The Pact

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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 fallenAfter 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) Expand

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 10
  2. Negative: 0 out of 10
  1. Reviewed by: Noel Murray
    Jul 4, 2012
    83
    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
    63
    When The Pact descends, finally, from suggestion to explication, the scares regrettably slink away.
  3. Reviewed by: Kyle Smith
    Jul 6, 2012
    63
    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
    60
    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
    50
    The Pact demonstrates both why people respond to horror and why it's so routinely scorned.
  6. Reviewed by: Peter Bradshaw
    Jul 1, 2012
    40
    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
    40
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 10
  2. Negative: 1 out of 10
  1. Dec 26, 2012
    10
    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,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
    9
    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 darkThe 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. May 25, 2016
    8
    I truly liked this movie. A lot of jump in your seat moments and kept you thinking along one line all the way through the movie then throwsI truly liked this movie. A lot of jump in your seat moments and kept you thinking along one line all the way through the movie then throws that twist we all love.

    Watch it online for free: https://www.primewire.ag/watch-2733377-The-Pact
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  4. Jul 3, 2015
    7
    Suspenseful and horrifying from start to finish, this low budget entry into the world of horror works because it doesn't rely on jump scaresSuspenseful and horrifying from start to finish, this low budget entry into the world of horror works because it doesn't rely on jump scares and masked killers to do the dirty work. Expand
  5. Jul 6, 2015
    7
    I have to first off admit that this is not a good movie. It drags along and the story tries too hard to be dark and mysterious. With thatI have to first off admit that this is not a good movie. It drags along and the story tries too hard to be dark and mysterious. With that aside this has the greatest and creepiest scares, not just jump scares but the kind that makes the hairs on your next stand up for a whole scene. It had quite a few of these and it genuinely scared me more than any movie I've seen in a long time. Unfortunately after those it crashes headfirst into a terrible ending. I have to give it a 7 because as far as horror goes it actually delivers. Expand
  6. May 14, 2015
    6
    The Pact is a horror movie that's done in a way that makes it different to other horror movies at that time, and I'm talking about slow buildThe Pact is a horror movie that's done in a way that makes it different to other horror movies at that time, and I'm talking about slow build up and suspense.

    The story is about a 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.

    Before seeing The Pact I looked at some of the reviews that the movie got and some was mostly positive, some alright but a lot of negative feedback from people who said the movie wasn't scary or even that well written. After seeing I can that the movie isn't flawless but it isn't bad as some pointed out, the movie dose have it's suspenseful moments and not the jump scare bullsh*t.

    The Pact is a slow burner horror film with some scenes that don't come off scary just more like trying to be scary, but there are scenes in this that do come off creepy and at least the movie has a sense of atmosphere so it will be easy to build up something. All the performances in the movie was solid, the director did a fine job directing, the movie is a bit slow at times and some scenes that could have been scary but came off not that scary could have been effective with a little more work into it.

    Overall The Pact is a okay horror movie that's worth checking out if your bored or it's a rainy day.
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  7. Jan 4, 2015
    0
    I wish it was possible to give negative points because this was at least -3.
    I seriously don't know where to begin, and the 11 positive
    I wish it was possible to give negative points because this was at least -3.
    I seriously don't know where to begin, and the 11 positive reviews are absolutely mind boggling. It never scared me. The acting was terrible. The atmosphere sucked and didn't fit a horror movie. The plot was unequivocally pathetic. The special effects sucked. It all sucked... BAD.
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