Parents' Guide to

The Apparition

By Jeffrey Anderson, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 15+

Haunted house flick has some scares but lacks story.

Movie PG-13 2012 82 minutes
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age 15+

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age 18+


This is the worst movie EVER!!! Save time and money.. A little kid could have directed and made a better movie than this.
age 12+


This movie is pretty good. It's story is alright, but other than that it's great. I think it's okay for kids 12 and up. Definitely not any younger. It has some cursing, and violence. It's a great preteen horror flick for those in between kid and teen. Don't hold back on your kids. Trust in them that they are mature enough.

This title has:

Too much violence
Too much swearing

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The ads for THE APPARITION imply a lot more story than is actually here -- something about "if you believe in them, they can get you." But what actually happens in the movie seems to be left over from some kind of rigorous cutting session. It's less of an arc than a flatline. Which is too bad, because it seems like something worthwhile might have been here once, and writer/director Todd Lincoln takes great care in establishing the remote, empty living space, dotted with sinister electrical towers, as well as the box stores and strip malls where the characters shop and eat.

The movie's early, spooky stuff is very old fashioned and nicely effective, relying on suggestion, shadows, and sounds rather than overt monsters or blood. One of the scariest moments simply involves the characters waking up and realizing that the doors to the house are wide open. But as The Apparition goes on, the scares require more special effects, and they lose their punch. And the final stretch is as baffling as it is unsatisfying.

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