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The Pact

3

Ghostly goings-on in a dead mother's house

The ghost in Nicholas McCarthy's low-budget debut is tech-savvy, using webcams and GPS apps to drum up scares, but it isn’t quite enough to save spruced-up clichés from lapsing into kitsch.

After her mother’s death, Nicole (Agnes Bruckner) moves back to her childhood home then vanishes after ghostly goings-on; when sister number two (Caity Lotz) arrives, the bumps in the night get louder as she digs into family secrets with a detective (Casper Van Dien).

It works hard, and the first half hour is textbook creepy, but the oldschool grab-bag of shocks struggles to jolt a dour script to life.

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    • FBSHarrigan

      May 30th 2012, 16:55

      This seems like any generic horror movie. Family secrets, a detective helping the lead investigate ghosts, this does not seem like anything new. The Lady in Black was the only haunting movie I saw this year. I have found that these films rely more on atmosphere and execution. I guess this was just another forgettable one. http://www.videodetective.com/movies/the-woman-in-black/205244#.T8ZQEdWWeJQ Woman in Black still was not great but at least it had a few thrills. This genre seems a bit tired.

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    • Chufferstud

      Jun 8th 2012, 15:52

      I'm bored of the found footage and CCTV type films now, should have stayed at You've Been Framed! I agree that Woman in Black was old skool gothic horror and all the better for it. It sign-posted the jumps, but yet was still effective. The horror genre, more than any other, is always reinventing the way it scares, in the past few decades we've gone from post modern (Scream), to torture porn (Saw), to found footage...so it seems right that old fashioned scares are coming back to...well, haunt us.

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