A woman walks through an empty, dim, maze-like house, holding her laptop in front of her.

“Baby?  Can you see me?”

She moves from room to room, attempting to strengthen her Wi-fi signal.

“Baby?  Can you see Mommy?”

“I can hear you, but I can’t see you.”

She continues to pace through the stale house.  A Christmas tree, strewn with lights, withers in the corner.

“Can you see me now, Baby?”

“Yes…Mommy…who’s that behind you?”

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And so begins the 2012 horror movie The Pact.  Upon the passing of their estranged mother, two sisters return home to manage her estate and plan her funeral. These arrangement are waylaid when the elder sister vanishes, ostensibly, into the walls of her mother’s Middle America tract home.

The younger sister, desperately searching for her sibling, is pushed to uncover the creepy and deviant legacy hidden within the walls of her mother’s house.

The Pact, directed by Nicholas McCarthy and starring Caity Lotz is quiet, understated, and intensely ominous.  It’s a moody ghost story that slyly packs grisly punches and ghastly images into its labyrinthine, well paced plot.  Old Ghost Zinfandel, Lodi 2011, hosts a sneaky right hook: it’s a big, but eloquent wine much like the themes within The Pact.

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