THE APPARITION begins promisingly enough, that has a group of psychic researchers seeking to contact what they have to believe could be the spirit of Charles Reamer. Decades later, several cocky students decide to do the earlier versions one better having a device that supposedly assists them to punch a dent through to the “other side.” The experiment ends abruptly and horribly.
Many years later, pretty veterinary assistant Kelly (Ashley Greene) and her boyfriend Ben (Sebastian Stan) are caretaking/living in Kelly’s parents’ home inPalmdale,California, mostly of the occupied houses inside a new development tract. The area is large, but weird things commence to happen - locked doors are suddenly open, you can find strange sights and sounds and the like.
So what does all of this have to do with the experiments we had at the beginning of the film? Plenty, as it so happens, but filmmaker Lincolntends to let suspenseful sequences run their courses without optimizing promising moments for scares. One can’t accuse THE APPARITION of going for obvious “gotchas” at each opportunity, that is admirable, but this doesn’t end in sustained building dread here.
Part of the dilemma is which the characters do things that you don’t have to be a horror movie veteran, a regular human being, to understand are dangerous and counterintuitive - for example, when one character demands that another leave precisely what is clearly an incredibly haunted house, in order for the character making the demand might be left there alone. There’s an occasion for understandable righteous anger, but this isn’t it (nor is this fact the film’s only type of wrong-headed character behavior).
Then there is the exposition, concerning not only how a past experiments are attached to Kelly and Ben’s current problems, but what are the experiments were meant to be, what you actually became, why the scientists thought they are able to system, etc. This could play well in the novel, but on the watch's screen, it merely plays like hard-to-speak, hard-to-follow pseudo-science-babble. Tom Felton is extremely game in speaking it, but surely there was clearly more visual and visceral solutions to express most of these concepts.
The filmmakers deserve credit for adroitly capturing the looks and feel on the half-empty housing tracts inside Los angeles desert, an environment ripe for fear (in cases like this, it's got not even attempt to do with the story, but it’s still respectably chilling). Area of the film was shot inGermany, nevertheless it all fits together seamlessly.
Overall, THE APPARITION is simply okay. It offers a few shivers, but it’s mostly a case of style over substance and scares