The Pact Gets a New Poster and Synopsis!

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While most sites were content with giving you a postage stamp-sized look at the new teaser one-sheet for The Pact, we decided to wait until we could get you cats a really good look at this sweet retro one-sheet! Dig it!

From the Press Release
Production has just wrapped on the terrifying ghost story The Pact, written and directed by Nicholas McCarthy. The feature is based on McCarthy’s short of the same name that premiered this past January at the Sundance Film Festival 2011. The financing was arranged by Content Media Corporation Ltd. Ross M. Dinerstein of Preferred Content produces, and Content Film’s President, Jamie Carmichael, serves as Executive Producer.

“The moment I saw the short film at Sundance, I knew there was an opportunity to make a really strong feature version,” says Carmichael, “and after meeting Nick, I was convinced that he was a real director with that special quality that would allow us to make a truly frightening but elevated genre film.”

The production is a rare case of a short film turning into a feature in less than a year after its premiere. The international sales team at Content screened the short in Park City and immediately knew that McCarthy’s short had the potential to make a great feature film. Carmichael enlisted the help of producer Ross M. Dinerstein, whom he worked with on Xavier Gens’ THE DIVIDE and Jonathan Liebesman’s THE KILLING ROOM, and set out to make McCarthy’s dream of directing a feature film a reality. McCarthy had only one condition – all of the department heads (Cinematographer Bridger Nielson, Production Designer Walter Barnett, Composer Ronen Landa, and Editor Adriaan van Zyl) from the short film had to be a part of the feature.

“Nick and his team did such a great job on the short,” says Dinerstein, “so it was an easy decision to make to bring everyone back for the movie.”

After just a few drafts the film was green-lit and the casting process began. The cast includes Caity Lotz in the lead role. Lotz was previously seen in “Mad Men” in a recurring role and MTV’s “Death Valley”, which debuted 29 August in the US. “Caity was my first choice from the beginning, and she blew us all away with her commitment,” says McCarthy. “She’s an amazing actress and a true star.”

The cast also includes Haley Hudson (Freaky Friday, Marley and Me), Kathleen Rose Perkins (The Island), Sam Ball (The Pact short, 13 Going on 30), Agnes Bruckner (Murder by Numbers), and fanboy favorite Casper Van Dien (Starship Troopers).

Preferred Content’s Kevin Iwashina will be handling the North American distribution rights, and Content will be representing the international distribution rights.

The Pact Gets a New Poster and Synopsis!

Based on Nicholas McCarthy’s acclaimed spine-chilling Sundance 2011 short, and from the producer of Xavier Gens’ SXSW sensation THE DIVIDE, comes a terrifying ghost story in the classic horror tradition of Hitchcock’s PSYCHO, Argento’s SUSPIRIA and Nakata’s RING…

When their mother dies, sisters Annie and Nicole finally begin to face their disturbing childhood, and the time they spent locked in the ‘punishment room.’ Soon Nicole visits her mother’s house to deal with the estate and spend the night — and mysteriously vanishes. Annie reluctantly returns home and begins rooting through her mother’s belongings for answers, happening upon a picture of her mother standing beside an unknown young woman and feeling an eerie presence…

Soon their cousin Liz, charged with caring for Nicole’s infant daughter Eva, joins Annie in the house, and all seems relatively calm — until Liz too disappears in the middle of the night. Desperately searching the house for her, Annie suddenly feels a hand grip the back of her neck before being brutally attacked by a violent, unseen force. Escaping with Eva and scared for her life, Annie’s frantic search for clues continues while she begins to experience visions of a mysterious figure hunched over, head in hands, rocking…

Unfolding like an intensely atmospheric and horrifying nightmare, with an extraordinary twist that will shock and surprise even the most well versed of horror fans, THE PACT delves into secrets so sinister, so deeply unsettling, so downright scary, that audiences will experience the true meaning of fear right up to the final unforgettable frame.

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