Apparition (2015) *1/2
D: Quinn Saunders
C: Jody Quigley, Lili Bordán, Katrina Law, Thomas Roy, Dave Droxler, Pete Postiglione, Rebeka Choudhury
Plot Synopsis: When Doug's fiancée is killed in a car accident he retreats to their isolated farmhouse to recover from his loss, but supernatural occurrences leave him fearing for his sanity and reveal a secret she took with her to the grave.
Review: Apparition (AKA: Remorse) throws any and everything at the screen hoping that something works, that maybe it'll sort itself out in the edit. It never does.
First off, the story is two separate stories that fail to come together cohesively. The first part deals with a young couple moving into a fixer up house that's rumored to be haunted by the town locals. They say the house has an evil nature and plays tricks on its inhabitants. The second part deals with a young man who's haunted by the spirit of his finance who died in a car crash.
In regards to the haunted house story, there's lots of Gotcha! Moments, loud thuds, over bearing musical ques, town locals who act in an ominous manner and any & every trick that they can drum up to provide a false scare. After milking as many false scares as they can, the haunted house angle is dropped in favor of the dead finance plot. We watch as a young man, as played by Jody Quigley, sulks about this haunted house. We watch as he rejects his friends attempts at getting him to return to the real world. We watch as he's haunted by his dead finance and we watch as the cycle repeats itself over and over and over again. After awhile, it made me want to yell at the screen and say we get the point! The guy's devastated about the death of his finance. Can we move onto something else already?!?
In between, there's a budding romance with a neighbor played by Lili Bordán. Her scenes feel like a breath of fresh air. Maybe it's because there's so many scenes of sulking & spooky noises that whenever Bordán appears, it's a ray of light amidst all the darkness? Bordán has a sincere quality. Her & Quigley share a nice chemistry. However, those scenes only make up a small portion of the running time.
After the scenes of sulking, spooky noises and budding romance have run their course, they finally arrive at some kind of arbitrary finale in which they try to tie together the haunted house and dead finance plot developments. It doesn't work, because when they try to bring the two together, they go against their own logic. One of the key ideas is that the house plays tricks on people. In order for the house to play tricks on people, they have to be in the house.
In the end, we learn the trick that the house has been playing. However, when the audience is showed scenes establishing the trick, they take place outside of the house. Films can get away with slip-ups here & there, but this scene (that's related to the trick, that takes place outside the house) informs everything else that happens. Thus, the film goes against the rules that it has set-up in developing its premise.
All of this reminds me of the phrase fake it, till you make it. The core idea behind this is to act as if or to keep doing something until it actually works. Apparition keeps trying to form some kind of story, but they never arrive at that point. This is a case of where they forget to ever "make it" and keep on faking it all the way until the credits are rolling. [Not Rated] 97 minutes.
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