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The Apparition

horror, thrillers

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.

Rotten Tomatoes® scores

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common sense

PAUSE for kids age 13
Positive role models
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
1 out of 5
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Positive messages
0 out of 5

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.

what families can talk about

  • Families can talk about The Apparition's violence. Compared to other horror movies, is the lack of blood and monsters more or less scary?
  • Is Ben right to lie to Kelly to protect her? Is lying better or worse than trying to protect someone's feelings or safety?
  • What is the movie about? What lesson, if any, do the characters learn?

movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes®

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    reviews counted: 10
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Top Critic Reviews

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

- Andy Webster, New York Times, Sunday, August 26, 2012

Rotten: The movie loses goodwill early on by killing an adorable dog, resulting in a lack of an identification point, since the canine has better intuition than the humans.

- Ben Kenigsberg, Time Out New York, Friday, August 24, 2012

Fresh: This horror movie from Warner Bros. is nothing special, but it's nice to see a modest genre entertainment buoyed by a major studio's resources.

- Ben Sachs, Chicago Reader, Friday, August 31, 2012

Audience Reviews

1 star

"Apparition" is the type of movie that makes you appreciate other movies, that you otherwise take for granted. This is kind of like "Paranormal Activity", only with a budget and zero of the creativity. "Activity" may not be a great horror movie, but when it came out it was inventive and unique. This is a rip off, and a very bad one at that. It's about a couple who are haunted in their home by a presence that was summoned during a college experiment. The acting is horrible, the story is generic, and the execution is poor. There is long stretches of just "spooky" music that doesn't move the story along, or provide any real suspense. All this movie made me want to do was re-watch the first "Paranormal Activity". If your a fan of horror or movies in general, you will probably be disappointed with this.

- fb100000145236770, Friday, December 14, 2012

0 star


- fb100001050230219, Tuesday, December 4, 2012

2 stars

two and a half

- YodaMasterJedi, Friday, November 30, 2012