The Pact II (2014)

Horror, Mystery, Thriller
Caity Lotz, Camilla Luddington, Scott Michael Foster, Patrick Fischler
A woman who is plagued by nightmares involving a serial killer learns her dreams have a horrifying connection to the real world.
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  • 05 Sep 2014 Released:
  • 06 Jul 2015 DVD Release:
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  • Dallas Richard Hallam, Patrick Horvath Writer:
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Really Awful1/10
The Plot.

A woman who is plagued by nightmares involving a serial killer learns her dreams have a horrifying connection to the real world.

Slow, plodding, muddled, hard to follow movie.

The acting is horrible.

Especially the guy who plays the FBI agent.

He's got an annoying fey lisp and cannot act his way out of a paper bag. He ruins the movie right out of the box.

But that's not the half of it. The movie is poorly constructed, poorly written, poorly directed and will put you to sleep.

It really sucks.
Messy Screenplay, Bad Acting3/10
June Abbott (Camilla Luddington) is a young woman that lives with her boyfriend, the police officer Meyer (Scott Michael Foster) and works cleaning up crime scenes. June has dreadful visions at home of the deceased killer Judas and his victims and she draws her visions in her leisure time expecting to make a book. When her stepmother is cruelly murdered in a copycat crime, June believes that Judas must have returned from the afterlife. But she becomes the prime suspect of the FBI Agent Ballard (Patrick Fischler) that is investigating the cases. June contacts the former victim of Judas, Annie Barlow (Caity Lotz), expecting that she might help her. But when Annie is murdered, Meyer warns June that Agent Ballard is the copycat killer; but June is alone at home with Ballard. Will she survive?

"The Pact II" is a movie with a reasonable story but a messy screenplay and bad acting of Patrick Fischler and Scott Michael Foster in the roles of two important characters. The plot is hard to be followed and I slept two consecutive nights trying to watch "The Pact II". Only yesterday night I succeeded in watching this movie, but I do not recommend it. My vote is three.

Title (Brazil): "Pesadelos do Passado 2" ("Nightmares from the Past 2")
Very Disappointed (Major Spoilers!)4/10
As a huge fan of the first "Pact" movie, I was skeptical when I first heard about this sequel. Then I looked up the trailer and saw that Annie and Stevie were making a return to the screen and I was like, "Okay, this could be cool!" I finally watched it last night and boy was I let down.

First off, the identity of the killer was pretty obvious. The moment the boyfriend gave her the ring, I knew it was going to be from one of the victims. And it seemed like they were trying really, really hard to make the FBI agent seem like the bad guy, so I cancelled that out.

I cheered when Annie finally came into the story (it was pretty dull up to that point). She was the only likable character in the whole film and she gets killed! I literally booed at my TV screen. I was also disappointed that Stevie wasn't in the movie more, although I can't blame her for getting the hell out of there.

The score for the film comes nowhere close to Ronen Landa's beautiful melodies from first film (listen to the track "Her Little Dreams" on the soundtrack). Instead we get long drones and the occasional pang of cymbals. Pretty boring.

Things I did like: the shadow scene. Judas's creepy alien-like shadow slowly moving across the wall was really eerie. I also liked the use of Suziey Block (from the movie "Entrance"). She is beautiful! And I absolutely hated the ending with "It's starting again!" Dun dun DUNNNNNNN! It leaves it open for another movie that really isn't necessary.

"The Pact II" just doesn't have the tense atmosphere that the first one had. I give it a 4/10 and that's being generous.
Disappointing4/10
I was quite surprised to see that The Pact got a sequel, but that was a great movie and every successful movies these days gets a sequel i guess. What's no surprise is that The Pact 2 is inferior to it's predecessor in almost every way, cinematography which is very nice is on par and in the same vein as it's predecessor. The Pact 2 does also like the first movie build up the suspense through tension and atmosphere, but it only partly succeed and relies too much on cheap jump scares. Plotwise it's rather hard to follow and sometimes confusing to see the connections, especially through her nightmare visions and the supernatural elements. I also find the acting sometimes awkward and unnatural, especially FBI agent Ballard.
An otherwise disappointing sequel to a near-perfect masterpiece.4/10
Where to start?

First off let me say, The Pact, is one of the best horror films of the last decade. Nicholas McCarthy did an amazing job setting up the mood, atmosphere, and killer sound design. Annie (Caity) created a role that connected with me and I felt her terror as it was playing out. The movie ended perfectly.

Do I feel like there needed to be a sequel? Not at all. Did I want to see a sequel? Yes. Was I sorely disappointed? Yes.

The Pact 2 had big shoes to fill. You can tell from the first shots that this is a movie done by different directors/writers. The studio clearly wanted to cash in on the title. The pace was poor and the character development was non-existent bringing in sub- characters that had no weight to the store. The mood from the first was gone as they tried to replicate scares from the first but only resulted in cheap "boo" scares. In my head, I wanted the movie to go a certain way because I didn't want it to fall into the gap of becoming a cliche sequel.

But it did, It became 2014's The Grudge 2.

Annie wasn't billed until the movie was announced for a release date so I was happy to see the strong lead back. Unfortunately the script written for her was really confusing/brief. She was delegated to on-screen time of maybe a total of 10 minutes and that's it. To go any farther would be spoiler territory, but let's say it follows the same unfortunate fate of The Grudge 2.

That is what did me in. With an even more pitiful climax leaving it open-ended for a sequel, I am almost ready to consider this movie not canon to the series. It's a bad connection, and I hope they do not make The Pact 3 with that ending. If they do, they have some plot/character correction to do. Back track, guys.

I really wanted to love this movie, I really did. The Pact is one of my all-time favorite films. The Pact 2 failed on practically on all levels alongside some jump scares.

4/10