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  • Summary: After their mother passes away, sisters Nicole and Annie 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 mother’s past that is finally revealing itself. (IFC Films) Collapse
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  1. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Jul 4, 2012
    More horror movies set in the 21st century ought to integrate technology into their scares as well as Nicholas McCarthy's The Pact.
  2. Reviewed by: Calum Marsh
    Jul 2, 2012
    When The Pact descends, finally, from suggestion to explication, the scares regrettably slink away.
  3. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jul 6, 2012
    Familiar elements such as a dark family secret, a ghost and a Ouija board start to seem trite after a while, and the third act is a little ridiculous, but debut writer-director Nicholas McCarthy does a lot with a little and seems fully prepared to handle a big-studio horror project.
  4. Reviewed by: Paul Bradshaw
    Jul 1, 2012
    It works hard, and the first half hour is textbook creepy, but the oldschool grab-bag of shocks struggles to jolt a dour script to life.
  5. Reviewed by: Todd McCarthy
    Jul 1, 2012
    The Pact demonstrates both why people respond to horror and why it's so routinely scorned.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Jul 1, 2012
    Nicholas McCarthy's The Pact is a horror film developed from a short, and unfortunately it splits apart while being stretched out to feature length.
  7. Reviewed by: Nick Schager
    Jul 3, 2012
    A musty ghost story that morphs into a sluggish serial-killer mystery, Nicholas McCarthy's film tries to distinguish itself by minimizing dialogue and settings, a stripped-down approach that extends to sketchy characters and a script rife with convenient, easy-to-assemble clues.

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  1. Dec 26, 2012
    Scared me so much I had to stop watching and finish it in the morning. Granted, I was watching alone in the dark after midnight. But still, I'm a horror junkie in my 30s and haven't been scared like that in years! Good movie! Expand
  2. Dec 13, 2012
    The Pact. This film scared me to the point that I had to stop watching it twice. Seriously, when the camera is directed towards a pitch dark room, you can feel evil lurking. The great lead actress was easy to identify with. The very naturalistic house -just an average old house- made the supernatural elements even more effective. Man, it was too scary, that is my only problem. Expand
  3. Jun 12, 2014
    Consensus: The Pact is intense, compact, full of screams, great performances and just a bit boring. 83/100 (B+)

    The Pact is an indie horror
    film directed by Nicholas McCarthy. It's a compact film and hasn't much running time (89min), 89 suspenseful and terrifying minutes. The film was finally released in my country on October 25 of 2013. The film starts very well with a lot of suspense and some lean scares.

    The screenplay is original, the film surrounds you, delivers lots of horror and a sense of anxiety, The Pact has very good performances and shout out here to Hayley Hudson, her performance is genuine and terrifying, Caity Lotz the protagonist is a good performer too. The Pact doesn't have gore but has some blood and violence to satisfy discerning horror fans.

    The Pact has some boring moments and the film after the second half becomes weird, the film has some low-budget special effects, but they are just Ok, no problem with them, the ending is palpable, the camera direction sucks, because the film wants to show you all, it's a very explicit film, this one shows you all the shadows and spectrums with zoom, they think that you're blind or something, in one or two scenes they put the zoom on the camera to show you that shadow or ghost walking through the rooms.

    And sometimes the camera moves stupidly and makes a scene funnier than scary, (like the scene where Caity Lotz is attacked from behind by a ghost), it's very funny, but these are minor details! The Pact is highly recommended, see it online with your friends, it's very scary, has a good script and chilling performances.

    Thumbs up for the loud-chilling screams, the excellent performances (I love you Hayley Hudson), and thumbs up too for the original screenplay. Thumbs down for a few boring scenes and a few cliches of the genre, thumbs down too for the awful camera direction.

    Watch this horror film if you love the horror genre. I'm pretty sure that you'll love it. Don't Watch it if you have very high expectations or if you think that this film is a masterpiece, because we're talking about a little horror film with a very small budget. Visit my blog: Twitter @MemoBosque
  4. Dec 1, 2012
    "The Pact" is a tautly engrossing thriller/horror flick, playing down the special effects you'll see in most of its peers and relying almost entirely on quiet suspense and scares most of the time. When Annie returns to her deceased mother's home, she soon finds herself trying to track down the secret behind a disturbing supernatural presence. The plot twists are a lot of fun, and the climax itself is superb. Overall a very watchable choice for the horror/suspense fan. Expand