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The Apparition

I ain’t ’fraid of no ghosts.

Rod Lott November 28th, 2012

Call me crazy, but 3,400 square feet seems like an awfully massive home for a strip-mall veterinarian's assistant and a Geek Squad-esque installer of home-theater systems. Then again, the place does have its drawbacks: doors open on their own, furniture moves mysteriously, mold appears, and then things start to die within its well-mortgaged walls — a Costco cactus here, the neighbors’ dog there.


This is the real estate conundrum vexing the cute couple at the tell-tale heart of The Apparition, Ben (Sebastian Stan, Captain America: The First Avenger) and Kelly (Ashley Greene, The Twilight Saga). It's all because, unbeknownst to his beaut beau, Ben took active part in a paranormal psychology experiment headed by a fellow student (Tom Felton, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) that attempted to manifest and contain a spirit. The manifestation part worked; the containment ... eh, not so much.

If you don't ask much of The Apparition, you will be rewarded. It won't ask much of you, either, with an ending — empty as it is — arriving at the 75-minute mark.

As with other Dark Castle Entertainment fright fare, the proceedings are slick and on-the-surface; this one falls in the realm of arriving-too-late Grudge wannabes that are perfectly acceptable for predictable fare, ready-made for sleepovers and/or late-night viewings.

Written and directed by Tulsa-born Todd Lincoln, The Apparition benefits from an effective score by spooktronica specialists tomandandy (The Mothman Prophecies) and the likable-enough leads. Greene is not a performer of high skill, but she lights up your TV screen with her absolutely adorable perpetual pout. I liked the movie better than its tepid theatrical run suggests; at the same time, I acknowledge it’s no great shakes. —Rod Lott

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12.24.2012 at 09:45 Reply

I liked the idea behind this movie, but they spent way too much time trying to build the characters instead of developing the story.  All of the really interesting stuff happened in the past, and most of the story is just about them being terrorized instead of finding a way to deal with the spirit.  There are a couple of surprising scares, but I was disappointed by the horror.   I would recommend this movie to someone who doesn’t like extreme levels of gore and violence in their horror movies, but it won’t cut it for true horror fans.