This is a film I was aware of but I went into it blind and saw very few reviews. It’s another supernatural mystery thriller and it has a depressing tone throughout lightened by absolutely nothing – it’s pretty grim all the way through. It does a good job with building up tension but the big reveal at the end didn’t really tie very much up, leaving plenty of questions unanswered.
After her mother dies Nichole (Agnes Bruckner) goes to her home to sort out her effects. She calls her sister Annie (Caity Lotz) to tell about her the funeral arrangements. From the call we can tell that the sisters had an abusive childhood and that Annie still hasn’t forgiven their mother for that. Nichole then uses her computer to video-link to her cousin Liz (Kathleen Rose Perkins) who is babysitting her young daughter Eva. She wants to speaks to Eva but the connection is poor and breaking up fast. Before it breaks up completely Eva asks her mother who that is behind her but of course the figure is gone when Nichole looks round.
Annie makes her way to her mother’s house on her motorbike. When she gets to the house Nichole’s car is parked there and the door is unlocked but there’s no sign of Nichole. This really doesn’t seem to surprise Annie and when she checks her phone messages she finds several calls from Liz about Nichole’s disappearance. That night she has a restless sleep and gets a sense of another presence in the house and finds things taken from the fridge and a picture broken on the floor.
Next day Annie goes to police station to report Nichole’s disappearance and she talks to Detective Bill Creek (Casper van Dien) who knew Nichole. For some reason Annie is still not that worried about Nichole’s disappearance and I suppose that explains why Creek and the rest of the police also don’t seem all that worried either and ther’s a hint that Nichole is a reformed drug addict with a history of disappearing for days at a time . Annie’s cousin Liz appears at the police station with Nichole’s daughter Eva. Annie asks to spend the night with her in the house because Annie is scared to be alone.
That night things go crazy in the house and it’s like a poltergeist is attacking Annie. She tries to find Liz but she can’t so she tries to get out but the poltergeist tries to stop her. When she does get out she realises Eva is still there so she rushes and gets her and she flees with her.
Annie wants to get out of town but Creek tells her that since she’s a suspect she can’t. She has to find out what happened to Liz and Nichole to clear herself at least. Annie gets a psychic to come to house and try to find out what the spirit wants This will lead her to uncover a dark secret that mother had kept hidden.
This film really didn’t do much for me. It wasn’t badly acted or anything but it also wasn’t very well done. Scenes that should have been creepy were underplayed and the outside world seemed remarkably untroubled by the things happening at the house, especially the police. I think this film would have been better if they’d dropped the haunting part altogether. Overall I’d say it’s an okay film to watch if it appears on TV but there’s nothing very memorable about it. One last point – I don’t remember anyone mentioning making a pact with anyone.