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 "The Apparition" (Blu-ray) - Reviewed by Jim Milton

Movies-Dec-2012-Apparition

Synopsis

When frightening events start to occur in their home, young couple Kelly (Greene) and Ben (Stan) discover they are being haunted by a presence that was accidentally conjured during a university parapsychology experiment. The horrifying apparition feeds on their fear and torments them no matter where they try to run. Their last hope is an expert in the supernatural, Patrick (Felton), but even with his help they may already be too late to save themselves from this terrifying force.

Specifications

  • Warner Home Video
  • 2012, Color, Rated PG-13, 1 Hr 22 mins
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • 1080p
  • Codec: AVC
  • English 5.1 DTS-HD Master
  • Starring: Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, Tom Felton
  • Directed by: Todd Lincoln
Rating
  • Entertainment:
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  • Extras:
  • Violence: Yes
  • Sex: No
  • Language: No

Commentary

Geared to frighten teens, this inept horror flick starts out with the ubiquitous “lost footage” from the 1970’s with some college kids trying to call up the spirit of some dead guy. A creature is brought over from the other side, which shows up as a ghost girl ala The Ring and The Grudge. What happened to the guy's spirit? Don’t know. However, the inconsistent story says that the “apparition” is not even a ghost, but "something else" that feeds on power. The haunting takes place in a new home constructed by massive transmission towers in the back yard. You think the ghost followed these guys through the power lines, right? No. They have nothing to do with the movie. I can never understand why people continue to stay in a house that has spooky things going on in it, but they always do. Kids!

Technical

The picture quality is generally good with most of the darker scenes coming off without crushing. Skin tones are natural and colors solid with good detail. The real treat to this otherwise dull movie are the wonderful use of surround sound effects that really help add tension and suspense. However, sound effects do not a movie make. This is a teen rental at best.

Extras

The Dark Realm of the Paranormal, Haunted Asheville, The Experiment of the Apparition and “A Cinematic Specter”. A UV copy and DVD copy are also provided.