The Apparition

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"The whole ordeal only lasts 82 minutes, but that's still too long for a film with no ambition aside from lightening your wallet."
Chris Stuckmann

The Apparition is a 2012 American horror film.


On May 21, 1973, six people conduct The Charles Experiment, a parapsychological experiment, in which they stare at a drawing of a deceased man, Charles Reamer, hoping to summon his spirit.

Years later, four college students, Patrick, Lydia, Greg, and Ben attempt to recreate the Charles Experiment on a larger scale by using modern technology. When frightening events start to occur in his home, Ben and his girlfriend Kelly discover they are being haunted by a presence that was accidentally conjured during the 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, but even with his help they may already be too late to save themselves from this terrifying force.

Why It Sucks

  1. Extremely poor acting with no sense of fear from the actors and little emotion.
  2. The Apparition’s appearance is ripped off from Kayako Saeki from Ju-on/The Grudge series.
  3. Constant too much jump scares and cheap scares.
  4. Offers nothing new to horror and just adds way too many similarities to other horror films, including Ju-on: The Grudge, Ring, Paranormal Activity, and Pulse.
  5. Extremely poor story with one critic claiming the trailer had more story than the actual film.
  6. The trailer states that the Apparition is a creation of the mind, but this is not stated in the movie.
  7. The theatrical trailer did spoiling the entire ending scene.


The Apparition was universally panned by critics, with chief complaints being the complete lack of originality and scares, overuse of jump scares, poor acting and screenplay, bad plot, poor script, borrowing from other better horror films, and for spoiling the ending in the theatrical trailer. It has an overall approval rating of 3% on Rotten Tomatoes, based on 62 reviews, with an average rating of 2.33/10. The consensus says, "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.". On Metacritic, the film holds a score of 18 out of 100, indicating "Overwhelming dislike".

Chris Stuckmann gave a movie of F grade.



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