Release Date: September 5, 2014
Running Time: 96 min
Genres: Horror, mystery, thriller
Director: Dallas Richard Hallam, Patrick Horvath
Writers: Dallas Richard Hallam, Patrick Horvath
Actors: Caity Lotz, Camilla Luddington, Scott Michael Foster
When Jun (Camilla Luddington) starts to have bizarre nightmares of a young woman who has fallen victim to a copycat serial killing, she starts to learn that her dreams might have a connection to reality that could piece together a twisted puzzle from her past that she must come to grips with.
The Pact II is the sequel to the 2012 horror mystery The Pact. When I first heard that a sequel was being planned, I thought it was unnecessary. The Pact ended on such a good note and tied everything up at the very end. Why spoil that? At first it seemed like it would be a whole different story starring a new lead. While it does have a new lead, it does tie into the first film. As The Pact II starts, it feels disorienting until they start talking about certain events from the first film, to my surprise, it’s not in very much detail.
There was a pacing issue with this film. It dragged in areas and was more of a mystery than a horror film, while the first film was the complete opposite, which gave it an inconsistent feel. I blame this on the fact that The Pact II had a different writer and director. The directing is not much of an issue except for Jun’s character. It’s strange how easily she can get over ones death, especially when that person was close to her, yet seem heartbroken over someone she’s only known for a day.
There are two returning characters from the first film that have been incorporated into Jun’s story , which you see in the trailer. Their parts were not as big as the trailer made them seem. They really could have been used as cameos to progress the story along at certain points but Instead, it felt like they were wasted and became throwaway characters. There was really no need to try and tie them into everything.
What was the most surprising was that the film focused more on the mystery side of things. This would not be so bothersome if the horror was actually scary. Their build into what little horror the film did have fell completely flat. One of this films highlights is twenty minutes in when Jun starts to suspect she’s not alone in her house. This scene is wonderfully done and is subtle at first and slowly builds. It’s a shame the rest of the horror scenes, with what little they had, couldn’t have had this consistency. Another disappointment was the predictability. It’s easy to guess a lot of the outcome towards the middle of the film.
The Pact II has a hard time delivering the scare and story that The Pact was so successful at doing and unfortunately sinks at the end during it’s climatic moments of “fright” that it should have delivered and is nowhere near as memorable as it’s predecessor.