Alternate titles : The Spirit, Nightmares from the Past.

Tagline : "Think You're Alone in Your Home?"

The PactOne of the more interesting films from 2012, this low budget film from first time director Nicholas McCarthy follows a young girl, Annie (Caity Lotz), who arrives at her former family home to attend the funeral of her mother. Her Sister, Nicole, is supposedly already there. But, she is nowhere to be found.

Despite Nicole missing the funeral, Annie isn't too concerned about her. As she had a history of drug and alcohol abuse problems, so she assumes she's off partying somewhere. But when Annie, her cousin Liz and young Niece stay in the former family home for the night, Annie realises something else must have happened to her.

Getting up to investigate a strange noise, she finds that her cousin is missing from her room. Seeing a strange figure in the hallway, she turns to confront them, only to find herself flung backwards by an unseen force. Fleeing from the house with her young Niece, the police arrive soon after, but fail to find any trace of her cousin or any signs of an intruder.

The detective in charge of the case (played by Starship Trooper Casper Van Dien) doesn't seem to be able to come up with any suggestions for what happened to them either, but Annie is convinced there is someone, or something, lurking in the house and that it has something to do with the disappearance of her Cousin and Sister.

Discovering a hidden room, she invites a psychic friend over, who immediately throws a fit and starts crying out the name "Judas". Doing some research online, Nicole makes a shocking discovery linking an uncle she never knew about to a serial killer and a very dark family secret...

An interesting film that keeps you guessing as to what's going on throughout. You initially think that there's something supernatural going on, but then the movie makes you think that perhaps it's somebody responsible for the events in the house, but it's not right till the very end that you find out what it is that's actually going on there. Definitely one of the better ghostly films, it was also good to see Casper Van Dien in something a bit more commercial than some of the other features he's been associated with in recent years.

Overall Marks : 6/10.

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