Reel Reviews
Movie: “The Pact”: The Haunting That’s Not Quite There
January 2, 2013
Rating: 2 out of 5 stars

One of the greatest parts about paying for Netflix every month is the fact that you get a large amount of movies and television show episodes at the tips of your fingers to view at your leisure. No matter what interests you, you will be sure to find something that you will enjoy watching. On the flipside of that, Netflix also gives you a ton of films that most people have never heard of, for good reason, or that most people ignored when they were released in theaters, again for good reason. “The Pact” is one of those movies.

After the death of their estranged mother, sisters Nichole (Agnes Bruckner, “24” and “Private Practice”) and Annie (Caity Lotz, “Mad Men”) are forced to return to their childhood home and tie up loose ends their mother left behind. By the time Annie arrives at the house, Nichole, a former drug addict who has been clean for several years and now has a young daughter, has disappeared under seemingly mysterious circumstances. With nothing but terrible memories of her childhood home, Annie asks a cousin to stay with her while they await Nichole’s return; said cousin also mysteriously disappears, but not before Annie is treated to a bit of a supernatural beat down causing her to flee to the local police station where she is befriended by Officer Bill Creek (Casper Van Dien, “Sleepy Hollow”).

Now desperate to find her sister and cousin, Annie is forced to confront her troubled past while new revelations about her family are brought to light. Will she be able to purge the demons from her childhood while piecing together the puzzle of what haunts her mother’s home?  

To be fair, “The Pact” answers the majority of questions that it raises throughout its extremely short runtime, but the fact that it repeatedly mentions the main characters torturous childhood only to heavily skimp on any details is a plot hole that cannot be overlooked. As the story itself unravels, taking a fairly sharp deviation from the haunted house premise the audience is promised and expecting, the film is successfully able to build and maintain a great atmosphere of suspense, fear and uncertainty. Unfortunately, even with the interesting premise and decently well-crafted atmosphere, the film falls flat. The acting is reminiscent of a made for television movie and there ends up being very little dialogue throughout. It is an okay rainy day movie to queue up when one has nothing better to do or nothing better to watch.  

“The Pact” is rated R for some strong bloody violence and language and runs 89 minutes. It is available on Netflix Instant.