Nicholas McCarthy’s “The Pact” made its world premiere at Montreal’s Fantasia International Film Festival; a traditional spooky, entity film with a not-so-traditional ending.
Nicole and Annie, though not happy about it, return to their mother’s home for her funeral. The two sisters hold a grudge against their mother, but we’re not sure why. Even before Annie can arrive, Nicole disappears in mysterious circumstances. Annie then invites her cousin Liz, who is babysitting Nicole’s daughter, to spend the night with her at her mother’s home, but Liz also goes missing. Determined to find out what happened to her sister and cousin, Annie requests the help of a detective (Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers)) to uncover the mystery, as her mother’s house holds much more than a terrifying entity…
The movie begins right off with creepiness surrounding Nicole, so we don’t have to wait too long for some suspense. The movie is filled with silence-filled anticipation of surprises and gets you jumping once in awhile. The spooks were nothing out of the ordinary, but the ending is different than expected. Caity Lotz, playing the role of Annie, is believable in her role of the rebellious, motorcycle-driving, bohemian-like living woman who shows us that even those who think they are tough can crumble down to a fear-filled individual when being messed with by an entity.
Aside from the ending, nothing really surprised me or came out of the ordinary in this movie. Some jumps and scares might get you going, but again, nothing out of the ordinary. Casper Van Dien is alright in his role of the detective helping out Annie.
I didn’t love this movie, yet I didn’t despise it either. I suppose that sums it up pretty well. That is why I give “The Pact” 3 stars out of 5.