The Pact


The Pact

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After their mother passes away, sisters Nicole (Bruckner) and Annie (Lotz) reluctantly return to their childhood home to pay their last respects. While staying overnight in the house, the sisters sense a mysterious presence in their midst: noises startling them in the night, objects moving about, a fallen picture of an unknown woman posed next to their mother. Annie begins experiencing a series of intense and disturbing dreams visions that lead her to uncover something terrible about her mothers past that is finally revealing itself. -- (C) IFC


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Critic Reviews for The Pact

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  • The explanations for what has been going on are weird, fantastical and sort of reasonable, within the context of the story, maintaining the film's sense of grounded directness up to the very end.

    Jul 12, 2012 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…
  • McCarthy is clearly an economical director and what he gets on screen here - while hardly new - is still effective and occasionally creepy.

    Jul 6, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • A tightly controlled low-budget chiller whose occasional moments of unexpected special effects are set up beautifully by long periods of suspense.

    Jul 6, 2012 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…
  • In the end, like a lot of genre movies, this one pulls from different inspirations, and so weighs in, by turns, as overly predictable and satisfyingly recognizable (part of genre cinema's one-two punch).

    Jul 5, 2012 | Rating: 3/5
  • In truth, there's nothing here we haven't seen before. But McCarthy, who also wrote the straightforward script, keeps the pace moving and the atmosphere eerie (if rarely terrifying).

    Jul 5, 2012 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…
  • More horror movies set in the 21st century ought to integrate technology into their scares as well as Nicholas McCarthy's The Pact.

    Jul 5, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

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Audience Reviews for The Pact

  • Sep 06, 2018
    I watched this film less than a month ago and I can't remember a single thing about it. Apparently I felt it was worth two stars at the time, but takeaway from the fact that I couldn't even remember it after re-watching the trailer what you will.
    Gimly M Super Reviewer
  • Dec 03, 2014
    There's nothing wrong with The Pact but nothing terribly great also. It's just well made and "exists", needless to say it won't surprise you, thrill you or show you anything new you haven't seen thousands of times before.
    Francisco G Super Reviewer
  • Sep 10, 2013
    3 3/4's ..I liked this movie. It was pretty good, right up until the last five seconds making absolutely no sense what-so-ever. Another nightmare? I don't know. But hey, 99% of creepy horror movies do this with their endings. Now, what I can't figure out is why this movie is called "The Pact." I could make a guess, but that would be pure conjecture from me. Quite honestly, there are plenty of unanswered questions, but I think we can blame editing for that. All in all, though, it gets pretty good marks from me for creepiness factor...
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 15, 2013
    Looking past its occasional narrative faults and mediocre performances, its smartly directed. McCarthy utilizes a refreshing economic approach (Sparse score and effects) that makes the film unnerving in several sequences. Using such a seemingly bland house as the major set piece was a genius idea.
    Alec B Super Reviewer

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