Back in October of last year, I posted a compilation of horror movies that stood out as being better than expected in the vast sea of crap available on Netflix streaming. Last November, I followed up with a recommendation for another surprisingly watchable movie I also saw on Netflix: Resolution.
I now have a new one to add to the list: The Pact (2012). The Netflix synopsis makes it sound like it's gonna be your average episode of A Haunting from the Discovery Channel (I dig that show actually), but it's quite a bit better than that:
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.
The only name among the actors that I recognized was Casper Van Dien, and ironically his performance was the most dull and predictable and irritatingly out of sync with the rest of the cast.
However, this movie worked for me in 3 key ways:
1. Some genuinely spooky scenes. It is damn hard to impress me with even a minor spook in a movie anymore, but as a horror fan that is forever chasing down a genuine 10-years-old-again-and-hate-the-closet-because-of-Poltergeist scare, that's exactly what I'm looking for and The Pact delivered a few good and creepy moments.
2. The movie didn't piss me off with a bunch of stupid moves by the protagonist. The leading lady (Caity Lotz — currently on Arrow, apparently) is pretty smart as far as horror movie characters in general go and this was a relief.
3. They mix it up as to what the horror is. Can't say more without disclosing a spoiler.
If you can help it, I'd avoid heading over to YouTube for the trailers before watching the movie, as they're slightly spoilery in a way, but I'd definitely give The Pact a chance.