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The Pact

06pact1_span-thumbstandard Feeling obligated to return home for the funeral of the mother she despised, Annie soon senses an evil presence in her childhood home. As she seeks answers about her mother's death, Annie is forced to face demons from her past.
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Netflix Rating: 3.3
NYT Review
Returning home after her mother dies has creepy consequences for a woman in “The Pact," a horror movie that explores the haunted-house genre. Read the review
Rotten Tomatoes: Rotten 67%
Critics' score: 67   Audience score: 36   Rotten Tomatoes page
Top Rotten Tomatoes Critics

The explanations for what has been going on are weird, fantastical and sort of reasonable, within the context of the story, maintaining the film's sense of grounded directness up to the very end. full review

Mark Olsen, Los Angeles Times

McCarthy is clearly an economical director and what he gets on screen here - while hardly new - is still effective and occasionally creepy. full review

Stephen Whitty, Newark Star-Ledger

A tightly controlled low-budget chiller whose occasional moments of unexpected special effects are set up beautifully by long periods of suspense. full review

Kyle Smith, New York Post

In the end, like a lot of genre movies, this one pulls from different inspirations, and so weighs in, by turns, as overly predictable and satisfyingly recognizable (part of genre cinema's one-two punch). full review

Manohla Dargis, New York Times

In truth, there's nothing here we haven't seen before. But McCarthy, who also wrote the straightforward script, keeps the pace moving and the atmosphere eerie (if rarely terrifying). full review

Elizabeth Weitzman, New York Daily News

There's no pact in The Pact, which is indicative of this faux spooky tale's guiding illogicality. full review

Nick Schager, Village Voice

Basic, efficient little horror item scares up a few little shocks, possibly enough for a modest commercial career. full review

Todd McCarthy, Hollywood Reporter
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  • Release Year: 2012
  • MPAA Rating: R
  • Runtime: 89 min
  • Available From: Nov 07, 2012
  • Queued by: 1090 people
Directed By
Nicholas McCarthy
Cast
Caity Lotz, Casper Van Dien, Agnes Bruckner, Mark Steger, Haley Hudson, Kathleen Rose Perkins, Sam Ball
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