Wednesday, August 1, 2012

THE PACT (2012) review


Pact, The (2012) (1st viewing) d. McCarthy, Nicholas (USA)

Newcomer Caity Lotz stars in this good ghost story well told, with bigger names Casper Van Dien and Agnes Bruckner taking smaller roles (and presumably smaller paychecks – one has to wonder what Van Dien saw in what is ultimately a throwaway part). Atmospheric and effective, with minimal, well-executed special effects, a bit of bloodletting and some fine chilling visuals without relying (too) heavily on aural jump scares. Like any worthy haunting tale, there is a mystery to be uncovered surrounding Lotz’s recently deceased mother’s home and writer/director McCarthy’s twist on well-traveled path yields a genuinely suspenseful final reel climax.

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