The Pact title

Tag line : Think You're Alone in Your Home?

The PactOne of the more interesting films of 2012, this low budget film from first time director Nicholas McCarthy follows a young girl, Annie (Caity Lotz), who arrives at her former family home to attend the funeral of her mother. Her Sister, Nicole, is supposedly already there, but Annie finds she is nowhere to be found.

Despite Nicole missing the funeral, Annie isn't too concerned about her as she had a history of drug and alcohol abuse, and assumes she's off partying somewhere. But when Annie, her cousin Liz and young Niece stay in the former family home for the night, Annie realises something else must have happened to her.

Getting up to investigate a strange noise, she finds that her cousin is missing from her room. Seeing a strange figure in the hallway, she turns to confront them, only to find herself flung backwards by an unseen force. Fleeing from the house with her young Niece, the police arrive soon after, but fail to find any trace of her cousin or any signs of an intruder.

The detective in charge of the case (played by Starship Trooper Casper Van Dien) doesn't seem to be able to come up with any suggestions for what happened to them either, but Annie is convinced there is someone, or something, lurking in the house and that it has something to do with the disappearance of her Cousin and Sister.

Discovering a hidden room, she invites a psychic friend over, who immediately throws a fit and starts crying out the name "Judas". Doing some research online, Nicole makes a shocking discovery linking an uncle she never knew about to a serial killer and a very dark family secret...

An interesting film that keeps you guessing as to what's going on throughout. You initially think that there's something supernatural going on, but then the movie makes you think that perhaps it's somebody that responsible for the events in the house, but it's not right till the very end that you find out what it is that's actually going on there. Definitely one of the better ghostly films, it was also good to see Casper Van Dien in something a bit more commercial than some of the other features he's been associated with in recent years.

Overall Marks : 6/10.

Terrifying Trivia.

  • Alternate tag lines, "Some doors should never be opened", "The Future Is In Their Hands".

  • The movie started life as a 11m short film, which writer/director Nicholas McCarthy showed at various film festivals. After being shown at the 2011 Sundance Film Festival, he managed to secure a funding to produce a full length feature.

  • The scenes with Casper Van Dein as Detective Creek were the last to be filmed, as they still hadn't cast anyone in the role when filming started.

  • The script was written in 6 weeks.

  • Director Nicholas McCarthy said that Dario Argento's "Suspiria" was a major influence on the way the film was shot.

  • The house used in the film was a run down building in San Pedro, California which the film makers hired out. Most of the furniture and props used in the house belonged to previous occupant, an old lady who had died recently. The house has since been demolished.

  • Filming was completed in just 18 days.

  • The film was released direct to video in the US, but was released theatrically in the UK.

  • The scene in the Motel, where Annie has a nightmare, was inspired by an obscure 70s film called "The Possession of Joel Delaney".

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