Saturday, April 27, 2013

The Pact

THE HORROR SHOW needs to go back to "short, sweet and to the sharp and scary point" with these reviews. That way we can get more reviews in. Of course, that means watching more movies...hmmm...

So, THE PACT almost didn't get watched, honestly. I saw the image for it on Netflix and it looked like it was going to be some cheesy, ghostly toss away. However, the folks over at the Horror Etc Podcast mentioned it on a podcast and I gave it a shot, thankfully.

The Pact ticks all the boxes. It's a fun mystery wrapped in dread and despair in such a fantastic way. And the topper - ghosts helping the main character solve the mystery. Perfect storm for me - I love these films. The story meanders a bit, taking it's time to let things unfold. It worked on a creepy level as well, playing up the bumps in the night without a dependance on special effects or faux-tech visuals. No night vision. No recordings of creepy voices. But, there are some cool visuals and interesting tricks here and there and move things along nicely.

The film has a tight story with an independent feel to it - it works really well. Nicholas McCarthy's Direction is solid and screen writing is grand. It's his first feature film and I can't wait to see more from him.

Caity Lotz knocks it out of the park. She's such a beauty and she plays along the line of scared and wanting to run and driven to find out the truth very well. ( You may remember her from her small role in MAD MEN. ) In some of thee films, this is a fail point. I find myself saying, "Why don't you just...walk away from there?" It breaks the film entirely. This has none of that - it works perfectly.

Now, the film is a little rough around the edges at points, but I think the overall take away is well worth a viewing. Especially late in the the dark...alone. 

Love mystery? Love ghosts? You need to take a look at The Pact and let me know what you think.

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