Apparition, The

MPAA Rating: PG-13

Entertainment: +2

Content: -3

Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, Tom Felton. Horror thriller.

FILM SYNOPSIS: Frightening, unusual occurrences start happening in a young couple’s new house. Things keep getting spookier and more dangerous as the apparition feeds on their fear and begins tormenting them. This phantom that goes bump in the night isn’t Casper, the friendly ghost.

We learn that it isn’t the house that’s haunted, but the couple, as this specter from another existence is trying to inhabit them.

PREVIEW REVIEW: In this newest paranormal thriller, you’ll find some pretty cornball dialogue (“Have you noticed anything weird going on in your house?...Lights going on and off, doors opening and closing…mold.”) (“Your house killed my dog.”). And if you think you’re going to learn anything significant about the paranormal, forget it. It’s just another of Hollywood’s Poltergeist knockoffs.

I must admit, I did find the hairs on the back of my neck raising from time to time. I think that’s due not so much to the filmmaker’s skill but to my belief in angels and demons, and Shakespeare’s scripture, “There are more things in Heaven and Earth, Horatio, than are dreamt of in your philosophy.”

Throngs of folks enjoy fright flicks about possession much the way they do a roller coaster ride. They believe they are in no real danger. But I’m not so sure we should view supernatural themes in the name of entertainment. There’s little truth found in these films, and information concerning demonic influences are often misinformed or misguided as they lack any biblical perspective. Most films dealing with the supernatural are designed to be more chiller-thriller than truly thought-provoking. So beware.

Ephesians 5:11 – “Have no fellowship with the unfruitful works of darkness, but rather reprove them.”

Preview Reviewer: Phil Boatwright
Warner Bros.

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Crude Language: None

Obscene Language: Two or three minor expletives, but I caught no harsh or obscene language.

Profanity: I caught none.

Violence: This apparition, be it a ghost or demonic power, creates havoc, killing a dog, destroying a house, and throwing several characters around the room or sucking them into the wall, etc. Little blood.

Sex: The couple live together outside marriage, and are seen being playful from time to time, but there are no graphic sexual situations.

Nudity: No nudity, but the female lead is seen showering, the camera being discrete and she dresses provocatively in several scenes.

Sexual Dialogue/Gesture: None

Drugs: The couple is seen drinking beer.

Other: None

Running Time: 90 minutes
Intended Audience: Mature viewers

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