Apparition Movie Review
Written by Steven Wood
DVD released by Revolver Entertainment
Directed By Quinn Saunders
Written By Pete Cafaro
2015, 96 minutes, Not Rated
Released on May 5th, 2015
Katrina Law as Lori
Jody Quigley as Doug
Lili Bordan as Jamie
Newly engaged couple Jody and Katrina wants nothing more than to live their new life together. Little do they know that a botched engagement party will result in something neither of them expected. As Doug deals with the heartache of the death of his soon to be wife, he must struggle to realize what is real and what is not.
Dealing with the loss of a loved one is never a pleasant experience, but in Doug's case he goes off the deep end, and hard. There were some things that confused me, though; especially in dealing with the piece of property he's recently purchased. The goal was to have a little "fixer upper" that he and Lori could build together and get away from the hectic city. Turns out, the place has a violent history where some killings happened and is now supposedly haunted. We know this because we're informed by a strange old man, which is typical to say the least.
So why do we care that Doug's newly dilapidated house is haunted? I'm not sure, there are glimpses of the previous inhabitants but none of that lends itself to the overall story, which is based on Lori's ghost coming back to haunt Doug. Really, the entire backstory of the house could have been omitted and we would still have had the same movie.
My problems begin with Doug and his bi-polar emotions. To make matters worse, a local grad student named Jamie lives nearby, and they soon form a strange relationship where he constantly talks about Lori during the day, but is sleeping with Jamie at night. Doug begins to act like a girl taken advantage of on prom night after he and Jamie wake up the morning after. His feelings towards his dead fiancé are all over the place and change frequently. Additionally, it could be argued that two different plot devices are going on simultaneously. The first being Doug's constant hallucinations followed by him waking up from a supposed dream. The second and more prevalent being constantly seeing Lori's ghost around the house, and even sometimes pulling a Vanilla Sky by having the bodies of Lori and Jamie swapped during sex. In the end, I'm still not 100% sure what truly happened, especially after seeing the baby room Doug presumably built.
Convoluted backstory and plot, I'll give Apparition credit where credit is due, and that would be the lack of CGI in a ghost story. Too many small movies are plagued with bad CGI and thus take the viewer out of whatever atmosphere it was trying to build. While not scary, some creepy moments are to be had and are rather welcomed in an otherwise slow movie.