Review: THE APPARITION (2012)

It was originally called THE NOTHING HAPPENS, but they thought that might turn people away.

 

Directed by: Todd Lincoln

Stars: Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, and Tom Felton

MPAA Rating: PG-13

 

 

 What are ghosts? Are they the spirits of those who have died under duress? Are they simply environmental anomalies or energies? Are they phenomena resulting from the psyche’s of those in the vicinity? Are they from another dimension, desperate to gain access here to our own? The new film, THE APPARITION, has it’s own ideas about where ghosts come from and what they desire. Is it compelling enough to make for a new classic horror film?

THE APPARITION follows a young couple as they settle into their new home in a relatively new neighborhood. However, their lives are soon turned into a nightmare as a malevolent spirit wrecks their home and threatens their safety. Why is it here? What does it want? Why is it attacking them? And what does this have to to do with a disastrous college experiment?

It cannot be sugar-coated; this film is terrible. The plot is monotonous: no tension, suspense, or genuine scares. The characters are stale. It’s unlikely you will find a more boring, commonplace, or vapid group of people in a horror film, which is quite a feat in itself. Worse still, the menacing spectre makes very little sense. It’s actions and attempts to terrify the couple are random and often pointless. An explanation is given at the end that seeks to explain the behavior, but even when that is applied the actions are still illogical.

The filmmakers did a decent job from a technical standpoint. It’s a well-shot movie, even if nothing that is shot is particularly interesting. None of the actors do a bad job, but they do nothing to distinguish themselves or give life to the characters. The music by tomandandy is the only silver lining. It is at least cool to listen to the film.

There’s really nothing else to say. THE APPARITION comes across as such a passionless, meaningless effort that it seems as if this reviewer has given more care to writing about it than the filmmakers did in actually making it. It isn’t scary. It isn’t fun. It doesn’t even manage to be interesting. It’s a long one hour and fourteen minute ride that isn’t worth the trouble at any price.

THE APPARITION is now playing in theaters nationwide. It cannot be recommended at all by this critic.

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