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      The Pact II

      2014 1h 36m Horror Mystery & Thriller List
      23% Tomatometer 13 Reviews 14% Audience Score 250+ Ratings A woman plagued by nightmares of a serial killer learns her dreams have a horrifying connection to the real world. Read More Read Less

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      Anton Bitel Sight & Sound rather like a modern giallo with its twisty whodunnit plotting and irrational elements, but likely to prove incomprehensible, at least through its first third, to anyone who's not seen Nicholas McCarthy's original and better The Pact (20121). Jan 2, 2015 Full Review Robert Abele Los Angeles Times The story's a wash ... with a twist that won't surprise, and Patrick Fischler's role as the creepy FBI agent is too obvious a puzzle piece. Oct 30, 2014 Full Review Andy Webster New York Times The directors, Dallas Hallam and Patrick Horvath, are fluent in the genre's staples ... And they draw decent work from their actors, who commit to the wispy, subtext-free material. Oct 9, 2014 Full Review Nicholas Bell IONCINEMA.com This latest installment suffers from the same derivative issues, though correctly straddles a menacing tone, while at the same time offering up a committed cast this time around. Rated: 2/5 Sep 6, 2019 Full Review C.J. Prince Way Too Indie The Pact 2 is an amateur, stale follow-up, an attempt to start another low rent, low quality series of horror films to profit from bored Netflix subscribers. Rated: 4/10 Jun 12, 2019 Full Review C.H. Newell Father Son Holy Gore What might have been, in another universe, a decent flick ends up as a whole lot of junk, and The Pact II is relegated to the land of abysmal horror sequels. Rated: 2/5 May 7, 2019 Full Review Read all reviews

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      WatchinTimeFly Amongst the sea of bad horror movies all around, this one, even though not the best by any means, at least manages to avoid completely ridiculous actions like grabbing a shotgun and charging right into a demon's face in the middle of the night or any of that typical nonsense. Although this lacks some demonic presence, which I am a big fan of in horror movies. The ghosts here do the most scaring and the killer is kept a mystery till very end. The suspense is there, for anyone who not a movie junkie and can tell the killer already while the movie entry title is still displayed. Meaning, the secrets are there, and the reveal is also good. No complaints. Rated 4 out of 5 stars 02/19/23 Full Review Liam D While it elements of the original it does have the same impact as the First The Pact Rated 1.5 out of 5 stars 12/23/21 Full Review jesse o First things first, why does this sequel exist? Shitty way to start a review, but it's worth asking. I mean I thought the first movie was actually fairly decent and everything, but it's not like the movie set the world on fire, at least in my opinion. The movie cost $400,000 to make and it earned slightly over $7 million at the box office. Then again this is according to Wikipedia, which isn't the most reliable of sources. I just find it difficult to believe that the first movie made that much money, at least in comparison to its budget. But let's say that the movie did make that, and it isn't taking into consideration DVD sales VOD, that's not even necessarily reason enough to commission a sequel. This movie is a perfect example of that. While the original film received a somewhat positive critical reception, it wasn't overwhelming to the point where I felt that horror geeks felt they had to watch this. This is the type of movie that someone watches just because it's there. Particularly for horror geeks, I can't tell you how many horror movies I've seen just because they're available on Netflix or Amazon. Not even because I actually want to watch them. And I do think that The Pact had some of that. I don't wanna say it was all that, because that would be ignorant, but there's just nothing about the original flick that really inspires excitement to actually sit down and watch it. Which is why I was a little surprise to see a sequel. A sequel that, sadly, isn't any good whatsoever. That's why I was wondering why there was a need for one. I may have still asked why we needed a sequel if it ended up being good, but I wouldn't harp on it as much as I'm doing now. The film does a shit job at justifying its own existence to be honest, which is that a successful sequel must do in order to get audiences to buy into whatever story they want to tell. This movie justifies its own existence by saying 'just because' and that's it. There's very little in the way of substance in this movie. There's a copycat killer going around and, obviously, copying the MO of the Judas Killer's murders. The movie is put together in such a way that you know who the murderer is without any real sort of suspense. There's only two people it COULD be and one of those is a very obvious red herring, particularly if you look at this person's behavior throughout the entire movie. Part of the appeal of these movies, those where you don't know who the killer is, is the mystery behind who it actually is. Whether you do as it was done in Saw, where the killer was seen in flashbacks, or whether you have multiple people, the point is that you're intrigued enough by the story and how its mystery is put together to keep watching. But when you have only two real suspects and one of them is so clearly a red herring, then that makes it a little difficult to get into. Another thing that makes a little difficult to get into the movie is how unlikable June, the protagonist, is. Camilla Luddington was solid enough, but her character was honestly kind of a dick. And the character had an interesting enough backstory that they could have actually used, but they didn't and instead had her be an asshole to almost everybody she meets in the movie. The story is also somewhat convoluted. I got everything, but it wasn't exactly well-written or interesting for that matter. Also, for a horror movie, this movie is lacking a lot of the horror. There's some jump scares, obviously, but I've made my feelings on jump scares known forever now. They're a cheap way to scare someone. It's not actually scary, all it does is startle you. But they're, thankfully, not as prevalent here as in others. Sadly, however, the movie doesn't add other more atmospheric moments to supplement the jump scares, so the movie just ends up feeling completely barren. It's not the worst movie I've ever seen, but this was just no good at all. It gets one-star simply because I'm being kinder than I probably should. It's a bad movie and I wouldn't recommend it whatsoever. Rated 1 out of 5 stars 03/31/23 Full Review Audience Member another one for the "not bad" colloum , kind of annoying how little they actually got through in this movie though. they could have easily made some cuts and made the two movies into one 2 hour and 20 min great horror movie however I guess spreading it thin is the way to make more. I will be ready for number 3. Rated 2.5 out of 5 stars 02/24/23 Full Review Audience Member The Pact didn't have much going for it but this sequel almost had me wishing I was back watching the original. The Pact 2 has a smattering of elements attaching it to the first film all of which technically work but without having seen the first film, most of this film makes no sense. The way in which this film's story is told is so disjointed that even though I had just recently watched The Pact, I still found The Pact 2 to be rather confusing as to what was actually going on. We get elements from the first film rehashed but not done nearly as well, concepts from the first film used and dismissed, characters from the first film that seem like they're only related or used in order to have some connecting to the first film, and ultimately, a story that isn't anywhere near as good as the first film and yet clearly had some potential to at least be an ok sequel and/or stand alone flick. What we get is a film with terrible cinematography where you can't tell if it's day or night, dusk or dawn. Where light sources are way out of whack and just confusing. We get a story that would make sense as a possession type film and plays like one... but isn't one? Or is it? I have no idea. There's ghosts but I'm not sure who they are. There's murders and while I kinda get the why, it still doesn't really make much sense. Motivation in this film is completely messed up and when you add the difficulty caused by cinematography, directing and editing, The Pact 2 is an absolute mess of a film that doesn't seem to know what it is trying to accomplish and never really explains things clearly enough. And it ends with one of those "there's gonna be another sequel" endings... and that's when I just tossed my hands in the air and said "I'm out!" Rated 1 out of 5 stars 01/28/23 Full Review Audience Member Horribly slow and slumber inducing. Amazing how the screenplay can make simple scenes look very tiring. Each conversation are twice the length of normal movie's, one might press fast forward or skip a chunk of it and still be at the same agonizing slow pace. Acting is limping, it has small cast and half of it are awfully delivering rigid performance. It feels disjointed at every corner, even the scares are poorly constructed and overly used. Story is an inconsistent struggle to bring supernatural theme and mystery thriller, both of which fail at making any momentum. It's crucial to highlight the FBI officer, which is the weakest character on the small roster. Every time he's in the screen, he brings inhumanely stiff performance. If this is an effort to build mystery, it's highly misguided. Random passerby reading the script out loud would probably be more capable. The boyfriend and mother roles are also awkwardly played. They never seem to be convincing nor do they sync well with others. Thus, Camilla Luddington as June, the troubled girl and returning Caity Lotz, as Annie are the most decent, by default. To their credits, both of the female actors try to set-up the horror and they do have better screen presence. Nevertheless, the scenes are either plodding or rushed. Caity Lotz doesn't feel as she's introduced to the story naturally, she just pops up and becomes instant best friend with Luddington's June. Their interactions are more fluid than most, unfortunately the movie doesn't take advantage of that. Luddington isn't entirely bad, she has good expression, but she must deal with insipid screenplay which makes her looking bizarre and enacting the same motions repeatedly. There might a few scares with flicker lights or angle shifts, yet even these instances are overly done. Without spoiling anything the mix between paranormal and mystery doesn't pan out well. The Pact 2 instills more boredom than horror or dread. Rated 2 out of 5 stars 02/21/23 Full Review Read all reviews
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      Movie Info

      Synopsis A woman plagued by nightmares of a serial killer learns her dreams have a horrifying connection to the real world.
      Director
      Dallas Richard Hallam, Patrick Horvath
      Producer
      Ross M. Dinerstein, Daniel Sollinger, Juliana Cardarelli
      Production Co
      Campfire, Preferred Films & TV
      Genre
      Horror, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date (Streaming)
      Dec 5, 2016
      Runtime
      1h 36m
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