Release Date: On VOD now, In Theaters July 6th.
Written and Directed by: Nicholas McCarthy.
Starring: Caity Lotz, Casper Van Dien, Agnes Bruckner and Haley Hudson.
Since it has an awesome poster, we assumed that The Pact would suck, because that generally tends to be the rule... my oh my, how we were wrong.
This is easily the creepiest movie of 2012 so far, by far.
|She had pokies going on throughout the entire movie.|
|That is NOT the front door.|
Annie's Cousin Liz stays the night with her after the funeral because Annie doesn't want to be alone in the home of her childhood abuse, and because Liz has Nichole's daughter, whom she probably wants to be rid of. I mean hey, it's not her kid, so she has every right to want to give her back. They assume that Nichole is off on some crack binge somewhere, though when Liz goes missing in the middle of the night, Annie begins to have suspicions... which are quickly confirmed by a ghost beating her ass. Seriously, like a brawl.
Annie goes to the Police, but they are useless, so she eventually goes to see a creepy blind chick named Stevie that she went to High School with, who was rumored to have some sort of supernatural affinity. Stevie goes and gives Annie's Mom's house the once over, and says "screw this, I'm not staying here!" which leaves Annie alone to unravel the mystery of her Sister's and Cousin's disappearance, the ghost, and a serial killer, all on her own. Oh yeah, there's a serial killer too.
|When the creepy, blind seer says it's time to go, then it's time to go!|
For the record, the entire cast did a great job here, but Caity Lotz carried this baby on her back. She may have played it a bit over dramatic here and there, but for the most part she felt real, and made us feel for her. The part where she uses the Ouija Board and her reaction to her first answer illustrates it perfectly; it was genuine and exactly what most people would have done if that had been them.
|Yeah, at the point where the upside-down crucifix slides across the hand made Ouija Board on the floor to answer my question in an abrupt way, I'm out of there.|
We've Gotta give writer/director Nicholas McCarthy credit here; he crafted his first full length feature into a great little sleeper hit. There were parts in the early going that felt fairly formulaic, but once it got going, it was a smooth ride for us. There were a few critics out there that found The Pact less effective that we did, and ultimately dismissible, but we just don't get that; the movie is by no means perfect, but it absolutely works.
*BEWARE- This section do be spoiler-ish. We would like to have a few of the more ambiguous plot elements cleared up for us. For instance, what exactly was this pact that gives the movie it's title, and who was it between? We have a pretty good idea what it involved (siblings and silence) but it could have been something else as well. Also, was the brother a ghost or alive. The answer is most likely alive, but there were things that happened that could definitely be proof of him being a spirit of some sort. Also, was he Uncle and Daddy? And what was with the end? Just a dream or was there something more to it? None of these questions spoiled the movie for us at all, but we just hate not knowing for sure. We're selfish like that.
|We're not sure either, Caity.|
|She even rides her motorcycle in her undies. Now that's class.|
|It was kinda like she was doing a crazy ballet or an energy charged Flashdance.|