With the hype of Halloween dying down and kids enjoy their sugar-coated fill-in-the-blanks, you would expect the release of horror films to die down. However, the first week of November has yet another horror release. This week, it is “The Pact“, based off of an 11-minute short film of the same name that came out last year.
After her mother passes away, Annie’s sister Nichole (Agnes Bruckner) goes missing at her mother’s house. Annie (Caity Lotz) then goes to the house to try to find Nicole, but she is nowhere to be found. While at the house, strange things begin happening, objects fall and are rearranged. At first, Annie shrugs the strange happenings aside, but it doesn’t take long at all before she realizes that something is up when her cousin also goes missing and she is attacked by an unseen force.
While everything points to a ghost, demon, or other unseen ghoul, there are moments in the film that point to something being physical and real. Which means that maybe there is more than meets the eye for this film. This creates unpredictability and even manages a level of uncomfortability.
This film actually does a pretty good job of enticing fear through imagery and suspense. The suspense level makes the audience want to look away when they believe something is going to pop out, and there are also moments when the audience couldn’t possibly know when something would pop out. However, along with the attempts at scaring an audience, this film also equally focuses on an ongoing mystery. On a battle between fear and mystery solving, fear wins.
There was definitely an interesting approach to the mystery angle that you may never have seen before. Something is guiding Annie to find answers, and the way they do that may surprise you. Whether or not that is a good thing is left up to whoever watches the movie. For one, random pins are dropped on her phone mapping application leading to a specific address. Secondly, the apparent ghostly Google Street View part may feel like it’s being stretched a bit too far. Ghosts have been known to mess with electricity in films, but going all out with the internet?
The acting was pretty good, but nothing particularly spectacular. There are moments when reactions in the film don’t make any logical sense. In the very beginning, Annie is noticing the rearrangement of objects throughout her house and doesn’t think twice about it. The changing imagery of the ghostly Google Street View would also be curious to any normal viewer, but she just looks at it as if it were nothing. At other times, the fear of the audience watching the film is reflected on the actors faces.
So everything the film needed in order to be a successful horror film was split down the middle for believability. By the end of the film, everything had been unbelievably stretched, no matter how entertaining it was at times.
In the end, there are better horror films, but this film held its own for the most part. It would have been nicer for the film to be released before Halloween time. It may or may not be overlooked, but just remember it is an okay horror film.
“The Pact” comes to Blu-Ray and DVD on Nov. 6!