ABC Film Challenge – Horror – A – The Apparition (2012)

Director: Todd Lincoln

Writer: Todd Lincoln (Screenplay)

Starring: Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, Tom Felton, Julianna Guill, Luke Pasqualino

 

Plot: A couple is haunted by a supernatural presence that is unleashed during a college experiment.


Tagline – Once You Believe You Die

Runtime: 1 Hour 23 Minutes

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Lacklustre Horror

 

Story: The Apparition starts as we follow a college experiment where Patrick (Felton) and his team including Lydia (Guill) are trying to re-perform the Charles Experiments from the 70’s, but something goes wrong. We move onto meet young couple Kelly (Greene) and Ben (Stan) who are living in their parent’s investment.

When strange occurrences start happening around the home Kelly and Ben must look for answers, first believing it is the mould in the house, but then when Patrick gets hold of Ben we learn that they had summoned an entity in his house and it is still there haunting them. The couple must work with Patrick to stop it going entity before it becomes deadly.

 

Thoughts on The Apparition

 

Characters – Kelly is a trainee vet, she moves into one of her parent’s rental properties with her boyfriend where she starts experiencing the haunting events. Ben is the boyfriend of Kelly, he is a good handy man and searching for his career. It is his past that comes back to haunt them. Patrick is part of the team that did the experiment with Ben back in the college days and now he will help right the wrongs.

PerformancesThe performances, well this is fun and this is not just the actors performances that hold them back, the characters are written one dimension which gives the actors nothing to work with. If we look at the main three stars, they all struggle to make an impact and it shows through the film.

StoryThe story here follows an experiment gone wrong and now there is an entity haunting the people who released it from whether it came from, it plays into the idea that you shouldn’t mess with the dead because they will come to haunt you. Anyway this story is simple enough, it is a survival horror against a ghost figure that doesn’t have too much going on about it. We have plenty of just dark sequences that seem to go nowhere or lead to false jump scares and before long it is over, I think. I can’t say the story offers too much for the horror fans or just film fans and it feels like it is flat by the end of the film

Horror/ThrillerThe horror is mostly false scares which just frustrate throughout, you are now looking to be on the edge of your seats, well this doesn’t give you any of that.

SettingsThe settings just feel like they went and grabbed the Poltergeist location and thought this will do, nothing makes sense for the entity and the hauntings though.

Special EffectsThe effects look poor throughout, it all looks like CGI which is poor to see in a modern horror.


Scene of the Movie –
Credits were good.

That Moment That Annoyed Me Kelly criticising people who work in stores, these people work hard and deserve praise.

Final ThoughtsThis is a poor lazy horror that just doesn’t do anything for the genre and becomes dull quickly.

 

Overall: Boring horror that has no scares.

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Movie Reviews 101 Midnight Halloween Horror – Altitude (2010)

altitudeDirector: Kaare Andrews

Writer: Paul A Birkett (Screenplay)

Starring: Jessica Lowndes, Julianna Guill, Ryan Donowho, Landon Liboiron, Jake Weary, Mike Dopud

 

Plot: After a mysterious malfunction sends their small plane climbing out of control, a rookie pilot and her four teenage friends find themselves trapped in a deadly showdown with a supernatural force.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Horror in the Sky

 

Story: Altitude starts when Sara (Lowndes) looks to put her demons of losing her mother as a pilot to rest as she aims to become a pilot herself, one of her first solo flights involves taking her friends Mel (Guill), Cory (Donowho), Bruce (Liboiron) and Sal (Weary) across country. We get the usual problems between the friends with Sara and her boyfriend Bruce going their separate ways after school, while Sal is being the traditional asshole of a horror film.

During the flight a routine procedure leads to the plane getting stuck in the middle of a storm where they have to make difficult decisions as they could be overloaded. To make matters worse Sal believes he might have seen it something in the storm but the truths of their friendships really come to surface as they have to survive against an unknown beast of the sky.

Altitude is a horror film that puts all of the fear in the sky, where there is no escape from the horrors. We do get the generic storylines around the characters fighting between themselves. We don’t see the creature chasing them through the storm, but the highlight of this film is in the final act where the film really shines. In the end this is just a solid good horror film that is a good watch.

 

Actor Review

 

Jessica Lowndes: Sara is our rookie pilot who is following in her mother’s footsteps who died when she was young. She is taking her friends across country before they have to move on with their lives. She has to deal with all of the plane problems alone but only being a trainee she also keeps everything calm. Jessica is good in this role where she is in control.

Julianna Guill: Mel is one of the friends on the plane, her boyfriend is Sal but really she is in love with Cory, she wants to document everything going on during this adventure. Julianna does a solid job but almost gets forgotten during the film.

Ryan Donowho: Cory is one of the members on the plane, he is braver than the rest and in love with Mel, when the problems start happening he risks his life to save the rest. Ryan does a good job for his limited time in the film.

Landon Liboiron: Bruce is Sara’s boyfriend but he has a secret as he was there in the plane when her mother died, he has fallen in love with Sara but never told her the truth about what really happened and never wants to leave her. Landon does a solid job in this role but doesn’t get to levels you would like it to be.

Jake Weary: Sal is the asshole on the plane, he pushes everyone’s buttons the wrong way. He is the one character you take an instant hate towards as he slowly starts to look after himself with what is going on. Jake is good in this performance because his character puts everything in danger and it is always hard to make you hate a character.

Support Cast: Altitude only really has a supporting cast that appears in the flashbacks as we see what happened to Sara and Bruce in the past.

Director Review: Kaare AndrewsKaare gives us a film that keeps us guessing from start to finish while offering a horror in the air working on so many levels.

 

Horror: Altitude puts the horror in the air with nowhere to run which is great for the genre.

Mystery: Altitude does leave us in a mystery as we don’t know what is happening through the storm.

Sci-Fi: Altitude gives us a sci-fi twist in the final act of the film.

Thriller: Altitude does keep you guessing to what is going on bringing us to the edge of our seats.

Settings: Altitude keeps all of the action on the small plane in the storm giving our characters nowhere to go for help.
Special Effects
: Altitude doesn’t have the best effects but they are on a consistent level throughout.

Suggestion: Altitude is one for the horror fans to try, you may enjoy this by the end. (Try It)

 

Best Part: Final Twist.

Worst Part: Special effects.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

 

Oscar Chances: No

Runtime: 1 Hour 30 Minutes

Tagline: Fear Is in the Air.

 

Overall: Horror in the skies that makes you check every window next time you fly

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Mine Games (2012)

mineDirector: Richard Gray

Writer: Richard Gray, Michele Davis-Gray, Ross McQueen (Screenplay) Richard Gray, Robert Cross, Ross McQueen (Story)

Starring: Briana Evigan, Ethan Peck, Julianna Guill, Alex Meraz, Rebecca Da Costa, Rafi Gavron, Joseph Cross, Lindsay Lamb, Michael Guillod

 

Plot: A group of young friends make an incomprehensible discovery in an abandoned mine, but the more they try to change the future, the more they seal their fate.

 

There may be spoilers the rest of the review

 

Verdict: Mind Bending Thriller

 

Story: Mine Games starts as we follow a group of college student friends Lyla (Evigan), Guy (Peck), Claire (Guill), TJ (Meraz), Rose (Da Costa), Lex (Gavron) and Michael (Cross) going to a camping trip in a cabin in the woods, they are meeting friends Sarah (Lamb) and Matt (Guillod) as they all look to celebrate their break.

As the party happens on the first night the two friends never turn up, the morning after the remaining seven friends end up finding an abandoned mine and of course they investigate it, even with the warning ‘Break the Cycle’ at the opening. Michael had dreams about the mine the night before being his warning.

Things take a turn when TJ and Lex discover what looked like the bodies of themselves and the friends inside the mine. The friends find themselves in a situation where they have no idea what is happening and only investigating can solve the questions but what secrets does the mine have?

Mine Games is a thriller that plays right into what I love to watch in films, it uses the idea of a time loop that our characters get stuck in. We get hints of what is happening through the film but I do find that sometimes we do get spoon feed the final outcome, I will say that this does help clean up nearly all loss ends with only one not really being solved. If you want to see a film that will test you this will but the actor isn’t the best going through the film.

 

Actor Review

 

Briana Evigan: Lyla is the good guy of the group as is the case in nearly all horror like films. She supports her boyfriend Michael who doesn’t fully fit in with the rest of the guys and always tries to find the most ratio reasoning behind everything. She becomes the leading lady of the film when the rest of her friends make the horror movie mistakes. Briana is good in this role but doesn’t end up standing out as much as she needs to in the leading role.

Ethan Peck: Guy is one of the friends, he tries to keep everything on a level where it all makes sense to him, not believing anything as he sees them all having the side effects of the drugs being used. Ethan is good in this role but doesn’t get time to show his skills.

Julianna Guill: Claire is the best friend of Lyla and on the trip with her friends, she comes off as the sexy friend compared to the rest of the woman involved. Claire is good but doesn’t get enough time to evolve her character.

Joseph Cross: Michael is the boyfriend of Lyla, he is on medication but we don’t learn why, he never really fits in with the rest of the group making him the prime suspect as the friends try to prevent their own murders from happening. He is the first to start experiencing the visions of the horror inside the mine. Joseph does the best job in the film playing the villainous role even if he gets pushed into it.

Support Cast: Mine Games has a supporting cast that all give the same level of performance throughout with no one standing out as good or bad.

Director Review: Richard GrayRichard gives us a mind bending thriller that is easier to watch than others.

 

Mystery: Mine Games keeps us guessing to what is happening from start to finish.

Sci-Fi: Mine Games puts us into a sci-fi time loop.

Thriller: Mine Games keeps us on edge as we try to figure out what happens next in the film.

Settings: Mine Games uses two main settings, the house and the mine which are in the middle of nowhere all helping the isolation idea.
Special Effects
: Mine Games has good effects being used throughout the film.

Suggestion: Mine Games is one for all the sci-fi fans to enjoy because of the time loop idea. (Sci-fi Fans Watch)

 

Best Part: Story idea.

Worst Part: Spoon feeds a few too many things.

 

Believability: No

Chances of Tears: No

Chances of Sequel: No

Post Credits Scene: No

Similar Too: Triangle

 

Oscar Chances: No

Budget: $1.5 Million

Runtime: 1 Hour 32 Minutes

Tagline: The Deeper You Go, The Darker It Gets

Trivia: After Mikey has gone to bed, the others stay up drinking and playing games. One of the games has each player with a piece of paper whit a person’s name on it stuck to their forehead, and they have to figure out whose name is on it. Guy’s (Ethan Peck) paper says “Gregory Peck,” his real-life grandfather.

 

Overall: A true sci-fi thriller that keeps us guessing from start to finish

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