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The Pact (2012)

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As a woman struggles to come to grips with her past in the wake of her mother's death and the disappearance of her sister, an unsettling presence emerges in her childhood home.

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Nicholas McCarthy
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Credited cast:
Caity Lotz ... Annie
Kathleen Rose Perkins ... Liz
Haley Hudson ... Stevie
Sam Ball ... Giles
Mark Steger ... Charles Barlow / Judas
Agnes Bruckner ... Nichole
Casper Van Dien ... Creek
Dakota Bright ... Eva
Petra Wright ... Jennifer Glick
Sam Zuckerman Sam Zuckerman ... County Clerk
Anjini Taneja Azhar Anjini Taneja Azhar ... Hindi Child (as Anjini Azhar)
Rachael Kahne ... Waitress
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Boriana Williams ... Child
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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

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Some doors should never be opened. See more »


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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

8 June 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

El pacto See more »

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Budget:

$400,000 (estimated)

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$7,200,000
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1.85 : 1
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The motorcycle Annie rides is a 1970 Honda CB350. See more »

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The motorcycle used by Annie in the beginning is a Kawasaki, but later on is a Honda. See more »

Quotes

Eva: [on a video feed] Mommy! Who's that behind you?
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References Halloween (1978) See more »

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Seven Sisters
Written by Sarah Lee Guthrie
Performed by Sarah Lee Guthrie and Johnny Irion
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Lotz is superb, Van Dien surprisingly brilliant but its unoriginal
7 June 2012 | by amesmondeSee all my reviews

An unsettling presence emerges in a woman's childhood home as she tries to unravels a mystery in the wake of her mother's death.

Finely directed by Nicholas McCarthy complete with a few scares - figures appearing, noises, an ouija board, eerie photos ala Shutter The Pact quickly covers many familiar elements synonymous with ghost films. However, it's more drama horror at times emulating The Entity, Stir of Echoes, Amityville, Japanese horrors and their remakes. In addition it's more emotionally grounded than horrors Insidious, The Messengers or Dream House but McCarthy's The Pact doesn't have the fresh chills of The Innkeepers or Woman in Black.

There's a slow character driven opening with Caity Lotz as Annie who shoulders the weight of the film throughout. Casper Van Dien is almost unrecognisable and to his credit gives a heavy weight performance, probably his best as Creek. There's a rich score by Ronen Landa that adds a little tension and the location shoot is crisp reminiscent of setting of White Noise.

Unfortunately The Pact doesn't play as a homage. While extremely well acted (Lotz is superb) and a creepy mystery it adds nothing new to the genre. It's basically a competent slick rework of the aforementioned films to name just a few with a premature obligatory twist and unnecessary end scare.

That said, newcomers to the genre should find it fulfilling.


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