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THE APPARITION (BLU-RAY)
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Reviewed by: Zombie Boy

Directed by: Todd Lincoln

Starring:
Ashley Greene
Sebastian Stan
Tom Felton

Movie:  
star star star star
Extras:  
star star star star
Overall:  
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What's it about
A group of college students perform an experiment to see if amplifying their belief via computer can conjure a ghost from nothing. They are all too successful.
Is it good movie?
Kelly and Ben are a good-looking twentysomething couple, just embarking on their adult lives. They live in what is essentially a model house, owned by Kelly’s parents. Aside from the regular growing pains, they’re pretty happy…until bizarre things start happening in the house. The house begins decaying, huge rafts of mold appear spontaneously, and objects are manipulated by an ethereal force, as well as the requisite bumps in the night. Could it be the experiment into anomalistic psychology performed by some college students a year before? (Hint: yes)

THE APPARITION sucks on so many levels, it is difficult for me to know where to begin.

No, actually, I totally do: the whole premise of the film, as essayed by the trailer, comes to nil. There is not even a pretense of having the entity needing belief to interact with you, and only one small scene gives any indication that the apparition was actually created by belief, and not merely summoned. In fact, the two intro scenes (yes, the movie ostensibly has three beginnings) make a clear case for it being the ghost of some Charles Beaumont dude. Yes, the screenwriting is so crappy that it can’t even adequately set up its own premise.

Aside from the poor script and ham-fisted editing, there is never any tension in the film because the malign spirit is pretty damned powerful from the get-go. There is no sort of build-up of events. The SFX are done really well, but as any true horror fan will tell you, shoddy effects and a good story are far more effective than the reverse case, such as we have here. And as if the film wasn’t already a debacle, the ending manages to be both confusing and anticlimactic. Do yourself a favor and ignore this thing with extreme prejudice.
Video / Audio
Video: 1080p, 2.4:1, enhanced for 16x9 televisions.

Audio: DTS HD Master Audio: English and Spanish 5.1 Dolby Digital tracks, with optional English SDH, French, and Spanish subtitles.
The Extras
There are four featurettes here, ranging in length from four to ten minutes. The Apparition: A Cinematic Spectre is the shortest, and the only one that has even nominal interaction with the cast. A few of the stars fluff it a bit, then attention is handed over to Joshua P. Warren, some sort of ghost hunter/radio talk show host. He dominates the other three featurettes, The Dark Realm of Paranormal, Haunted Asheville, and The Experiment of The Apparition. The last of those three is the only one that references the film, with Warren and his crew recreating the experiment that kicks off the film. Nothing happens, but afterwards we get a title card saying that after the event strange things began happening. Odd nothing happened on camera, huh?
Last Call
To be blunt: avoid this film. It’s a complete debacle. The SFX people deserve credit for doing their work well, but it was wasted on a film poorly made in every other respect. It’s nonsensical and boring, and belies both the trailer and even the cover of the damned disc. Shoddy, shoddy, shoddy.
ARROW IN THE HEAD'S RATING SYSTEM
star star star star I'D BUTCHER MY FAMILY TO SEE THIS AGAIN
star star star HANG ME BUT I DUG IT A LOT
star star AN OK WAY TO KILL TWO HOURS
star JUST SLING AN ARROW IN MY HEAD AND LET ME DIE IN PEACE

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