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08 Jun 2012
08 Nov 2012
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AT 4.47 PM NICOLE BARLOW ARRIVED AT
550 CLAREMONT AVENUE
AT 8.23 PM SHE PHONED HER DAUGHER
IT WAS THE LAST CALL SHE EVER MADE
Following her mother’s funeral, Annie reluctantly returns to her childhood home – a place that she’d rather forget. Now her sister Nicole and cousin have inexplicably disappeared, she is forced to unlock the doors to the past to discover the hidden secrets of the house and in doing so finds a room that she has no memory of.
Things take a sinister turn and Annie soon realises that she isn’t alone in the house...
From writer/director Nicholas McCarthy comes his first feature, THE PACT, an unsettling and creepy horror that will make going home tonight just that little bit harder…
Casper Van Dien
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THE PACT (USA/ 16/88mins)
Directed by Nicholas McCarthy. Starring Caity Lotz, Haley Hudson, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Sam Ball, Mark Steger, Dakota Bright, Agnes Brucker, Casper Van Dien.
THE PLOT: A recovering drug addict who’s also having to cope with her mother’s recent death, Nicole (Bruckner) returns to the ramshackle family home in California, where she is soon convinced there is a presence. When her sister Annie (Lotz) arrives the next day, Nicole is nowhere to be seen. Which wouldn’t be the first time that’s happened. A little more concerned is their cousin, Liz (Perkins), but she too soon disappears. Annie calls in Detective Creek (Van Dien), and the theory is soon put forward that they may be dealing with the ghost of a serial killer known as Judas…
THE VERDICT: Hollywood keeps shitting out low-budget horror films largely because they know that, in true James Whale fashion, all they need is a hookline and a creepy marketing campaign, and, yep, they will come. Like the horror-loving lemmings that they are. Every now and again though, one makes it through the system that actually has a little bite and originality, and such is the case with Nicholas McCarthy’s staunchly low-rent offering. The frights are sparse and underplayed, and are all the more effective for it, whilst the finale leaves you to make up your own mind about the monster in the closet. RATING: 3/5
Review by Paul Byrne
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