The Pact: Just another horror film

In cinemas this month, we have The Pact, an eerie ghost film about a woman returning to her family home shortly after her estranged mothers death.

Starring Caity Lotz (Annie) and Casper Van Dien (Creek), the kindest thing I can say is that it wasn’t as bad as I expected it to be. The Pact is yet another jumpy ghost story that will soon be forgotten.

At her sisters request, Annie returns home after many years to attend her mothers funeral. It becomes clear, thanks to some very obvious dialogue, that Annie and her mother didn’t have a good relationship and that as kids, Annie and her sister had to endure various levels of parental abuse. Brash and unlikable, Annie does nothing to make the viewer like her or feel pity for her. She is stubborn, idiotic, and fancies herself a rebel of sorts. It’s nothing we haven’t seen before.

Shortly after, Annie begins experiencing paranormal activity in the house and teams up with local Cop, Creek. While I did find myself warming to him a tad, the well-meaning law officer is simply too vapid a character to have much of an impact. Dimwitted and unprofessional, Creek is yet another stereotypical and clichéd “horror-film” character with lots of testosterone and not enough depth.

Though The Pact was, overall, very tense and had its ‘jump-out-of-your-seat’ moments, it did nothing to stand out from the crowd. If it had been on TV, for example, I probably wouldn’t have watched it through. Not because it’s a terrible film, it’s not too bad, but it simply didn’t really engage me.

The best part of the film was when local clairvoyant Stevie (Hayley Hudson) attempts to connect with the presence in the house. This lasts maybe ten minutes and really does up the ante. Unfortunately though, it’s a case of too little too late and even Hayley Hudson’s eerily beautiful performance can’t save this film.

If you’re the type of person who likes laughing at badly scripted, badly acted, badly lit “horror” films, you might like The Pact. If not, you’re probably better watching something else.

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  1. bunshinsaba

     /  January 23, 2013

    Interesting, am likely to drop my own thoughts on this later. I’ve watched this multiple times and I really appreciated it’s sparse artistic style and tense atmosphere, also I’ve shown it around friends with a variety of different interests and they all felt the same. I would openly agree that the characterisation is lacking, but as a horror nut I did really appreciate seeing something that was spartan and scary rather than highly developed and cluttered. It’s entertaining actually that I totally agree with most of what you’ve said, but found these things that actually aided my enjoyment of the film.

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