When frightening events start to occur in their home, young couple Kelly (Ashley Greene) and Ben (Sebastian 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 (Tom Felton), but even with his help they may already be too late to save themselves from this terrifying force…
Have you ever sat down to a movie for the first time and really hoped it would be awesome? The Apparition was that movie for me. I wanted so desperately for it to be a quality horror flick that I even overlooked the obvious signs that it might not be. Yes, I realized that the premise behind the film was just like several other famous horror movies. The odds that it was going to take us somewhere new were not very high, but I was hopeful. Besides, the movie starred Ashley Greene so how bad could it be? Greene is so beautiful that it surely will help to overcome any shortcomings in the flick, right?
Well, Ashley Greene is that beautiful but even her beauty is not enough to save The Apparition and the cliché avalanche that comes with it. This movie was so familiar to me, I would not have been surprised if they had simply named it Paranormal Activity Repackaged.
The movie begins by informing us of a parapsychology experiment that was done in the seventies. Later, Ben (Sebastian Stan) and Patrick (Tom Felton of Harry Potter fame) decide to reproduce the experiment. Fast forward and Ben and Kelly (Greene) are living in a home owned as an investment by her parents. Suddenly (gasp!) things start moving around. But that is not all…
Kelly’s clothes get knotted up and tangled in her ocean of a walk in closet. Mold appears. Walls get clawed. Security cameras are disabled. Things turn on and move without any help from human hands. The entire house is haunted! Or is it?
Ben is not so sure. At first he thinks that maybe it is a house making noises. Then he suspects an animals or something. Then he goes searching under the house in the crawl space for any solution to why all this is happening. Have you ever wondered what exactly these characters are looking for? For example, what would Ben have found under the crawlspace that would have solved the issue for him? What would say, “Hey, all those things are no longer a concern, Ben?”
Fortunately though, Kelly is paying attention and so on. She smartly tells Ben to “Watch out for spiders” when he crawls under the house. Your house is acting alive pretty lady. I seriously doubt that a spider is your largest concern.
Ultimately, they call in the expert from earlier in the movie. You know…the guy that released this horrible spirit in the first place? He is brought in and it is revealed that (Gasp!), the house is not haunted…the people are! Man, I have heard that somewhere before too.
From here it goes into several scenes that you could probably guess without even seeing the movie. The one saving grace is having Ashley Greene in the movie. She is an absolute knockout and could have done much more with a stronger script. The movie disappointed me in part because I knew she could potentially be so good in it. The fantastic movie posters and trailers also gave me hope.
Unfortunately, when a movie is so closely similar to the others in the genre, it is going to be compared. When compared with Activity, The Ring and The Grudge to name a few, The Apparition does not even come close. There are some momentary scares in the movie, but none that last more than the scene. Nothing sticks with you about this movie in the end except Greene’s untapped potential.
Perhaps Greene will get to star in something more befitting her talents sometime soon. I certainly hope so, because The Apparition is not the movie for me.