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The Pact

  • Horror
  • Drama
  • 2011
  • Nicholas McCarthy
  • 85 mins
  • 15

Summary

Horror thriller starring Caity Lotz and Casper Van Dien. After her mother's death, Annie returns to her childhood home for the funeral. But when her sister and cousin mysteriously disappear she realises that dark forces are at work in the house.

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Review

A star rating of 3 out of 5.

If you look hard enough, there's a fair bit to like about this mildly chilling debut from writer/directorNicholas McCarthy. Caity Lotz plays Annie, who returns to her despised family home after the death of her mother only to be greeted by some deeply spooky goings-on. Both her sister and her cousin disappear, and then, in a well-realised early sequence, she is actually flung about the place by a spectral force. Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers) co-stars as the sceptical cop who slowly gets drawn into her story. Unfortunately, the first half promises more than the second half delivers: while the best haunted-house tales (The Legend of Hell House, The Shining) rely on a slow accumulation of atmosphere and dread, McCarthy never quite manages to make proceedings truly unnerving. But even if you're not going to have trouble sleeping after watching the film, there are enough shocks and twists to at least keep you wide awake during it.

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Credits

Cast

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AnnieCaity Lotz
CreekCasper Van Dien
NicoleAgnes Bruckner
CharlesMark Steger
StevieHaley Hudson
LizKathleen Rose Perkins
GilesSam Ball
EvaDakota Bright
Petra WrightJennifer Glick
JesseBo Barrett

Crew

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DirectorNicholas McCarthy

Details

Theatrical distributor
Entertainment One
Released on
2012-06-08
Languages
English
Guidance
Violence, swearing.
Available on
DVD and Blu-ray
Formats
Colour
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