Apparently The First "Pact" Didn't Keep Review

It's hard to know what kind of reaction The Pact II was going for. The moody lighting and gruesome subject matter suggest that at some point during its hour and a half run time, the film hopes that you will be scared, but it's clear pretty early on that writers/directors Dallas Richard Hallam and Patrick Horvath aren't clear on just how to evoke such a feeling. They have all the ornaments down (serial killers, weird dreams), but when you put it all together, it doesn't feel like much.

Crime scene cleaner June (Camilla Luddington) finds herself at the scene of a crime that mimics the pattern of the first film’s ‘Judas Killer’; at the same time, her cop boyfriend (Scott Michael Foster) starts arguing jurisdiction with a pushy FBI agent (Patrick Fischler), whose pursuit of the Judas Killer leads him back to June. Her mother, it turns out, was Judas’s first victim, and before long, June starts having visions of the killer, leading her to find out more about her family, and closer and closer to the copycat killer. The plot’s a little too complicated to generate much heat, but the film’s command of sound, staging, and atmosphere don’t do it any favors, feeling loose and airy when it should be sharp and menacing.

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"The Pact II" is on sale July 7, 2015 and is not rated. Horror. Directed by Dallas Richard Hallam, Patrick Horvath. Written by Dallas Richard Hallam, Patrick Horvath. Starring Caity Lotz, Camilla Luddington, Patrick Fischler, Scott Michael Foster.

Sep
12
2015
Anders Nelson • Associate Editor

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