MOVIEmeter
Top 5000
Down 672 this week

The Pact (II) (2012)

 -  Horror | Mystery | Thriller  -  8 June 2012 (UK)
5.8
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 5.8/10 from 14,396 users   Metascore: 54/100
Reviews: 120 user | 153 critic | 10 from Metacritic.com

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.

Director:

Watch Trailer
0Check in
0Share...

Watch Now

From $2.99 on Amazon Instant Video

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 24 titles
created 21 Dec 2011
 
a list of 39 titles
created 05 Aug 2012
 
a list of 46 titles
created 12 Oct 2012
 
a list of 36 titles
created 7 months ago
 
a list of 29 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Related Items

Search for "The Pact" on Amazon.com

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Pact (2012)

The Pact (2012) on IMDb 5.8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Pact.
1 nomination. See more awards »

Videos

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

The Pact II (2014)
Horror | Mystery | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 4.4/10 X  

A woman who is plagued by nightmares involving a serial killer learns her dreams have a horrifying connection to the real world.

Directors: Dallas Richard Hallam, Patrick Horvath
Stars: Caity Lotz, Camilla Luddington, Scott Michael Foster
The Pact II (2011)
Short | Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

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.

Director: Nicholas McCarthy
Stars: Jewel Staite, Sam Ball, Heather Habecker
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.5/10 X  

During the final days at the Yankee Pedlar Inn, two employees determined to reveal the hotel's haunted past begin to experience disturbing events as old guests check in for a stay.

Director: Ti West
Stars: Sara Paxton, Pat Healy, Kelly McGillis
The Pact (2006)
Documentary
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

A gritty, provocative true-life story of three friends from the 'hood, Rameck Hunt, Sampson Davis, and George Jenkins, who made a pact in high school to find a way to go to college and then... See full summary »

Director: Andrea Kalin
Stars: Amina Baraka, Amiri Baraka, Malique 'Kenny' Bazemore
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5/10 X  

When ambitious young real estate agent Leigh is asked to sell a house with a checkered past, she crosses paths with a disturbed girl whom she learns is the runaway daughter of the couple ... See full summary »

Director: Nicholas McCarthy
Stars: Ava Acres, Arshad Aslam, Jan Broberg
Chained I (2012)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.4/10 X  

Bob, a cab-driving serial killer who stalks his prey on the city streets alongside his reluctant protégé Tim, who must make a life or death choice between following in Bob's footsteps or breaking free from his captor.

Director: Jennifer Chambers Lynch
Stars: Vincent D'Onofrio, Eamon Farren, Evan Bird
The Possession I (2012)
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

A young girl buys an antique box at a yard sale, unaware that inside the collectible lives a malicious ancient spirit. The girl's father teams with his ex-wife to find a way to end the curse upon their child.

Director: Ole Bornedal
Stars: Natasha Calis, Jeffrey Dean Morgan, Kyra Sedgwick
V/H/S (2012)
Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

When a group of misfits is hired by an unknown third party to burglarize a desolate house and acquire a rare VHS tape, they discover more found footage than they bargained for.

Directors: Matt Bettinelli-Olpin, David Bruckner, and 8 more credits »
Stars: Calvin Reeder, Lane Hughes, Adam Wingard
Dark Skies (2013)
Horror | Sci-Fi | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 6.3/10 X  

As the Barret family's peaceful suburban life is rocked by an escalating series of disturbing events, they come to learn that a terrifying and deadly force is after them.

Director: Scott Stewart
Stars: Keri Russell, Jake Brennan, Josh Hamilton
Absentia (2011)
Drama | Horror | Mystery
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A woman and her sister begin to link a mysterious tunnel to a series of disappearances, including that of her own husband.

Director: Mike Flanagan
Stars: Katie Parker, Courtney Bell, Dave Levine
Horror | Thriller
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

Desperate to help her ailing brother, a young woman unknowingly agrees to compete in a deadly game of "Would You Rather," hosted by a sadistic aristocrat.

Director: David Guy Levy
Stars: Brittany Snow, June Squibb, Jeffrey Combs
The Pact (TV Movie 2002)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.8/10 X  

A late night call from Accident and Emergency shatters the lifelong friendship of neighbouring families, the Hartes and Golds. 17-year-old Emily Gold is dead from a gunshot wound to the ... See full summary »

Director: Peter Werner
Stars: Megan Mullally, Juliet Stevenson, Henry Czerny
Edit

Cast

Cast overview:
...
...
Liz
...
...
...
...
...
...
Eva
...
Sam Zuckerman ...
Anjini Taneja Azhar ...
Hindi Child (as Anjini Azhar)
...
Waitress
Edit

Storyline

Nichole Barlow comes to San Pedro with her daughter Eva to attend the funeral of her mother. She calls her estranged sister Annie to help her to resolve pending businesses, but Annie is too traumatized with the bad treatment spent by their mother and does not want to return to their childhood home. Nichole convinces her sister to come and she arrives to the funeral. However, Nichole goes missing and Eva stays with Nichole's cousin Liz. When Liz also disappears, Annie claims that supernatural events happen in the house but she becomes the prime-suspect. The open-minded detective Bill Creek assumes the investigation and realizes that there is something weird in the house. Meanwhile Annie summons the medium Stevie believing that the ghost of her mother is responsible for the vanishing of Nichole and Liz. But the woman warns Annie that there is a great danger in the house. Annie decides to go further in her investigation and discovers dark secrets from the past of her family. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Taglines:

Some doors should never be opened. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated R for some strong bloody violence and language | See all certifications »

Parents Guide:

 »
Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

8 June 2012 (UK)  »

Also Known As:

El pacto  »

Company Credits

Production Co:

 »
Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Color:

Aspect Ratio:

1.85 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The motorcycle Annie rides is a 1970 Honda CB350. See more »

Goofs

When Annie is using the Ouija board she takes the cross off her neck and removes the chain before putting the cross on the floor. When she asks the first question the cross is attached to the chain again. See more »

Quotes

Eva: [on a video feed] Mommy! Who's that behind you?
See more »

Connections

References Halloween (1978) See more »

Soundtracks

Adrenalinn
Written by Cary Berger, Sam Zuckerman, and Nicholas McCarthy
Performed by Das Jim
See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

See more (Spoiler Alert!) »

User Reviews

 
Underrated indie horror gem and my favourite horror film of the year
28 October 2012 | by (London, UK) – See all my reviews

When I rented this I thought that for some reason this is part of the recent, underwhelming wave of exorcism films. I was pleasantly surprised to discover that this features no Catholic propaganda and biblical incantations and after having watched The Pact twice now (the second time with a group of friends who all really liked it), I regard it as the best horror film I've seen this year.

The Pact doesn't re-invent the wheel, it is a fairly traditional ghost story (with touches of MR James and J-horror in its use of "haunted technology"), but it is the best directed horror film I've seen this year. The cinematography is always inventive without being flashy, establishing a real sense of place, important for any haunted house film. It also has fantastic sound design. The film avoids cheap jump scares to build a slow burning atmosphere of genuine dread. While neither weird nor surreal, the way the film generates scares reminded me more of David Lynch, than the cheap shock tactics you usually get in this type of film. I saw Lynch especially in the way a character gets swallowed up by the darkness behind a door. A scene set to a deafening rock music drone is reminiscent of a sequence from Twin Peaks: Fire Walk With Me.

After the rather poor period haunted house films I've seen recently (The Woman in Black, The Awakening), which rely on all the clichés of the genre (dolls upon creepy dolls, ghostly children in white make up failing to look scary) I loved how this was set in an impoverished, modern blue collar town in the US. The house itself looks just slightly 'off' with a 'wrong' layout and subtly oppressive wallpaper, instead of being decorated like amusement park ghost ride.

The way the mystery slowly unfolds is cleverly handled and satisfying (and really quite creepy when you think about it). This makes for a great re-watch, when I picked up on a lot of hints and details that I missed first time round.

I'd never heard of lead actress Caity Lotz before. Playing a character who is tough on the outside but also quite vulnerable due to a traumatic past, she did a fantastic job anchoring the film emotionally. The fragile looking actress who plays the role of the medium you often get in haunted house films (here seemingly recruited from a crack den) looks and gives a performance that is genuinely disturbing. I had not seen Casper Van Dien in anything since Sleepy Hollow. His "He-Man" face always struck me as slightly comical, but he is fine as a sympathetic cop, looking a little more grizzled than in his Starship Trooper days

In some ways the film is reminiscent of the Kevin Bacon starring Stir of Echoes from the 90s, but I think this does a better job with similar material.

The Pact is only let down by the 'blah' title and awful promotional art, which looks like the dated looking CGI spook from The Frighteners, a visual that doesn't appear anywhere in the film.


26 of 41 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
questions ? delboyz100
Eyes jmaybay
One day ghosts will learn to... Nl50148
5.7?? Really? picasso2
The Ghost... kyle8282
Zodiac killer goof suhitasucheta
Discuss The Pact (2012) on the IMDb message boards »

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?