The Pact: “Scream out Scary,” “Twisted and terrifying,” “Nail-biting Suspense”… Try the opposite.
The Pact follows a simple plot that takes a little while to get going and once it does, you realise you’ve probably seen this before. The development of the characters is poor at best and you can’t help but feel nothing for them and although their acting is above par in comparison to many of the horror films I’ve seen of late, it doesn’t make up for how bad the film turned out. The Pact manages to draw you in somewhat by reducing the amount of awful dialogue seen in other films, allowing the tension to build in the silence, but to call it a horror would be lying, for the weak story was absent of any scary moments and the story failed to deliver anything exciting apart from the end credits.
The Cabin In The Woods: A clever and funny take on your typical horror
The Cabin in the Woods is meant to be a horror but comes with more laughs than gasps in what isn’t exactly your typical horror movie, though that’s not to say it was any less ridiculous or nearly as good as what many critics have said. It has your horror movie archetypical characters and a generic story like any other horror film, but that only makes up one half of the clever, often laugh-out-loud plot, with the other half being a deceiving, often smart and quite enjoyable story line that is somewhat more predictable than what many have made out. OK, so you might not know exactly what is going on and why until Sigourney Weaver helps clarify it at the end, but you’ll know enough and have enjoyed it enough to say, ‘that was alright, but I would have preferred it if it was an out and out horror or an out and out comedy’.
Image from: The Cabin In The Woods, (2012), [ONLINE]. Available here