The Apparition (2012) **
D: Todd Lincoln
C: Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, Tom Felton, Julianna Guill
Plot Synopsis: A group of college students trying to recreate a paranormal experiment, unwittingly conjure a malevolent spirit who feeds off their fear.
Review: The Apparition is one of those films that was delayed numerous times and then was dumped into theaters without any real backing from its studio. The film's box office receipts were underwhelming and it became an easy target for critics to lambaste.
This film is undoubtedly going to be a curio for those wondering "is it really as bad as it has been made out to be?". And the answer to that question is "no". However, it's not some misunderstood genre effort waiting to be rediscovered by horror fans.
The film's central premise is OK. The acting is OK. The direction is OK. The film does on OK job of building suspense, though it too often relies on flickering lights and false scares. There's some striking imagery however. The Apparition is one of those horror films that shows no real ambition and reverts to standard horror film cliches or settling on just being OK. But hey, at least it's short. [PG-13] 82 mins.
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