REVIEW: THE PACT 2

CAST

Caity Lotz (Legends of Tomorrow)
Camilla Luddington (Justice League Dark)
Scott Michael Foster (Greek)
Amy Pietz (No tomorrow)
Patrick Fischler (Hail, Caesar!)
Mark Steger (I Am Legend)
Haley Hudson (Freaky Friday)
Trent Haaga (Killjoy 3)

June Abbott (Camilla Luddington), a crime scene cleaner, finds an order to clean the residence of Ellie Ford, a woman murdered by a serial killer that mimics the modus operandi of the “Judas Killer”. She receives a ring from her boyfriend, Officer Daniel Meyer (Scott Michael Foster). June, who has a troubled relationship with her alcoholic and smoker mother, Maggie (Amy Pietz), whom Daniel blames for burdening June, is questioned by the demanding FBI agent Terrence Ballard (Patrick Fischler) about Ellie Ford. Ballard reveals that June is adopted by Maggie; her birth mother was Jennifer Glick, Maggie’s sister and the first victim of the Judas Killer. Ballard gives June the personal effects from Jennifer Glick before he leaves, which includes a Bible. The Bible has photos of Jennifer Glick, the “Judas Killer” (Charles Barlow), and Charles’ sister. June has a heated argument with Maggie, who refuses to disclose anything. After cleaning Ford’s apartment, June is haunted by a silhouette of Judas and has a vision where Maggie is killed by a woman. She races to Maggie’s house to find her dead body.Ballard becomes suspicious of June, especially when he learns that she had an argument with Maggie before. June sneaks to Maggie’s house and finds a Bible page, almost getting caught by Ballard in the process. The page highlights a quotation about Judas Iscariot and was torn from Jennifer Glick’s Bible. After reading articles about Charles’ niece and killer, Annie Barlow, whom Daniel had researched, June contacts Annie (Caity Lotz). The two try to ask the assistance of Annie’s psychic friend, Stevie (Haley Hudson), but the latter states that she cannot help and that she and her brother, Giles, will move out of town. Though the two decide to end the search, Annie agrees to cooperate further when she realizes that June’s father might have been her uncle, Charles. Going back to June’s house, the two are greeted by Daniel.June and Annie conduct a séance in the attic and call out Ellie’s and Maggie’s spirits, who whisper about the “Pink Room” to Annie. Seeing June injured after the contact, Annie decides to go to Ellie’s apartment by her self. She manages to take several photos, but is mortally wounded by someone. Before she dies, Annie manages to send the photos to June. From the photos, June heads to the “Pink Room”, an erotic photo studio. She learns that Ellie was a model there, though the photographer is unknown. Going back home, June is confronted by Ballard, but is later contacted by Daniel who tells her that Ballard is the killer. She manages to tie him up until Daniel arrives, despite his protests. Opening up Daniel’s closet, June finds Ellie’s ring and photos, realizing that he is her photographer and thus her killer.Daniel admits that he is the copycat killer and that Charles speaks to him, telling him that June should continue the Judas legacy. June and Daniel have a cat-and-mouse chase across the house. While searching for June, Daniel admits that he gave her Ellie’s ring to propose, but was too nervous. Daniel tries to kill June by shooting through a closed door, but she bludgeons him with a bat instead. She heads downstairs to deal the final blow to Daniel before he is able to shoot Ballard, finally killing him. Ballard is taken to the hospital while June is freed from suspicion. She receives a call from Stevie, the latter panicky telling her that Annie left her a message: “it is starting again”. The camera pans to the mirror in front of June, showing Charles standing behind her.Although you have your suspicions of how The Pact 2 is going to turn out in the end, the journey getting there is rewarding and entertaining. Much like Insidious Chapter 2, it doesn’t settle with just repeating what its predecessor did. It builds on the mythos already established and takes you further into the nightmare.

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REVIEW: THE PACT

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CAST

Caity Lotz (Legends of Tomorrow)
Casper Van Dien (Starship troopers)
Kathleen Rose Perkins (Gone Girl)
Haley Hudson (Freaky Friday)
Sam Ball (13 Going on 30)
Mark Steger (I Am Legend)
Agnes Bruckner (The Woods)

Nicole Barlow is finalizing preparations for her mother’s funeral at her childhood home in San Pedro, California. Her sister, Annie does not want to attend, reminding Nicole of the way their mother used to treat them. Nicole tries to contact her cousin, Liz and her daughter Eva via video call. After losing the connection, Nicole sees an open door, leading into a dark room and walks inside. Annie arrives, having been informed that Nicole is missing, and finds Nicole’s phone along with a photo. That night, she awakens from a bad dream and finds a photo of two pregnant women—her mother and a woman in a floral dress. The next day, Annie attends her mother’s funeral, and it is shown that Annie has one blue eye and one green eye, but her mother didn’t.After the funeral, Annie meets Liz and Eva, and the three return to Annie’s mother’s house. Later, Annie dreams of a shirtless man crying, and, while she sleeps, her phone shows a map, pinpointing an address. When Annie awakens and sees a figure in the hall, she enters Liz’s room and finds her bed empty. An unseen force tries to attack Annie, but she is able to escape the house with Eva. The police don’t believe Annie’s story, with one officer, Bill Creek, implying her guilt in the disappearances. In a motel, Annie notices the address on her phone, finding a blurred picture of a figure in a floral dress. That night, she dreams of the crying man again, as well as a decapitated woman in a floral dress; still in the dream, Annie tries to flee from the room but the door slams shut.In the morning she wakes up, extremely agitated. Annie, accompanied by Bill Creek, return to her mother’s house where they discover a hidden room, one which Annie has absolutely no recollection of. When nobody else will take her seriously, she recruits her psychic friend, Stevie. Stevie, Annie, and Stevie’s protective brother Giles go to the house. In the hidden room, Stevie has a hysterical fit, repeating the name “Judas”. They then see the corpse of a woman in a floral dress floating above them, and Annie realizes that it is not her mother haunting the house. Outside, Giles blasts Annie for putting his sister Stevie in harm’s way. They have a brief altercation, and Giles angrily drives away with Stevie, leaving Annie all by herself. Researching Judas online, Annie finds a serial killer, dubbed the “Judas Killer”, who decapitated a woman in a floral dress, Jennifer Glick. Annie also discovers that her mother has a brother, and that both had connections with Glick.Creek investigates the house after finding a mysterious photo pointing to a cupboard, where there is a secret door leading into the hidden room. Creek is then murdered by an unknown assailant. Desperate for answers, Annie uses a makeshift Ouija board to contact Glick, who confirms her suspicions that Glick was murdered by her uncle, the Judas killer. Annie sees Judas come up from a secret hatch, and hides, discovering the bodies of Creek and Nicole. While Judas cries, Annie takes Creek’s gun but is overpowered by Judas and knocked unconscious. She awakens to find herself tied up and imprisoned in the closet, but manages to escape, stabbing Judas with a coat hanger. Before Judas can kill her, Glick’s spirit pulls her away, to Creek’s gun. Annie shoots Judas, killing him, noting that he has heterochromia as well. In the aftermath, Annie is awarded custody of Nicole’s daughter, Eva. With Liz and Nicole dead, the house has been sold and is under renovations. In the final scene, which may or may not be a part of Annie’s dream, Judas’ eye opens, and he looks around.Most horror movies either insult the audience a little by over-explaining, or they leave many elements simply unexplained (which can be a plus too.) This one actually gives you all the clues you need to put it together and get the answers. Really, it’s all there – if you are observant, you don’t need the characters to spell it out for you. I found the characters and dialog very believable (for a horror film, of course.). A decent Horror and a must see for fans of Caity Lotz.