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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
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
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 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 »

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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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Connections

References The Possession of Joel Delaney (1972) See more »

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Deck the Halls
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Lyrics by Thomas Oliphant (uncredited)
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A Very Well-Done Low Budget Horror Film
12 November 2012 | by BobbyGuerrieriSee all my reviews

Written and directed by Nicholas McCarthy, "The Pact" stars Caity Lotz as Annie, a young woman who returns to her childhood home following the death of her mother. Her sister and cousin have disappeared and it appears that there is some supernatural entity inhabiting the house. As Annie digs deeper, she learns of a serial killer whose last victim may have had some kind of connection to her mother. Annie begins putting the information together, revealing shocking and terrifying secrets.

Sound clichéd? Well believe me, it's not. What starts out as your typical run-of-the-mill haunted house film becomes one of the most intriguing and horrifying horror movies of the year. Not many movies scare me half as badly as "The Pact" did. I can tell you honestly that this film messed with my head and left me fearing my own house.

Caity Lotz does a great acting job, especially since she has such little dialogue. She really gets her feelings across by body movement and facial expressions. Another actress who really stands out is Haley Hudson, who plays Stevie, Annie's friend who just happens to be able to contact the dead. It is her character that scared me the most.

The movie also has some very good cinematography, especially when Annie walking throughout the house. Rather than constantly cut to new angle every time she turns a corner, the camera follows her with one continuous shot, immensely adding to the suspense.

The best part about the movie is that it doesn't assume that the audience is stupid. One of my least favorite things is when all questions are answered by the characters talking to themselves, or even to other characters. In "The Pact" the audience is given the information, and we are required to put it together ourselves. I have seen the movie twice now and certainly picked up on some small things that I missed in my first viewing.

The final plot surprise terrified me and I definitely won't forget it anytime soon. I didn't care for the very end (as in the closing shot), but it didn't ruin the whole movie for me.

Overall, "The Pact" is one of the scariest movies this year and a very well done horror movie. Not many low-budget horror movies are able to maintain the constant level of suspense that "The Pact" did. I highly recommend this to any horror fan. "The Pact" is currently available on Netflix Instant Streaming.

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