Captain America’s sidekick Sebastian Stan battles the supernatural with his girlfriend, Ashley Greene (of “Twilight” fame, sans vampire powers) and the help (albeit much later on in the movie) of the evil kid from the “Harry Potter” movies, Tom Felton. Will their combined might be able to defeat this growing menace? Find out in “The Apparition” from writer/director Todd Lincoln, now available on DVD, Blu-ray, and for Download from Warner Home Video.
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, Patrick (Tom Felton), but even with his help they may already be too late to save themselves from this terrifying force.
Starring Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, Tom Felton, Julianna Guill, Luke Pasqualino, Rick Gomez, and Anna Clark. “The Apparition” is the feature film debut of Todd Lincoln, who also wrote the screenplay.
Ashley Greene sure could have used her vampire powers in “The Apparition”, a ghost story that you’ve probably seen before, with the first 30 minutes following young couple Kelly and Ben as they discover that their home is being haunted by a growing malevolent force. How bad is this ghost? Well for one, he hates dogs, ruins Kelly’s wardrobe, and makes laundry night a total nightmare. It is eventually revealed that Ben knows more than he’s telling — years ago, Ben and his buddy Patrick (Felton) unwittingly unleashed a ghost during a college experiment. That event turned Ben’s life upside down, and now it’s (literally) come back to haunt him.
“The Apparition” doesn’t really do anything you haven’t seen before, and the ghost moments, while plentiful, likely won’t impress too many veterans of the genre. Running at a breezy 70 or so minutes of actual movie, the film nevertheless seems to lack a movie-worthy storyline. Kelly and Ben discover their house is haunted, then Patrick shows up to help them get rid of it. End of story. I wish there was more to it than that, but alas, there isn’t. On the plus side, there’s a good 10 minutes of the beautiful Ashley Green walking around in her undies (post-gratuitous shower scene, natch). So yeah, there’s that.
“The Apparition” comes with a PG-13 rating, though to be honest, that’s a bit generous. There’s nothing here that would warrant anything higher than PG, though I suppose our leading lady getting swallowed up in hotel sheets might be considered terrifying to some viewers. There is a little bit of blood, but not of the “spray it if you got it” variety. What little bodycount the film manages (note: I’m not counting the doggie kind here) are almost entirely offscreen, so that won’t thrill many horror fans at all. Honestly, “The Apparition” could appear on network TV with almost no cuts whatsoever. It’s that tame.
Warner Bros. really didn’t feel like going all out with the DVD/Blu-ray. Special features include three short featurettes (about five minutes each), including your standard interview with the cast and crew in one, with the other two on some ghost hauntings that are as exciting as all those ridiculous “ghost hunting” shows on TV. Which is to say, not very. So yeah, this is one of those “buy it for the movie or don’t buy it at all” type of deals. If you’re a hardcore horror fan, you should do yourself a favor and bypass “The Apparition”. For the rest of you, eh, it’s a relatively nice looking movie with an attractive cast, and heck, it’s only 70 minutes long.