I know right where I found The Pact: the A.V. Club's recent article on the scariest opening scenes in horror movie history. Indeed, I was squirming in my chair throughout the movie, watching through my fingers and even taking my glasses off at some point so I could only vaguely, blurrily see what was going on across the room on the t.v.
Annie (Caity Lotz, the CW's own Sarah Lance) and Nicole have recently lost their mother. Older sister Nicole is at the house, preparing for the funeral, going through her mother's things. She calls her sister but Annie doesn't want to come home - she has very unpleasant memories of growing up in that house. Frustrated, Nicole facetimes her daughter. The wifi signal is spotty (stealing from the neighbor) and when the little girl can finally see her mother, she asks: "Mommy, who is that behind you?" There is, of course, no one there but that night, Nicole disappears. The reluctant Annie shows up for the funeral, at which point her sister has been missing for days. When Annie, her little niece and the cousin who is babysitting for Nicole spend the night in Annie's mother's house, Liz disappears too and an unseen force attacks Annie. She grabs the little girl and goes straight to the police, who all think she's nuts except for one detective (a surprisingly grizzled Casper van Dien). Annie begins to investigate WTF is going on in that house, even enlisting the help of a young psychic who conveniently went to her high school. There is something hidden in the walls of that house and Annie, screwing up her courage, is going to uncover it, for better or worse.
This is why I was VERY uncomfortable watching The Pact: too many characters, walking alone through the house with the camera following them from behind, tension building and building ... it was effectively unsettling for me since I am a jumpy person. Monster movies I can do. Haunted houses with unseen things that go bump - ugh. Excerpts from my notes: "YIKES" "- something in the closet -" "CAN'T WATCH" "Get the fuck out" "OMG THIS MOVIE" "HATE THIS MOVIE"
I do have a question about the title: What exactly was the pact and who made it? Otherwise, well played little scary movie, well played.
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