Sometimes the name of a movie alone is enough to entice you. Only if you're a fan of the genre. It would at least be enough for you to read the synopsis to see if you would be interested. That was the case here. It also helped that the movie poster for it looked so amazing. Could it be that I would find a hidden gem of a horror movie that I had somehow overlooked? Well there was only one way to find out.
In "The Apparition", young couple Kelly (Ashley Greene) and Ben (Sebastian Stan) begin encountering frightening events in their home. They 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 (Tom Felton), but even with his help they may already be too late to save themselves from this terrifying force.
It was an interesting move to start the film out with the actual experiment itself. The problem was there wasn't a lot of backstory put into who this apparition was. In fact, there was none whatsoever. We just see this old picture of this creepy looking guy and know that he's the one they're trying to channel. No explanation as to who he is, why they chose him or anything. It would have helped to give us something about him like he murdered his entire family and the neighbors and the body was never found. Something besides just the fact that he looked creepy. But to be fair, dude had that part done easy.
The "accidentally" part was in quotes because it's obvious they released the evil presence on purpose. In fact, that part was a blatant ripoff from "Ghostbusters". They wanted to somehow store it in some special device that contains evil spirits once they were able to get it into our world. Now why in the world would anyone in their right mind think anything good come of attempting something like that? But they are college kids who don't know any better. And if they did know better then we wouldn't have a movie.
Actually, there wasn't much that was original to this flick. They seemed to borrow a little from a lot of different horror movies that were done much better. Attempting to capture a ghost like "Ghostbusters". Strange things start happening around the house to freak them out like "Paranormal Activity". They employ the concept that the apparition haunts them wherever they go like "The Grudge". Now that I think about it, there were several more instances that were a little too "Grudge"-like. Even the movie poster leans that way.
I will give them credit that there were a few decent scares in "The Apparation". However, it's not as though they did it through any original initative of their own. It wasn't bad for a B-budget movie that was a free watch on cable, but clearly the movie poster was the best thing about the flick.
My rating: C -