The Apparition (2012): A Movie that Fell Far, Far Below Expectations


When frightening events start to occur in their home, young couple Kelly and Ben 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, but even with his help they may already be too late to save themselves from this terrifying force.

Let’s start out this review with a comment about me: I am, by far, one of the most forgiving people when it comes to horror movies, or even any movie in general. If I can find one factor that makes the movie enjoyable, to me, it is an entertaining film. I can find the good in almost any type of horrible, trashy film.

I don’t have a single damn good thing to say about The Apparition. Well, maybe there areĀ  one or two minimal positives, but otherwise, this was a lackluster attempt at making a horror movie.

*Warning!! There will be some spoilers in this review!*

So, our happy couple Ben and Kelly (played by Sebastian Stan and Ashley Greene) are living in a house given to them by Ashley’s family. Between them and one neighbor, they are the only people living in this housing development. Once we get passed the whole, “look they are such a happy couple who love each other” stuff and the newlywed banter, we find that not all is what it seems in their house. With Ben unleashing a constant flood of facial expressions that are meant to convey inner turmoil or stress, we find that Ben may be harboring some deceit. Then, the supernatural/creepy stuff begins.

My favorite part is when Kelly is putting away laundry into a dresser, she turns her back, and the dresser moves about a foot in one direction. She misses the drawer, looks at the dresser, looks at the floor, gives the back of Ben’s head a concerned look, and then slides the dresser back into place. No words are exchanged. Then, the neighbors dog walks into their house and just dies. On top of that, you have this mold with pustules growing all over the place. If it was me, I think I would be talking about all of this. Maybe it’s my suspicious mind, but the blinders worn by our leads were a little over the top, as was the “deer in the headlights” looks that everyone in this movie ended up with.

I’m pretty sure the first half of the movie was intended to showcase Ashley Greene in a camisole and panties, as you can see here:

I’m not exaggerating. There was at least thirty minutes of footage of like this. Let’s face it, nudity and suggestive clothing goes hand in hand with horror movies, but there needs to be a point to it. If it is the main draw to the movie, we have a major issue. Note: don’t get your hopes up. The movie is rated PG-13.

Are any of you at all familiar with the movies Pulse and The Grudge? There are a ton of homages to these two films. From the distorted walls that pull characters in to the creepy, slow moving, grey skinned ghost, this movie brought nothing original to the table.

So where else did this movie stray from the path? Character development, logic (I don’t ask for much logic, but I can only be expected to take so much on faith), plot, character interactions, and so much more. During the conclusion of the movie, one characters private recorded journal is playing in the background explaining the movie and the story! It was like being force fed. There were no subtleties, intrigues, or depth.

While I eat, live, and breath horror, I still freak out during jump scares. I can honestly say I didn’t even twitch during the movie. During scenes where it could have been honestly scary, there was no follow through. It just all came to a halt. There was no escalation of horror. Even the death scenes of two of the main characters is lackluster. Plus, the death scenes occur off screen which removes the viewer from the terror once again.

There are very few films that I can say that I just can’t find any redeemable quality, and unfortunately, this is one. I can’t recommend this film for anyone. Overall, I would rate this movie a 3 out of 10.




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