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Director:
Writer:
Nicholas McCarthy (written by)
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Release Date:
8 June 2012 (Ireland) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
Some doors should never be opened. See more »
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. Full summary » | Add synopsis »
Awards:
1 nomination See more »
User Reviews:
Underrated indie horror gem and my favourite horror film of the year See more (120 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Caity Lotz ... Annie

Kathleen Rose Perkins ... Liz

Haley Hudson ... Stevie

Sam Ball ... Giles

Mark Steger ... Charles Barlow

Agnes Bruckner ... Nichole

Casper Van Dien ... Creek

Dakota Bright ... Eva

Petra Wright ... Jennifer Glick
Sam Zuckerman ... County Clerk
Anjini Taneja Azhar ... Hindi Child (as Anjini Azhar)

Rachael Kahne ... Waitress
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Bo Barrett ... Jesse (uncredited)

Jeffrey T Ferguson ... Officer Benson (uncredited)
Santiago Segura ... Dishwasher (uncredited)

Ho-Kwan Tse ... Rudy Fong (uncredited)

Directed by
Nicholas McCarthy 
 
Writing credits
Nicholas McCarthy (written by)

Produced by
Jaime Burke .... co-producer
Jaime Burke .... line producer
Jamie Carmichael .... executive producer
Ross M. Dinerstein .... producer
Sam Zuckerman .... associate producer
 
Original Music by
Ronen Landa 
 
Cinematography by
Bridger Nielson (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Adriaan van Zyl 
 
Casting by
Lindsey Hayes Kroeger 
 
Production Design by
Walter Barnett 
 
Set Decoration by
Sandy Hubshman 
 
Costume Design by
Azalia Snail 
 
Makeup Department
Victoria Buge .... key hair stylist
Jason Collins .... special makeup effects designer: Autonomous F/X, Inc.
Sava Markovic .... lens technician
Shelley Rucker .... key makeup artist
 
Production Management
Vahan Paretchan .... production supervisor
Cj Stewart .... post-production supervisor
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Mitch deQuilettes .... second second assistant director
David Paige .... first assistant director
Karla Strum .... second assistant director
 
Art Department
Patrick Hampton .... set dresser
Rob Warner .... leadman
 
Sound Department
Joshua Adeniji .... foley editor
Joshua Adeniji .... sound effects editor
Kelly Ambrow .... boom operator
Scott Brewster .... adr recordist
Robert Dehn .... sound studio manager
Trevor Gates .... foley mixer
Jason Gaya .... sound re-recording mixer
Ginger Geary .... foley artist
Chris Hall .... additional boom operator
Chris Howland .... sound mixer
Spencer Schwieterman .... assistant sound editor
Chris Terhune .... supervising sound designer
Kelly Vockel .... assistant dialogue editor
 
Visual Effects by
Jon Wiltzen .... video game graphics
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Matthew Berger .... lighting technician
Samuel Boulitreau .... camera trainee
Dejon Ellis Jr. .... key grip
Joe Kocsis .... digital imaging technician
Justin Pope .... grip intern
Raul Rivera .... best boy grip
Sacha Riviere .... director of photography: Second Unit
Germano Saracco .... "b" camera operator
Chris Stanman .... electrician
Jesse Vallejo .... key grip
Evan Wilhelm .... additional first assistant camera
 
Casting Department
Christina Conover .... casting assistant
Pixie Monroe .... extras casting
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Sheridan Irwin .... costumer
 
Editorial Department
Gerri Sax Bove .... post-production coordinator (as Gerri Lynn Sax)
Matthew G. Carson .... first assistant editor
Ryan Hymel .... post-production assistant
John Portnoy .... colorist
Cj Stewart .... digital intermediate producer
 
Music Department
Joe Paganelli .... music supervisor
Jonathan Zalben .... score consultant
Jonathan Zalben .... violin
 
Other crew
Tania Baker-Hui .... set medic
Judith Baugin .... head of international marketing
Joe DeWalt Brown .... production assistant
Danielle de Arakal .... key set production assistant (as Danielle J. Clark)
Arthur Dix .... script supervisor
Jaron Downs .... production assistant
Elijah Drenner .... epk producer
Joseph Hui .... craft service
Mark Luttmann .... production assistant
Benjamin J. Murphy .... production coordinator
Alex Roszkowski .... set production assistant
Elle Schneider .... behind the scenes dp
Shannon Sonnier .... publicist
Harry White .... head of sales
 
Thanks
Aaron Harvey .... special thanks
Jethro Rothe-Kushel .... very special thanks
Richard Harland Smith .... thanks (as 'Arbogast')
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for some strong bloody violence and language
Runtime:
89 min
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Aspect Ratio:
1.85 : 1 See more »

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Trivia:
The camera that the officer, played by Casper Van Dien, is using to examine the house is a Canon model 7D - a cropped-frame DSLR popular with sports and bird photographers.See more »
Goofs:
Continuity: When Annie is using the Ouija board her nails go from unpolished to polished and back againSee more »
Quotes:
Eva:[on a video feed] Mommy! Who's that behind you?See more »
Movie Connections:
Soundtrack:
We Wish You A Merry ChristmasSee more »

FAQ

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26 out of 41 people found the following review useful.
Underrated indie horror gem and my favourite horror film of the year, 28 October 2012
Author: Boris_Day from London, UK

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.

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