Making a sequel to even a hit independent horror film can be a daunting task. It might not hold quite as much accountability as coming up with the next entry in the “X-Men” or “Batman” franchises, but still a nerve-wracking charge nonetheless. It’s a challenge Co-Directors Dallas Richard Hallam and Patrick Horvath embraced when asked to helm the follow-up to Nicholas McCarthy’s supernatural thriller “The Pact.”
“The Pact” was a sleeper hit for Director / Writer Nicholas McCarthy who worked the film festival circuit and successfully secured theatrical and home entertainment distribution through heavy-hitters like IFC Films, E One Entertainment, and 20th Century Fox. Reviews for the movie were mainly positive not only through major horror outlets like Shockya.com and Horror.com, but mainstream ones such as the Hollywood Reporter, Los Angeles Times, New York Times, and Village Voice. Let’s just say Hallam and Horvath had their work cut out for them when it came to following up the sensation surrounding the first film.
The two worked together previously on the horror / thriller “Entrance.” The experience was a positive one and they’ve teamed up ever since. Hallam is best known for his work in the art department for “The Haunting of Molly Hartley” and “Punk’d.” He was also the Production Designer for the comedy / horror movie “Grizzly Park.” Horvath worked on television shows and movies like “Silent Night, Zombie Night” and “Pit Boss” in the Camera and Electrical Departments He also directed the indie horror flick “Die-ner (Get It?).”
I had the opportunity to interview both of these talented filmmakers about their experiences bringing “The Pact 2” to life. They shared insights on the responsibility they took on extending the story and world Nicholas McCarthy created within the first movie. It was done via Skype, so you get up close and personal with the talented artists as they answer my candid queries.
“The Pact 2” revolves around June Abbott (Camilla Luddington), who spends the days cleaning up crime scenes and the nights using her experiences as fuel for a book she is illustrating. She begins having visions of the Judas Killer (Mark Steger) and his victims just as her police officer boyfriend (Scott Michael Foster) starts investigating a new case. It involves a psycho patterning his killings after the infamous murderer. Are her nightmares trying to warn her of something genuine she has to fear? When real life begins to spiral out of control, June contacts a former victim of the Judas Killer named Annie (Caity Lotz) to help her make sense of the events unraveling around her.
"The Pact 2" is available now as a Digital Download.
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