With the Blu-ray combo pack release of new horror movie "The Apparition," Warner Bros. has created a DVD package that attempts to make the film more real. But if you aren’t onboard with the film as anything more than entertainment, the special features will leave you feeling left out in the cold.
After a college experiment goes awry, a couple is haunted by the force that is unleashed. It’s a simplistic plot, but it doesn’t quite gel over the course of the film’s slim 80 minute running time. Writer/director Todd Lincoln delivers a film that barely makes sense and rarely offers up any scares. "Twilight" star Ashley Greene and co-star Sebastian Stan do the best they can and offer up likeable enough lead characters, but that only goes so far.
The special features take a leap of faith, hoping that the viewers are onboard with the events from the movie actually happening. The features package consists of four short featurettes mostly centered around real-life ghost hunter Joshua P. Warren, a consultant on the film. "Haunted Asheville," serving more as an infomercial for Warren’s own book on the topic than anything, investigates haunted locations in Asheville, North Carolina. Even if you believe, the last featurette, "The Experiment of The Apparition," will make you weary. It shows Warren attempting the experiment from the film, but nothing happens until after the film crew finishes shooting. The only featurette also available on the DVD is "The Apparition: A Cinematic Specter." It brings the cast into the fold for a behind-the-scenes featurette that, again, mostly focuses on Warren’s involvement.
"The Apparition" tagline says that once you believe, you die. But a better tagline would be, whether you believe or not, you’ll die of boredom. The producers took a risk by creating a package about Warren. But it’s one that doesn’t fully pay off unless you already believe in the movie.
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