The Apparition

The Apparition
The Apparition
  • PG-13
  • 1h 22m
  • 2012
Rotten3%
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Harry Potter's Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) embraces the dark side in this supernatural thriller in the vein of Paranormal Activity, produced by Joel Silver's Dark Castle genre banner. When frightening events start to occur in their home, a young couple, Kelly (Twilight's Ashley Greene) and Ben (Gossip Girl's 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 (Felton), but even with his help they may already be too late to save themselves from this terrifying force....

Rotten Tomatoes® Score

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Rotten3%
Critics Consensus: The Apparition fails to offer anything original, isn't particularly scary, and offers so little in the way of dramatic momentum that it's more likely to put you to sleep than thrill you.
Reviews
Chicago Reader
Ben Sachs
Fresh

This horror movie from Warner Bros. is nothing special, but it's nice to see a modest genre entert...

June 22, 2017
Boston Globe
Mark Feeney
Rotten

The entity is a ghostly presence amid an even ghostlier absence. This is truly distressed real est...

June 22, 2017
Los Angeles Times
Mark Olsen
Rotten

Something lacking either body heat or visceral suspense.

June 22, 2017
Newsday
Frank Lovece
Fresh

For casual viewers desiring a few scares, some suspense and a sustained sense of dread and malevol...

June 22, 2017
New York Times
Andy Webster
Rotten

Lights flicker; soap and cactuses blacken; claw marks appear; icky molds gather like hornet nests.

June 22, 2017
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Common Sense Media

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Common Sense Says
Haunted house flick has some scares but lacks story.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that The Apparition is a haunted house movie with more scary stuff like noises, lights, shadowy figures, and unseen forces attacking the characters than actual blood. The movie focuses on a boyfriend/girlfriend couple (the latter is played by Ashley Greene from the Twilight movies), and they're shown sleeping in the same bed and walking around in their underwear. The girl takes a shower, but nothing sensitive is shown. Swearing includes several uses of "s--t" and "hell" but is otherwise mild. Teen horror fanatics may be interested, despite the film's general lack of story/quality.

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Additional Info

  • Genre:Horror
  • Release Date:August 24, 2012
  • Languages:English
  • Captions:English
  • Audio Format:
    5.1
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