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The Apparition (2012)

PG-13 | | Horror, Thriller | 24 August 2012 (USA)
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A couple is haunted by a supernatural presence that is unleashed during a college experiment.



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When frightening events start to occur in their home, young couple Kelly and Ben discover they are being haunted by a presence that was accidentally conjured during a university parapsychology 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. Written by Anonymous

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Once you believe, you die. See more »


Horror | Thriller

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for terror/frightening images and some sensuality | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

24 August 2012 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

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Box Office


$17,000,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend:

$2,955,000 (USA) (24 August 2012)


$4,930,798 (USA) (5 October 2012)

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Did You Know?


Todd Lincoln's directorial and screenwriting debut. See more »


When Kelly connects Ben's hard drive to look what's inside, you can see that she only connects the AC cable and the files are already open on the computer. She needed to connect the USB cable to connect the hard drive to the computer and she needed to browse the hard drive to start any file. See more »


Maggie: [to Kelly] Your house killed my dog.
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References The Grudge (2004) See more »


Last Hope
Written by Hayley Williams and Taylor York
Performed by Paramore
Produced by Justin Meldal Johnsen
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Finally a ghost movie worth watching...
11 February 2013 | by (Denmark) – See all my reviews

"The Apparition" was actually a nice change of pace for an otherwise stale genre of ghost movies that most recently have been flooded by a heap of super fake 'found footage' movies that we are spoon-fed to believe is actually real. But then "The Apparition" comes along and manages to lift up the genre from an otherwise downward spiral.

The story in "The Apparition" is not overly scary, as per se, but it does move ahead at a brisk pace, and it does leave you wondering what is going on and wanting to see more. Unfortunately, there weren't any scare moments in the movie, and that was a shame, because a couple of scares and 'edge-of-the-seat' moments would have been nice.

However, the movie does provide you with just the right amount of suspense, thrills and ghostly phenomena to keep it interesting. And it turning out to be a poltergeist phenomena just makes it all the more interesting.

As for the acting in the movie, well then people did good enough jobs with their given characters and roles, although no one really managed to stand out from the crowd. That being said, don't get me wrong, because they weren't amateurs.

I enjoyed "The Apparition" for what it was, a good-hearted attempt at returning to the good old atmosphere that they had in "Poltergeist". However, "The Apparition" was just lacking all the ghosts, spooks and disturbing images. Sure, "The Apparition" is not "Poltergeist", nor is it "Thirteen Ghosts", but it still does provide good entertainment.

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