncle Creepy

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Blu-ray/DVD Release Details for The Pact

9 October 2012 11:06 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

IFC Films acquired The Pact earlier this year and will be releasing it next month on Blu-ray/DVD:

A young woman returns home for a funeral but quickly discovers that her own life may be in danger in the terrifying thriller The Pact, an IFC Midnight theatrical release making its debut on high-definition Blu-ray and DVD on November 6, 2012.

Following her abusive mother’s death, the rebellious young Annie (Caity Lotz, Mad Men) reluctantly returns to her childhood home for the funeral. Annie arrives to discover that her sister Nicole (Agnes Bruckner, Blue Car, The Craigslist Killer, Dreamland), who also had returned after the death, has disappeared. While staying overnight in the empty house, Annie senses a mysterious and sinister presence: noises awaken her and objects seem to move by themselves, among other unexplainable events. With a detective (Casper Van Dien of Starship Troopers) and a clairvoyant (Haley Hudson of Weeds »

- Jonathan James

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The Pact (2012) Movie Review

9 October 2012 8:24 AM, PDT | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

The Pact”, from debut writer director Nicholas McCarthy, has proved one of the horror sleeper hits of the year so far, earning an international big screen release and playing to positive notice at Sundance 2012. Expanded from an earlier 11-minute short by McCarthy, the low budget chiller has been going down well with both audiences and critics, despite having a premise which sounds suspiciously similar to “Paranormal Activity” and countless other recent genre yawns. Thankfully, McCarthy eschews the sadly still popular found footage route, and the film is an effective mix of modern detective mystery and old school supernatural hijinks, with Caity Lotz (“Mad Men”) as a young woman called Annie struggling to cope with her mother’s death while investigating the house where she and her now missing sister grew up. After being thrown around by an unseen and decidedly hostile force, Annie finds a hidden room with creepy spyholes, »

- James Mudge

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DVD Review: 'The Pact'

2 October 2012 12:00 AM, PDT | CineVue | See recent CineVue news »

★★☆☆☆ The 2011 Sundance Film Festival saw the premiere of Nicholas McCarthy's fourth short film. One year later, the director returns with his debut feature, a reworking of that very same short in the form of The Pact (2012). Adopting a familiar haunted house-style setup, McCarthy looks to make the film feel a bit more modern by imbuing it with a somewhat indie sensibility, allowing his ghost to interact with modern technology and a neat third act twist. Sadly, the thing that the film lacks is any real scares.

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- CineVue UK

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DVD Review - The Pact (2012)

1 October 2012 9:41 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

The Pact, 2012.

Written and Directed by Nicholas McCarthy.

Starring Caity Lotz, Casper Van Dien, Agnes Bruckner, Haley Hudson, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Samuel Ball and Mark Steger.

Synopsis:

Following her mother's death, a young woman returns to her childhood home and struggles to come to terms with memories of the past, her troubled sister's disappearance and a sinister presence in the house...

Horror and the supernatural have long held a fascination for many movie goers and this shows no sign of abating - if anything, scary movies seem to be more popular than ever. Good news then for genre fans and even better news when classily shot and curiously devised films such as The Pact are released.

Focusing on the troubled family of recently deceased mother and her two daughters Annie (Caity Lotz) and Nicole (Agnes Bruckner), The Pact is an unsettling piece eloquently dissecting warped human relationships. Featuring better acting »

- flickeringmyth

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New Motion Poster & Clip From ‘The Pact’!

28 September 2012 9:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Nicholas McCarthy’s unsettling, low-budget spookfest The Pact surprised many moviegoers at the box-office earlier this year. The film is set to be released on DVD and Blu-ray from 1st October (read our review here) and to celebrate the forthcoming release, we have the new motion poster and exclusive clip from the creepy tale that centres on Annie (Caity Lotz) and her attempt to return to the childhood home that holds many horrific memories for her, and uncover the mystery of her missing sister.

Their are few neat twists and turns in The Pact, that mark McCarthy and star Lotz as up and coming major talents in Hollywood. Expect big things in the future!

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- Craig Hunter

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DVD Review: The Pact

26 September 2012 2:01 AM, PDT | Blogomatic3000 | See recent Blogomatic3000 news »

The Pact

Stars: Caity Lotz, Casper Van Dien, Agnes Bruckner, Haley Hudson | Written and Directed by Nicholas McCarthy

There’s nothing wrong with a film not being groundbreaking, particularly in the horror genre, and Nicholas McCarthy’s The Pact certainly isn’t. And that’s not a problem if you do all the stereotypes well, and give your audience a good scare.

Following the death of her abusive mother, Nicole (Bruckner) returns to her childhood home to sort through her mother’s things. The following morning, her sister Annie (Lotz) very reluctantly joins her, but Nicole is nowhere to be found, and shortly after arriving, their cousin Liz also goes missing. What follows is Annie’s search for her sister and the secrets she uncovers along the way. Based on McCarthy’s own short, the film doesn’t set out with the intention of doing anything different with the genre. »

- Maahin

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The Pact DVD Review

25 September 2012 8:00 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Nicholas McCarthy

Starring: Caity Lotz, Agnes Bruckner, Casper Van Dien, Mark Steger, Haley Hudson

Running time: 89 Minutes

Certificate: 15

Synopsis: Following the death of her mother, a woman struggling to deal with her past reluctantly returns to her childhood home, only to discover an unsettling supernatural presence…

The Pact is the second horror film in quick succession I’ve seen that models itself on something all too familiar, before ultimately turning into something else entirely (the first being Pascal Laugier’s The Tall Man which you can read our review of Here). This, by the way, is a great thing, especially if like me, you’re sick and tired of dire genre offerings from the cliched Paranormal Activity franchise and such the like. Yes, The Pact has a twist, much like other recent horrors that have attempted to play a trump card in hopes of being touted as a pioneer, »

- Craig Hunter

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The Pact Doesn't Quite Keep Its End Of The Bargain On UK Blu-Ray

23 September 2012 2:30 PM, PDT | Screen Anarchy | See recent Screen Anarchy news »

Nicholas McCarthy's The Pact promises an intriguing mash-up of ghost story and serial killer flick, permeated by psychological troubles and murky secrets from the past. It focuses on the appealingly self-reliant Annie (Caity Lotz), beckoned home by her estranged sister Nicole when their abusive mother dies. On arrival it becomes apparent Nicole has gone missing, and before long things start to go bump in the night. As it all gets progressively more alarming (and dangerous) Annie dives into the past to unravel a family mystery and find out what the hell is going on.  The Pact has split people here at Twitch with Alex Koehne enjoying the Sundance screening and concluding: "The character histories might be painted with fairly broad strokes, but with a mystery plot full of red »

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Exclusive Look at the new Motion Poster and Clip for The Pact

21 September 2012 4:30 AM, PDT | HeyUGuys.co.uk | See recent HeyUGuys news »

Back in 2011 writer director Nicholas McCarthy brought his short horror film The Pact to Sundance where it gained enough momentum to secure funding for a full length feature.

A year later McCarthy was back to premiere his feature debut, with Caity Lotz replacing Jewel Staite in the lead role with Casper van Dien in support to tell the story of a woman reeling from the death of her Mother and the subsequent disappearance of his sister and cousin.

The film is out on Blu-ray and DVD on the 1st of October and we’ve got a brief clip to set the scene as well as the new motion posters which seems to be what all the cool kids are doing at the moment. The clip has a nasty end to it so be warned. It’s not exactly Nsfw but it’s not puppies and cupcakes.

Here’s the clip, »

- Jon Lyus

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Sundance ShortsLab La: 12 Filmmaking Lessons from Jonze, Groth, 'The Pact' and More

13 August 2012 11:45 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

This weekend's Sundance ShortsLab La panels offered a wealth of useful gleanings. Held at Google's Venice offices, panels included Story Development (director Spike Jonze and longtime editor Eric Zumbrunnen), Collaboration (director Azazel Jacobs, cinematographer Pj Raval, editor Annette Davey, production designer Kk Barrett, and moderator Matthew Harrison) and Working with Actors (Joshua Leonard, Nick Offerman, Gina Rodriguez, and moderator Matt Ross). Sundance director of programming Trevor Groth and programmers Landon Zakheim and Mike Plante also shared info and advice about submitting to the festival, presenting a case study on filmmaker Nicholas McCarthy's short film "The Pact" and its journey into becoming a feature within a year of playing at Sundance. Below are 12 key lessions for filmmakers--and anyone planning to collaborate in the medium. Story Development 1. Make it for yourself, make it your own. If you don't »

- Sophia Savage

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UK Homes Will Accept The Pact This October

3 August 2012 5:20 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

One of this year’s surprisingly well-received sleepers, Nicholas McCarthy’s unsettling The Pact (review), is ready to spook up UK homes on DVD and Blu-ray come October 1st, courtesy of Entertainment One.

Synopsis:

Following the death of her mother, Annie receives a phone call from her former drug addict sister, Nicole, imploring her to come back to visit their family home and to attend their mother’s funeral. Still tortured by memories of a troubled childhood, Annie is reluctant to revisit the past but eventually agrees to Nicole’ request. However, on arrival at the house she finds no trace of her sister, and when Nicole fails to turn up at the funeral, Annie assumes she has relapsed into drug use as a way of dealing with her loss. Not wishing to spend the night alone in her mother’s house, Annie invites her cousin, Liz, and Nicole’s estranged young daughter to stay over. »

- Pestilence

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The Pact Review

2 August 2012 8:25 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

It’s a miracle I’m still even able to stay alone in my own home after exposing myself to numerous stories of haunted houses. I’ve seen it all from possessions, stalkers, killers, ghosts, zombies, boogie men – yet I keep pressing on. Nicholas McCarthy’s independent feature The Pact was my latest foray into a pastime that will undoubtably send me into a paranoid frenzy, finding another house of horrors and new victims to torment. I’ve still got plenty of reasons to fear the dark after watching McCarthy’s chilling thriller, but sadly I won’t be losing any extra sleep.

Now being an independent film, I have to give our novice director credit for establishing some skin crawling shots. Jolted by quick bursts of fear, McCarthy used all the same horror set ups where we knew an inevitable trap waited for unsuspecting characters. Uncovering a hidden room »

- Matt Donato

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The Pact

20 July 2012 9:59 AM, PDT | Underground Film Journal | See recent Underground Film Journal news »

The Pact, the feature directing debut of Nicholas McCarthy, is a refreshing and effectively scary horror movie hybrid, a gimmick-less thriller produced in an age when gimmicks are pounding the genre to death.

McCarthy has crafted a lean, no-nonsene, low-budget indie flick. It is not comprised of phony “found footage.” It’s not shot in the first person. It’s not a reboot of a beloved franchise. It’s not in 3-D, nor would 3-D enhance any of the frights. It’s not a sequel. And, spoiler alert I suppose, it doesn’t have any vampires nor zombies.

That all said, The Pact shouldn’t be particularly praised for what it is not, but for what it is. As McCarthy proven with his previous short films, such as Chinese Box and a short version of The Pact from which the feature is derived, he is particularly good at establishing mood and atmosphere, »

- Mike Everleth

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