Sunday, May 26, 2013

Apartment 143 (Emergo): "Real" Ghostbusters in Action

May 26, 2013

This is another film in the tradition of "Paranormal Activity" where a widowed father with two kids hire the services of ghost hunters to document and get rid of what seemed to be a ghost who had followed them from their home to their new apartment.

There are no known actors, so they have the "reality" part down, and they were not bad. This was especially true about the ghost hunters who looked very professional. The father Alan White (Kai Lennox) was very distressed about the ghostly presence as well as his strained family dynamics. The daughter Caitlin (Gia Mantegna) was portrayed as a rebellious teenager who did not care about showing her disdain for her dad despite the presence of visitors (human or not) in their apartment. The best parts were when the lead ghost hunter Dr. Helzer (Michael O'Keefe) was able to extract from Mr. White his secret or repressed details about his family, particularly about his late wife. 

The horror tricks were not bad (some images were disturbing and scary), but very predictable. Mostly though, there was nothing really unexpected because the lighting and the sound effects make it known that something was going to show up. They try to issue a scientific explanation for the phenomena which was good, but it seemed that there were events shown that were not explainable by their reasoning. While the film could have ended on a (relatively) high note on its cacophonous climax, the director still added an unnecessary, annoying, very unoriginal epilogue scene.

This film is sufficiently creepy and jumpy for a horror movie night, but unlimately there was nothing really memorable about it afterwards. 5/10.

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