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Streaming Alert :: The Pact (2012)

November 12th, 2012 by unkle lancifer · 10 Comments

Remember when I was much better at alerting you to worthwhile movies on Netflix Streaming? I still watch movies on there all the time but somehow instead of writing about them, I end up shrugging my shoulders and taking a nap instead. What is there to say? People will either like stuff or they won’t and I’ve been having extremely entertaining dark dreams lately that trump my ability to care either way. Luckily there is a cure for this particular type of writer’s block and it’s called a good movie. THE PACT (2012) snapped me out of my apathetic haze and I’m now going to enjoy giving you a short list of spoiler free reasons you should check it out.

1. THE CAST. In THE PACT, most of our time is satisfyingly spent with Annie, a young woman who returns home after her abusive mother’s death and is confronted by malignant forces. She is played by CAITY LOTZ and, by my estimation, LOTZ kind of rules. She reminds me of MELISSA GEORGE and AMY STEEL combined with a little GILLIAN ANDERSON meets JENNIFER RUBIN thrown in and if that weren’t awesome enough, she rides a motorcycle. LOTZ is a real find, striking a perfect balance between ornery and sympathetic. Another stand out is HALEY HUDSON who shows up as creepy psychic Stevie, emaciated and sunken-eyed, you can’t tell at any given moment if she’s going to break down in tears or explode into flames. I was also really happy to see good ol’ CASPER VAN DIEN of STARSHIP TROOPERS and SLEEPY HOLLOW fame working against his human action figure looks by playing a weathered, been-around-the block cop and an unrecognizable AGNES BRUCKNER (THE WOODS) as Annie’s ill-fated sister. MARK STEGER deserves high praise to for a ghoulishly graceful physical performance but I can’t get into that any further without ruining things.

2. THE LOOK. THE PACT is beautifully shot. There’s an unnerving meticulousness and I just happen to be a sucker for psychotic wallpaper and a limited beige and gray palate. Delicate touches are everywhere, meaning that repeat viewings promise to bring things to the forefront that I may have missed the first time and Christmas decorations loiter in the background, meaning I can happily throw this baby onto my perennial holiday viewing pile. Everything seems to have its own peculiar place and there is such a somber softness that when horrific images finally do appear, they are all the more jarring.

3. THE SCARES. I don’t mind telling you that this movie fucking scared me. I can nick-pick a few story elements that didn’t quit gel for me, but who the hell cares when THE PACT so successfully delivered for me on the fright-front? There’s a wondrous bit that takes place in a motel where I thought maybe I was seeing something in the background and then it was suddenly made shockingly clear. It’s a brilliantly sly thing and yes, I yelped. Actually, several scenes made me their bitch, but what really impressed me was the lingering creeps I was left stewing in. This is one of those great supernatural flicks that alters the way you observe things while you’re watching it. Every shadow in my house was a little bit darker by the time it was done. If you enjoyed INSIDIOUS and/or LAKE MUNGO, you are probably the prime audience for THE PACT; it’s a haunted house flick that genuinely feels haunted. Will it scare you as much as it scared me? I hope so but if not, tough luck! I’ve got my own bones to chill, and my own bad dreams to feed and this sneaky doozy about skeletons in the closet and one very gnarled family tree, snuck up behind yours truly pitch-perfectly.

Tags: General Horror · Streaming Alert!

10 responses so far ↓

  • 1 piptNo Gravatar // Nov 13, 2012 at 5:53 am

    Absolutely 100% agree with you on this. I was beginning to think I was the only one who loved this film.

  • 2 carolNo Gravatar // Nov 13, 2012 at 7:37 am

    wow. i’m sold, as per usual.

  • 3 carolNo Gravatar // Nov 13, 2012 at 9:15 am

    and you were right, as per usual!

  • 4 lee w.No Gravatar // Nov 13, 2012 at 9:34 am

    Seconding (thirding? fourthing?) the love for this one. It’s so much fun to discover a real gem in the vast wasteland of low budget horror movies on Netflix streaming.

  • 5 Chuckles72No Gravatar // Nov 13, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Oh Yeah…… Always looking for some good streaming suggestions. Thanks Unk.

    My own humble recommendation – The Devil’s Rock. Do NOT be fooled by the incredibly crappy “cover” photo on Netflix with the half naked Nazi woman – this is a surprisingly well-acted little movie with production values way above what you would expect.

    I should add that Lake Mungo is back on Netflix streaming as are the following additional recommendations: The Innkeepers, Session 9, The House of the Devil, Pontypool and Prince of Darkness – plus many more!

  • 6 unkle lanciferNo Gravatar // Nov 13, 2012 at 1:50 pm

    Pipt, Carol, Lee W.,

    Glad that I’m in good company here! The next time somebody asks me what was the last film that scared me this will be my new answer.


    I will have to check out Devil’s Rock! I was glad to see Lake Mungo come back too! I agree with all those picks you mentioned!

  • 7 dasklyterNo Gravatar // Nov 14, 2012 at 10:04 am

    I have this one in my que – need to watch it tonight!
    I was also put off by the cover of Devil’s Rock until a friend told me I HAD to see it. My husband (who is not much of a horror fan) said “Wow, this is really a good movie” The acting is wonderful, it’s almost more of a drama in some respects. Check it out.

  • 8 knobgobblerNo Gravatar // Nov 14, 2012 at 6:51 pm

    Oh! Thanks so much for pointing this out!
    Based on the cover image on Netflix I probably would have kept passing this one by.
    It didn’t really scare me but it kept my attention and didn’t annoy.
    The lead girl reminded me a bit of a younger Samantha Ferris (of Supernatural fame).

    Thanks also for the heads-up on ‘Devil’s Rock’… ’cause I certainly wasn’t going to watch that one based on the picture Netflix has up.

  • 9 magicalshrimpNo Gravatar // Nov 15, 2012 at 11:31 am

    I smiled when I saw this article – I just watched this on Monday night and loved it! I was expecting something kinda cheesy to watch while I ate dinner and picked this off of Netflix a little at random. Boy was I happy to be proven wrong!

  • 10 Father MerrinNo Gravatar // Nov 17, 2012 at 10:54 pm

    Unk, thanks for the recommendation on this one. Scariest thing I have seen in a while and lots of fun.

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