Tuesday, June 12, 2012
The Pact (2012)
The Pact is a fantastic little chiller. It's the kind of film that leverages location and space to generate atmosphere with great effect. It does have its moments where it reminds you of other films (I'll refrain from mentioning because I don't want to be spoiler-y) and you will no doubt notice just how much it's like other films of similar ilk. But it does what it does really well. And it also does something that all great horror films should strive to do: show me a scare or two which I've never seen before.
Annie has recently returned to her childhood home after her elderly mother has passed away. We quickly learn that she is there to pick up the pieces and get things squared away with a home that is fully furnished and looks like it's still being lived in. Her sister wants to have absolutely nothing to do with the place much less be an attendee at her mother's funeral. Annie is reluctant (to say the least) about being there. It seems that neither her nor her sister had the best home life growing up.
It's not very long into the proceedings that we start hearing strange noises in the home. We also see a dark figure lurking about the house. Things take a turn for the much more strange when Annie comes home one day to find her sister's car parked out front, her cellphone in the hallway closet, but no sign of her. When her cousin disappears at the hands of the dark figure while staying with her after the funeral and Annie herself is accosted by an unseen force, she enlists the help of a local police officer and medium to find out what is going on.
Our film takes various twists and turns along the way, giving you bits and pieces about Annie's past but not showing all of its cards until the very end. I don't want to get into any of the specifics because the success of this film relies on the fact that you don't know too much about the back story of the family going in. I'll only say that a transition from the supernatural to the very real occurred which was handled very deftly and it could have easily crumbled and rendered the preceding hour and 20 min or so completely pointless.
And egads! Back to the scares. I won't go too much into them--I'm not really giving you a whole lot right now, am I? You'll know them when you see them. Let's just say one uses modern technology in a brilliant and innovative way and is pulled off with such perfection. It gave me chills, chills I say! It was a great move by the filmmakers and it actually fit into the overall storyline. Absolutely genius and stunning.
This was a neat, bone chilling haunter. And despite the fact that it will remind you of more than one genre film, the inventiveness of the scares are worth the price of admission alone. But the acting and overall quality of the film were pretty top notch too.
The Pact is currently available to rent via various VOD services from IFC Films.
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