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The Apparition -- Harry Potter's Tom Felton (Draco Malfoy) embraces the dark side in this supernatural thriller in the vein of Paranormal Activity, produced by Joel Silver's Dark Castle genre banner.
The Apparition -- A couple are haunted by a supernatural presence that is unleashed during a college experiment.


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Absolutely derivative and lacking in coherence, this shockingly inept B-horror film pretty much defines the worst of the genre See more (108 total) »


  (in credits order)

Ashley Greene ... Kelly

Sebastian Stan ... Ben

Tom Felton ... Patrick

Julianna Guill ... Lydia

Luke Pasqualino ... Greg

Rick Gomez ... Mike

Anna Clark ... Maggie

Tim Williams ... Office Executive

Marti Matulis ... Apparition (as Marty Martulis)
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Suzanne Ford ... Mrs. Henley (uncredited)

Melissa Goldberg ... Fast Food Girl (uncredited)

John Grady ... Apparition (uncredited)
Meena Serendib ... Veterinarian (uncredited)

Directed by
Todd Lincoln 
Writing credits
Todd Lincoln (written by)

Produced by
Daniel Alter .... executive producer
Sue Baden-Powell .... executive producer
Stephen Bender .... associate producer
Ethan Erwin .... associate producer
Christoph Fisser .... co-producer
Alex Heineman .... producer
Adam Kuhn .... co-producer
Richard Mirisch .... co-producer
Henning Molfenter .... co-producer
Steve Richards .... executive producer
Andrew Rona .... producer
Joel Silver .... producer
Charlie Woebcken .... co-producer
Original Music by
Cinematography by
Daniel Pearl (director of photography) (as Daniel C. Pearl)
Film Editing by
Jeff Betancourt 
Tom Elkins 
Harold Parker 
Casting by
David Rapaport  (as David H. Rapaport)
Production Design by
Steve Saklad 
Art Direction by
David Scheunemann (supervising art director)
Steve Summersgill 
James F. Truesdale 
Set Decoration by
Daniele Drobny 
Costume Design by
Kimberly Adams-Galligan 
Makeup Department
Tamar Aviv .... special make up effects artist: Spectral Motion Inc
Vivian Baker .... makeup department head
Andy Clement .... special makeup effects artist
Mary Elizalde .... CFO: Spectral Motion Inc
Mike Elizalde .... creature and makeup effects designer
Aline Hafezi .... special makeup effects artist
Emanuel Millar .... hair department head
Stefanie Owens .... key makeup artist
Valeska Schitthelm .... hair
Valeska Schitthelm .... make-up artist
Production Management
Noelle Green .... production manager
Sebastian Neitsch .... production manager: Germany
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Tobias Asam .... third assistant director: Germany
David Allen Cluck .... first assistant director
Shadie Elnashai .... second second assistant director
Matt Henderson .... first assistant director
David Paige .... second assistant director
Jason Rodgers .... second assistant director
Art Department
Sven Adrian .... set dresser
Henning Brehm .... graphic designer
Tony Bridgers .... general foreman
Shane Buckallew .... lead plaster foreman
Christin Busse .... art department assistant
Stephanie Charbonneau .... graphic designer: Los Angeles
Holger Delfs .... painter
Michael Düwel .... managing director: art department studio babelsberg
Joey Genitempo .... stand-by painter: re-shoots
Robin Haefs .... screen graphics designer
Steve A. Hagberg .... construction coordinator
Patrick Herzberg .... draughtsman
Patrick Herzberg .... stand-by art director
Jan Hülpüsch .... graphic designer
Tom Ivanjack .... stand-by painter
Peggy Johnson .... paint gang boss
Thomas V. Johnson .... lead scenic
Axel Kahnt .... property master
Roxy Konrad .... art department coordinator
Jerad Marantz .... character designer
Jerad Marantz .... concept artist
Christoph Merg .... lead set dresser
Christoph Merg .... leadman
Adam Mull .... model maker
Kailey Newman .... art department production assistant
Steffen Reichstadt .... concept artist
Erin E. Riegel .... art department production assistant
Peter Roderick .... contruction buyer/estimator
Bradley Rubin .... set designer
Cindy Schnitter .... assistant propmaker
Aaron Sims .... character designer
Julia Smola .... painter
Anthony Syracuse .... construction coordinator: additional photography
Alwara Thaler .... set decoration buyer
Gary Damian Thomas .... storyboard artist (as Gary Thomas)
Michael A. Truesdale .... art department coordinator
Chris Ubick .... property master: US
Simon Weisse .... prop maker
Marcel Worch .... general foreman: additional photography
Sound Department
Christopher Alba .... supervising foley editor
Dane A. Davis .... sound designer
David Lee Fein .... foley artist (as David Fein)
Alexandra Gallo .... boom operator: Los Angeles
Ryan Gegenheimer .... apprentice sound editor
Paul Hackner .... co-supervising sound editor
Hilda Hodges .... foley artist
David Jobe .... foley mixer
Steve Klinghoffer .... utility sound technician: Los Angeles (as Steven Klinghoffer)
Mark Larry .... supervising sound editor
Tim LeBlanc .... re-recording mixer
Kimberly Ellen Lowe .... adr & dialogue supervisor
Thomas J. O'Connell .... adr mixer
Tom Ozanich .... re-recording mixer
Pawel Wdowczak .... sound mixer: Los Angeles
Special Effects by
Roland Blancaflor .... creature crew
James Bomalick .... special effects coordinator: Los Angeles
Darin Bouyssou .... mold department and life-casting: Spectral Motion Inc.
Robert Garrigus .... special effects
Kevin Hannigan .... special effects coordinator: Los Angeles
Jane Kilkenny .... special effects technician
Solon Luigi .... special effects technician
Michael Luppino .... special effects foreman
Klaus Mielich .... special effects technical & crew coordinator
Gerd Nefzer .... special effects supervisor (as Gerd Feuchter)
Alejandro Palma .... creature designer: Spectral Motion
Bernd Rautenberg .... special effects foreman
Sally Ray .... project coordinator: Spectral Motion
Michael Rudnik .... special effects senior technician
Jürgen Thiel .... special effects senior technician
Brian Walsh .... pre-build coordinator: Spectral Motion Inc
Visual Effects by
Eran Barnea .... visual effects
Travis Baumann .... visual effects artist
Sam Bollinger .... visual effects editor
Michaela Braun .... team-assistant: ScanlineVFX
Stuart Bullen .... lead compositor: Blue-Bolt
Shannon Caldwell .... compositor
Freddy Chavez Olmos .... visual effects compositor
Chad E. Collier .... data operations manager: Method Studios
Christopher Custodio .... visual effects coordinator
Fabrizio Fioretti .... visual effects artist: Bluebolt
Steve Garrad .... visual effects executive producer: Image Engine
Christoph Gaudl .... matchmove supervisor: ScanlineVFX
Andrea Geiger .... compositing artist: ScanlineVFX
Andrea Giordano .... texture & modeling artist
Markus Hagemeier .... vfx editor: ScanlineVFX
Michael S. Harbour .... head of 2d: CIS Hollywood
Ian A. Harris .... compositor: Method Studios
David Harter .... compositing artist: ScanlineVFX
Jasmin Hasel .... vfx producer: ScanlineVFX
Carla Heinzel .... animation artist: ScanlineVFX
Jan Huybrechs .... 3D Scanning: Eyetronics
Barbara Keydel .... compositing artist: ScanlineVFX
Bernhard Kimbacher .... compositor
Claudia Knorr .... modelling artist: ScanlineVFX
Christian Kratzert .... animation artist: ScanlineVFX
Jan Krupp .... vfx supervisor: ScanlineVFX
James Kuroda .... senior digital compositor: CIS Hollywood
Sebastian Küchmeister .... fx artist: ScanlineVFX
Felix Laser .... compositing artist: ScanlineVFX
Jesus Lavin .... compositor: Image Engine
Alexander Lee .... visual effects artist
Alex Llewellyn .... digital compositor: Image Engine
Björn Lubitz .... shading & texturing artist: ScanlineVFX
Richard Lund .... translite photographer
Francisco Moncayo Moreno .... digital compositor: Image Engine
Andy Moorer .... visual effects artist
John Norris .... visual effects business affairs
Eddie Offermann .... software
Chris Payne .... lead Flame artist
Shinichi Rembutsu .... visual effects: ScanlineVFX
Mark Richardson .... lead compositor: Image Engine
Ryan Robertson .... visual effects producer
Thorsten Rolle .... mattepainting: ScanlineVFX
Benjamin Ross .... mattepainting: ScanlineVFX
Jaqgravan Sananikone .... visual effects artist
David Sanger .... visual effects producer
Hamish Schumacher .... lead compositor: Image Engine
Stephan Schweizer .... compositing lead: ScanlineVFX
Andrew Smith .... visual effects editor
Paul Venn Stirling .... digital compositor: Image Engine
Michael Strathearn .... lighting td: BlueBolt
Mortimer Warlimont .... vfx set supervisor: ScanlineVFX
Mark Webb .... visual effects coordinator: Bluebolt
José Manuel Weil .... shading & texturing lead: ScanlineVFX
Matthew T. Wilson .... compositing supervisor (as Matt Wilson)
Bjoern Wortmann .... I/O coordinator: ScanlineVFX
Kelvin Yee .... digital compositor: Image Engine
Ismat Zaidi .... executive vfx producer: ScanlineVFX
Denise Badura .... stunts
Nitasha Bhambree .... stunts
James Bomalick .... stunt coordinator: Los Angeles
Jan Böhme .... stunt rigger
Martin Goeres .... stunt double
Antje Rau .... stunt coordinator
Pat Romano .... stunts
Wolfgang Stegemann .... stunt rigger
Spencer Stone .... stunts
Camera and Electrical Department
Isaac Chee .... grip
Birgit Dierken .... first assistant camera
Stefan Erhard .... still photographer
Bryan Gilbert .... grip
Grant Goza .... grip
Stefan Graf .... electrician
Jan Grunwald .... second assistant camera: "a" camera
Jay M. Huntoon .... digital video assist operator
Michael Kelem .... aerial director of photography
Peter Kramer .... first electrician
Josh Kuykendall .... grip
Eric Laudadio .... camera operator: "a" camera (as Eric R. Laudadio)
Megan Ogilvie .... central loader
Roland Patzelt .... best boy
Hinrich Peters .... electrician
Michael Piekutowski .... lighting technician
Dylan Pomerleau .... electrician
Sean Prichard .... dolly grip: USA
Lars Richter .... additional first assistant camera
Oliver Senkpaul .... grip
L. Andrew Sigler .... grip
Albrecht Silberberger .... gaffer
Peter Simonite .... cinematographer: second unit
Jeremiah Spinney .... key grip
Sam Urdank .... still photographer: USA
Carl A. Vidnic .... best boy electric: rigging unit
Christian Wehrle .... key video assist operator
Nick Zeigler .... lighting technician
Alex Zeihn .... electrician
Jay Sheveck .... remote head technician (uncredited)
Casting Department
Jonathan Clay Harris .... casting associate
Justine Hempe .... additional casting
Jason James .... casting associate
Johanna Ragwitz .... extras casting: Germany
Costume and Wardrobe Department
Jenny Lorenz .... set costumer
Lisa Spengler .... textile artist/dyer
Editorial Department
Jessica Bonander .... editorial intern
Joseph Derrico III .... assistant editor (credits only)
Gabriel J. Diaz .... editor: end title sequence
Maxine Gervais .... digital intermediate colorist
Erik Kaufmann .... on-line editor
Adam Ohl .... digital intermediate producer
Melany Sirkedjian .... post-production assistant
David Thomas .... digital cinema producer
Lee Wimer .... color timer
Location Management
Armando Boquiren .... key assistant location manager/scout
Alasdair Boyd .... location manager
Michael Herbell .... assistant location manager
Brian Patrick Kinney .... key assistant location manager
Martine White .... key assistant location manager
Ivan Siebel .... location scout (uncredited)
Ivan Siebel .... location scout: California (uncredited)
Music Department
Gabe Castro .... pro tools operator: music
Alexina Matisse .... music coordinator
Aminé Ramer .... music supervisor (as Amine Ramer)
Brian Richards .... music editor
Andy Ross .... music co-ordinator
Transportation Department
Leonel Alvarez .... driver: Los Angeles
Chris Alviani .... driver: Los Angeles
Iris Barbarino .... driver: Los Angeles
Cammie Caira .... driver: Los Angeles
Cody Caira .... driver: Los Angeles
Delwin Chin .... driver: Los Angeles
Michael Chonos .... driver: Los Angeles
Kaiser Clark .... driver
Peyton J. Fitzpatrick .... driver: Los Angeles
Tony Greasley .... driver: Los Angeles
Daniel Huhn .... personal driver Andrew Rona
Matthias Langwich .... driver (as Mathias Langwich)
Paolo Maggio .... driver: cast
Jim Oge Jr. .... driver
Thomas Siegert .... production driver
Mark Sorani .... driver: Los Angeles
Joseph Sparks .... driver: Los Angeles (as Joe Sparks)
Russ Tolliver .... driver: Los Angeles
Tad Venger .... driver: Los Angeles
Mike Wacker .... driver
Rick Womelduff .... driver: Los Angeles
Victor Ybiernas .... driver: Los Angeles
Erhan Özer .... driver (as Ergan Oezer)
Other crew
Matthew Ackerson .... key set production assistant: reshoots
Natalia Anderson .... production coordinator: additional photography
Markus Bensch .... production executive: Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures
Dashiell Boam .... assistant to Andrew Rona
Milena Bomalick .... production secretary
Sofia Bossman .... production assistant
Gero Brugmann .... legal counsel: for Studio Babelsberg
Jennifer Bydwell .... product placement
Nina Büttner .... production accountant: Germany
Exchange Communications .... IT/Communications
Melissa DeFauw .... animal trainer
Danika Kohler Doman .... production coordinator (as Danika Kohler)
Christian Fischer .... assistant accountant: Germany
Patrizia Fischer .... production assistant
Cliff Fleming .... helicopter pilot
Michael Frayeh .... financial controller
Meline Frey .... subsidies coordinator: Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures
Elliot Gannon .... set production assistant: reshoots
Katharina Gapski .... production coordinator
Mirjam Grosse Darrelmann .... assistant: Mr. Molfenter
Jurgen Heimann .... mechanical department
Rabeah Hinrichs .... cashier: Germany
Michael Hird .... medic
Katja Hoerstmann .... business affairs: Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures (as Katja Hörstmann)
Peter Hough .... set production assistant
Mara Joerke .... production assistant
Margit Jütz .... assistant accountant: Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures
Ellie Kemps .... assistant production coordinator
Ronald J. Levin .... legal representative
Martina Ludwig .... assistant: Mr. Woebcken and Mr. Fisser
John Malakoff .... production travel consultant
Christian Malouf .... payroll accountant
Alex McAtee .... assistant production office coordinator
Paulette Osorio .... unit publicist
Scott Peterson .... script supervisor
Ryan Radefeld .... production assistant
Bobby Ravanshenas .... assistant to cast
Rickie-Lee Roberts .... key set production assistant
Ryan Robertson .... main title producer
Evan L. Robichaud .... production assistant
Maxwell Salberg .... production assistant: reshoots
Wolfgang Schwedler .... accountant: Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures
Megan Shields .... assistant to T. Lincoln & S. Baden-Powell
Mo Stemen .... production secretary
Tyler Stratton .... key set production assistant: Los Angeles
Didi Tokova .... first assistant accountant
Chanda Venable .... production staff
Marlon 'Goose' Wall .... set production assistant
Joshua P. Warren .... ghost consultant
Alex Wirtzer .... production assistant
Eike Wolf .... production publicist (babelsberg )
Eike Wolf .... production publicist: Studio Babelsberg
Sonja B. Zimmer .... production executive: Studio Babelsberg Motion Pictures
Ashton Shane .... body double: Ashley Greene (uncredited)
James Herbert .... special thanks

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Rated PG-13 for terror/frightening images and some sensuality
83 min | USA:82 min
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Although similarities have been drawn between this film and Japanese horror film Pulse (2001), this film is not officially a remake of that film, any similarities were purely coincidental.See more »
Revealing mistakes: When Kelly is unpacking and placing clothes in the drawer, the dresser moves about 8 inches while she is looking away. When she notices it and looks down at the carpet, she sees the indentation where the dresser leg was, but an elongated slight indentation is missing which the leg should have created by being dragged on the carpet.See more »
Kelly:The only way to protect ourselves is to live in a box.See more »
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67 out of 94 people found the following review useful.
Absolutely derivative and lacking in coherence, this shockingly inept B-horror film pretty much defines the worst of the genre, 24 August 2012
Author: moviexclusive from Singapore

True to its title, 'The Apparition' arrives almost too quietly in cinemas this week – though rather than being a marketing gimmick like how the first 'Paranormal Activity' built its cult status, there is a much more straightforward reason why this low-budget B-grade horror flick has come without any fanfare. It is flat out bad, no less than bottom of the barrel stuff, even if you approach it with the kind of lowered standards you typically take to such fly-by-night productions from Joel Silver's Dark Castle Entertainment or Sam Raimi's Ghost House Pictures.

Indeed, it is from the former that this first-time feature by writer/director Todd Lincoln hails from, and suffice to say that despite being bestowed the rare honour of shouldering dual responsibilities on this film, it is unlikely that Lincoln will find himself with similar luck soon. His 'Apparition' shows none of the ingenuity or even coherence of Oren Peli's 'Paranormal Activity', one of the few horror classics that he tries to emulate in the course of a muddled and practically nonexistent plot.

After setting the scene with a 1970s séance experiment where a group of researchers used their minds to conjure the spirit of a lost colleague back into this world, the film opens with a similar procedure carried out by three amateur parapsychology students - Patrick (Tom Felton), Ben (Sebastian Stan), and Lydia (Julianna Guill). Successful they may have been, their efforts have opened a portal for a spirit to grab Lydia back into the netherworld. Fast forward four years later, and the story picks up with Ben moving into a new house with his current girlfriend Kelly (Ashley Greene).

Playing like a teen friendly version of 'Paranormal Activity', strange occurrences start happening around their home, including the obligatory flickering lights, shadows in the dark and moving furniture. Then Lincoln remembers a certain horror movie he watched called 'Dark Water', and the said apparition begins appearing as a black mouldy patch on the ceilings and below the linoleum floors. Further on, Lincoln recalls 'Ju- On' and the apparition turns into a black-skinned long-haired girl moving on all fours. But more frustrating than its derivativeness is how lethargic the whole affair is.

Never once do you feel that the threat to Kelly or Ben is real, nor in fact do you care for their predicament. That's partly because Lincoln doesn't know how to build tension even with a brief 75 minutes running time (sans the protracted end credits), and partly because the actors involved look plain uninvolved. And really how do you identify with characters who spout lines as inane as – "Our house is too new to be haunted. It has no history." – or the utter obvious like – "Your house isn't haunted. You are."?

It is also too daft to realise its own stupidity, pretending to be much smarter than it really is by reintroducing science into the mix about half an hour before the picture's end with a lot of mambo-jumbo about electromagnetic waves and reversing polarity. In truth, the science in the movie is bullshit, and the more it tries to act intelligent about it, the sillier it comes off. Finally, when it has one of its characters Patrick urgently say that the apparition is some entity even older and more sinister than demons, you know that it is just grabbing at straws to try to reinstate its credibility.

The only consolation you get is that its ending is as terrible as you expect it to – since the rest of movie is already that atrocious, no climax however bad can be considered a copout. No wonder then that 'The Apparition' has emerged like a ghost into theatres, without publicity and without any press previews. It has but one aim – to lure unsuspecting moviegoers hoping to have a ghost of a scare before 'Paranormal Activity 4' swings around for Halloween - and the only scare it will offer is how shockingly inept it is. Yes, you won't find much of a movie here, just an apparition of several much more superior classics that have come before it.

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