Even though we are now in the fill swing of the holiday season, the season for a good old fashioned fright is always running year round especially at your local video store and retailers. Out today on DVD & Blu-Ray Combo Pack from our friends at Warner Bros Home Entertainment is a squirm filled tale of a paranormal experiment gone horribly awry as something has come through from the other side. It’s time for “The Apparition”.
Starring Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan & Tom Felton
Written & Directed by Todd Lincoln
In “The Apparition” when frightening events start to occur in their home, young couple Kelly and Ben (Greene & 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 (Felton), but even with his help they may already be too late to save themselves from this terrifying force.
Quite often after a movie like this, it’s kind of hard to know where to begin. In his debut feature, writer/director Todd Lincoln has actually put together an interesting premise, but it was so poorly executed and delivered that audiences will be straining to care at even the best of times. Despite the solid premise, the follow up is so loosely assembled and delivered in such a ham-handed fashion that this would literally have to be the viewers very first horror/thriller to get sucked into some of the hackneyed tricks that are implied here with results that are derivative of the genre, feebly slapped into a script that actually offers quite a few more yawns then it actually does scares. Combine all that with some incredibly pedantic attempts at social commentary; your eyes will be rolling while you fight the urge to fall asleep watching this. It’s all actually quite unfortunate because while the premise was decent, it deserved better than anybody involved the either in front of or behind the camera.
With “Twilight” veteran Ashley Greene in the lead role, she sadly does nothing for the story other then bring in a few extra fans from the hit vampire film scenes and stand around in extended dimly lit scenes while wearing some skimpy underwear. Sebastian Stan who may be most recognized from his role as Bucky Barnes from “Captain America: The First Avenger” and its upcoming sequel doesn’t do much of anything other than to furrow his brow as foreshadowing that he is hiding something from his past and I challenge any audience to believe that Tom Felton is an expert of anything, especially the paranormal. The blame can’t lie solely on the cast as this critic has no doubt the words on the page probably read better than they should have in what was ultimately a very dull affair.
Picture and sound quality on the Blu-Ray was top notch as per the norm and the special features included a handful of brief featurettes looking at the making of the film as well as a look at the work of some real supernatural investigators.
A ghost story supernatural thriller should never really be compared to a warm glass of milk that will help you get to sleep, but in the case of the “The Apparition” that analogy works quite well and it’s an idea that deserved better.
1 out of 5 stars.
“The Apparition” is now available for rent on DVD & Blu-Ray at video stores all across the country. You can also find it for purchase at all major retailers like amazon.ca or HMV.
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