The horror genre seems to lack everything these days, film after film fail to really terrify. The Pact, I hoped would be a different. I was wrong. With a gripping trailer I wanted and expected way more than was actually delivered. Money not well spent.
The Pact has a cast of unknowns, apart from Casper Van Dien from Starship Troopers the audience hope for the best when entering the theatre. An A-List cast does not always determine an A-Class movie as Hollywood like to demonstrate a lot. The movie begins with a young women entering her recently departed mother’s house, staying there in preparation for her funeral. In the first 20 minutes of The Pact the audience learn that 1. She is/was a junkie 2. She cannot act 3. She has a child and 4. She doesn’t get on with her sister. Now the plot attempts to get interesting, whilst talking with her daughter on Skype the women as she will be named disappears into thin air. Spooky.
Days have passed and still no sign, so younger sister Annie turns up. In hindsight she was casted for her looks rather than her acting ability too, something she shares with her sister. Soon realising something is amiss she decides to begin an investigation, whilst her cousin and niece move in to attend the mother’s funeral. In what is meant to clearly be a text book horror moment, the cousin Liz disappears whilst Annie is throw around the house by an invisible force.
When the Police, apart from Creek (Van Dien) refuse to believe her wild claims she takes up residence in a motel room. Now dead set on finding out what the spirit within her childhood home is trying to tell her, the rest of the film passes by at snail’s pace .Yawn.
The Pact had all the elements of a horror, and if produced properly it may have actually been worth watching. The acting was shambolic, the plot bored me to tears, it simply was not scary. I found myself laughing at times I should have been hiding behind my hands. After an hour and a half of wasted time the writers still had not answered where the original sister and cousin, Liz, had vanished to. Maybe this wasn’t important, but by this time who the hell cared.
Only one conclusion was made about The Pact, that being whoever financed this film needs to look after their money a bit more carefully.