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The Pact

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Genre: Horror, Mystery, Thriller Country: USA
IMDB Rating: 5.8/10 Released Date: 08 Jun 2012
Runtime: 89 min Director: Nicholas McCarthy
Stars: Caity Lotz, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Haley Hudson, Sam Ball,

Summery: 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.


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. There are some very neat little scary moments, but the whole thing fails to hang together and the plot is muddled. Caity Lotz plays Annie, a young woman and recovering drug addict with some biker-chick attitude who is struggling to come to terms with her mother's death, and with being back in the family home in which so many unhappy and traumatising things happened. Soon, she senses that the place is impregnated with a spirit of evil. The "Skype" scene at the very beginning delivers a short, sharp shock, and McCarthy takes the time-honoured scary-movie trope of seeing something creepy in a photograph and brings it bang up to date in the era of Google Street View. McCarthy has a talent to unsettle – still not entirely developed.