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Top Ten Worst Movies of 2012 (That I Saw)

27 December 2012 8:39 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

I don't go see every movie. I do my best to see as many as I can, but there are some I just don't feel I need to see in order to do my job. Those I tend to skip are films I'm quite certain I will not enjoy because what need is there, really, for me to head into a movie in a foul mood, with little enthusiasm to review a movie? Especially if said movie is the reason my mood is so foul. That said, sometimes the job takes you places you would prefer not to go and sometimes those movies you don't expect to be very good are movies you need to go see. Such films found their way onto this list. Some of the other entries are simply films I wanted to be good, films that piqued my curiosity or just thought would be fun. They weren't. »

- Brad Brevet

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Dread Central's Best and Worst of 2012

23 December 2012 1:35 AM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Another year winds down, and it's time to reflect on the good, the bad, and the ugly of 2012's horror offerings. We're giving you ten different lists this time, and per usual they come in a variety of formats, each reflecting the unique styles of our writers. We've also compiled them to come up with the year's overall winners and losers.

And don't be lazy by just reading along! Give us your own lists in the comments section below. We want to hear what you thought of the year in which we dodged the Mayan apocalypse but find our beloved genre facing some dark days as violent movies, video games, TV shows, etc., are coming under increased scrutiny following recent events.

But back to the matter at hand; we averaged out the top and bottom five vote getters on everyone's lists, and here are the results:

Best: The Cabin in the Woods »

- The Woman In Black

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The Apparition Blu-ray Review

7 December 2012 7:40 AM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

It's a pretty safe bet that if the first ten minutes of a film contains two separate seances, both decades apart sharing none of their nameless members and captured via different types of "found footage," one is surely in for a cinematic train wreck. Somewhere within those ten minutes, it's easy to surmise that someone in the movie-making kitchen had too many ideas except for the important one; the one that actually ties things together. Such is the fate of Writer/Director Todd Lincoln's debut The Apparition aka Pretty People Looking at Things and Occasionally Each Other.

The film opens up with the aforementioned seances, which is about the entire back story given and all one really needs, right? The first instance takes place in the seventies and, judging by all involved, it was quite a lovely experience. They even take a picture with the ghost they conjured. How lovely! »

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The Apparition Blu-ray Review

6 December 2012 8:04 AM, PST | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

Hey, remember The Apparition? It's okay if you don't. The film snuck into theaters at the end of August, looking all slick and spooky, managed to con $9 mil worth of suckers into seeing it, and quickly faded away. From the script to the screen, The Apparition offered absolutely nothing new to the genre and didn't bring anything exciting to its tried and true tropes. The best that can be said is "at least it's not found footage." So why bother with a review of the Warner Bros.' Blu-ray? Because the special features are more entertaining than the movie. Find out why after the jump... The prologue details some "experiment" back in the 1970s where a group of people tried to conjure up a spirit by thinking about it at the same time. Jump to the present and some college kids try to recreate the same experiment. Like some kind of zesty five-year-old, »

- Patrick Cooper

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Blu-ray Review: ‘The Apparition’ Ranks as One of 2012’s Worst Films

5 December 2012 8:24 AM, PST | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Remember that scene in “Ghostbusters” where Sigourney Weaver slides toward a hellish demon while pinned to a chair? Or the utterly chilling moment in “Ju-On” where the contorted body of a vengeful spirit crawls toward its latest victim? Or how about that little indie movie about a young couple plagued by an inexplicable onslaught of paranormal activity?

If you’re even vaguely familiar with these cinematic touchstones, then you will have no problem identifying their blatantly plagiarized copies in Todd Lincoln’s heinously inept jaw-dropper of a wannabe horror show. Oh, it’s a horror show, all right. Just listen to the way actress Julianna Guill delivers her first line of dialogue as if she’s reading it for the very first time. Or observe the pathetic attempt of a major studio to mimic the cruddy handheld photography of found footage hits while completely failing to understand their subtlety or suspense. »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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New on DVD/Blu-ray: The Apparition (2012)

30 November 2012 2:39 PM, PST | Beyond Hollywood | See recent Beyond Hollywood news »

Captain America’s sidekick Sebastian Stan battles the supernatural with his girlfriend, Ashley Greene (of “Twilight” fame, sans vampire powers) and the help (albeit much later on in the movie) of the evil kid from the “Harry Potter” movies, Tom Felton. Will their combined might be able to defeat this growing menace? Find out in “The Apparition” from writer/director Todd Lincoln, now available on DVD, Blu-ray, and for Download from Warner Home Video. When frightening events start to occur in their home, young couple Kelly (Ashley Greene) and Ben (Sebastian Stan) 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, Patrick (Tom Felton), but even with his help they may already be too late to »

- Nix

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New DVD Blu-Ray: 'ParaNorman,' 'Men in Black 3'

28 November 2012 10:29 AM, PST | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

Moviefone's New Release Pick of the Week "ParaNorman" What's It About? When a vengeful witch unleashes a zombie plague on a small New England community, it's up to Norman, the horror-movie obsessed outcast who can communicate with ghosts, to save the day. See It Because: The second stop-motion animated feature from the studio that brought you "Coraline" bursts with laughs and scares. The art direction is uniquely dazzling, the comedic banter between Norman and his friends is "Goonies"-worthy and the experience is packed with so many classic scary scenarios, that it will appeal to anyone who has a soft spot for movies like "Gremlins" and "Evil Dead 2." Watch an Exclusive Clip from "ParaNorman" - New on DVD & Blu-ray "The Apparition" What's It About? Ashley Greene and Tom Felton star in a schlocky, predictable and neutered ghost story. This is not the "Twilight" / "Harry potter" crossover we asked for. See »

- Eric Larnick

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Contest: Win The Apparition on Blu-ray and DVD

28 November 2012 6:09 AM, PST | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Ashley Greene steps far away from the Twilight films in The Apparition, the new haunted house horror thriller from Warner Bros. that co-stars Sebastian Stan and Tom Felton.

We have teamed up with Warner Bros. to offer three readers the Blu-ray and DVD combo pack version of The Apparition, now available in store everywhere. For a chance to win one, please fill out and submit the entry form below. The odds of winning can be increased each day you stop back to enter again for as many days as the contest is open. You must be a resident of the U.S. or Canada to participate.

When frightening events start to occur in their home, young couple Kelly (Ashley Greene) and Ben (Sebastian Stan) 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 »

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"The Apparition" is Haunted by Inept Direction and Pacing

26 November 2012 9:01 PM, PST | JustPressPlay.net | See recent JustPressPlay news »

The Apparition is a textbook example of just about everything that’s wrong with modern, high-budget horror films. Instead of spending time developing the mood and innovating new, scarier ways to bring the epitome of human fear and anxiety to life, Director Todd Lincoln seems to have spent his budget on a few recognizable faces like Ashley Greene (The Twilight Saga), Sebastian Stan (Captain America: The First Avenger), and Tom Felton (The Harry Potter Series). Unfortunately, the novelty of seeing these actors scramble about in a house where strange things happen—without establishing enough of a menace or evil presence (flickering lights and shaking the camera don’t cut it) or developing the hapless victims to a point where we’ve even bothered to learn their names—wears off very quickly. By the time they explain why it’s happening, the audience has likely long since stopped caring either way. »

- Lex Walker

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A Satanic Cast Takes Shape

20 November 2012 12:45 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Another casting update for Dimension's Kristy, which is now being called Satanic, has come our way; and we have the skinny on just who the devil will be doing the cinematic tango with Big Red and his minions.

According to Variety, Wolves and X-Men star Lucas Till has enrolled in The Weinstein Co.’s psychological thriller opposite Haley Bennett and Ashley Greene (Twilight, The Apparition).

Oliver Blackburn (Donkey Punch) helms, with Anthony Jaswinski penning the script. Production is finally prepping in New Orleans.

Synopsis:

With the rest of the campus at home for the Thanksgiving holiday, Justine and a few of her friends spend the weekend in their college dormitory: studying, relaxing, and blissfully unaware of the terror that is about to unfold outside in the cold. Suddenly, confronted by a gang of violent outcasts, Justine's quiet long weekend becomes one long lesson in survival as she and her classmates »

- Uncle Creepy

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The Apparition Fails to Materialize: A Movie Review (Blu-Ray)

19 November 2012 5:44 PM, PST | 28 Days Later Analysis | See recent 28 Days Later Analysis news »

*full disclosure: a Blu-ray screener of this film was provided by Warner Bros. for review. **some spoilers are below. Director/writer: Todd Lincoln. Cast: Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, Tom Felton, Julianna Guill, Luke Pasqualino, Rick Gomez, and Anna Clark. The Apparition is a dreadful film. It seems created by a machine as the film lacks soul and power. This title is ineffective as a horror film on so many levels. The characters are drab, the premise is bare bones and there is almost nothing in this film that creates for any thrills. The Apparition is likely targeted towards the tween market with its PG-13 rating. Even this audience might find themselves yawning at this lackluster production. The weak story centrally focuses on Ben (Sebastian Stan) and Kelly (Ashley Greene). This couple has recently moved into an abode outside of Los Angeles. Their new house begins to sprout mold and dirty »

- noreply@blogger.com (Michael Allen)

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"Twilight" star joins "Satanic" film

9 November 2012 10:25 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

The Wrap reports that Ashley Greene (Twilight, The Apparition) has joined Hayley Bennett (Joe Dante's recent The Hole) in the film about a crew of college students who don't go home for the holidays and end up paying. As they're attacked over Thanksgiving break, one of the friends takes the lead and attempts to keep everyone safe, while uncovering just who's after them. One would imagine, given the title, some sort of ritual is going down.

Long gestating and previously known as Kristy, Oliver Blackburn (Donkey Punch) is now directing from a script by Anthony Jaswinski (partly responsible for Vanishing On 7th St). Satanic is expected August 30, 2013.  »

- samueldzimmerman@gmail.com (Samuel Zimmerman)

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"Twilight" star joins "Satanic" film

9 November 2012 10:25 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

The Wrap reports that Ashley Greene (Twilight, The Apparition) has joined Hayley Bennett (Joe Dante's recent The Hole) in the film about a crew of college students who don't go home for the holidays and end up paying. As they're attacked over Thanksgiving break, one of the friends takes the lead and attempts to keep everyone safe, while uncovering just who's after them. One would imagine, given the title, some sort of ritual is going down.

Long gestating and previously known as Kristy, Oliver Blackburn (Donkey Punch) is now directing from a script by Anthony Jaswinski (partly responsible for Vanishing On 7th St). Satanic is expected August 30, 2013.  »

- samueldzimmerman@gmail.com (Samuel Zimmerman)

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"Twilight" star joins "Satanic" film

9 November 2012 10:25 AM, PST | Fangoria | See recent Fangoria news »

The Wrap reports that Ashley Greene (Twilight, The Apparition) has joined Hayley Bennett (Joe Dante's recent The Hole) in the film about a crew of college students who don't go home for the holidays and end up paying. As they're attacked over Thanksgiving break, one of the friends takes the lead and attempts to keep everyone safe, while uncovering just who's after them. One would imagine, given the title, some sort of ritual is going down.

Long gestating and previously known as Kristy, Oliver Blackburn (Donkey Punch) is now directing from a script by Anthony Jaswinski (partly responsible for Vanishing On 7th St). Satanic is expected August 30, 2013.  »

- samueldzimmerman@gmail.com (Samuel Zimmerman)

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Twilight's Ashley Greene Up For Satanic Thriller

9 November 2012 8:28 AM, PST | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

With Breaking Dawn . Part 2 bringing a close to the cross-demographic behemoth franchise that has long dominated the box office, the cast of Twilight is now seeking to shape their careers in the shadows of the characters that made them famous. For raven-haired ingénue Ashley Greene, this means soldiering down a path of horror she began in 2008 with a small role in the slasher comedy Otis. Since then, she's played the lead in the serial killer thriller Summer's Blood and the college-set ghost tale The Apparition, and so her next possible project seems a natural fit. The Wrap reports Greene is being considered for a role in The Weinstein Company's soon-to-shoot horror feature that was previously titled Kristy, but now boasts the more enticing and twisted title Satantic. Recently, rising starlet Haley Bennett had signed on to the film, and at the time producers described the flick as a psychological »

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Twilights Ashley Greene in Talks to Join Dimension Films Satanic

9 November 2012 | Horror Asylum | See recent Horror Asylum news »

Dimension Films' 'Satanic', previously known as 'Kristy', is currently trying to secure 'Twilight' and 'The Apparition' hottie Ashley Greene (below) to star alongside Haley Bennett ('The Hole', 'The Haunting of Molly Hartley') in the new 'Rosemary's Baby'-esque horror. The flick, helmed by 'Donkey Punch' director Oliver Blackburn, will commence shooting later on this month. The 25-year old actress comes off the back of two genre entries in the form of her final appearance in the tiresome franchise 'The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 2' as well as subpar supernatural chiller 'The Apparition'. »

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Is Twilight's Ashley Greene Heading to Dimension's Satanic?

8 November 2012 7:11 PM, PST | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

During the crush of news and artwork that came out of Afm this year, we had an update on Dimension's Kristy, which is now being called Satanic, and today comes word of some possible casting for the film.

According to The Wrap, The Twilight Saga star Ashley Greene is being eyed for The Weinstein Company’s much-awaited new horror feature. Best known for playing Alice Cullen in the Twilight franchise, Greene most recently appeared in The Apparition.

She would join Haley Bennett in the film, which is being produced by TWC along with David Kirschner (Child's Play franchise); Corey Sienega (Frailty, Bride of Chucky); Jamie Patricof, and Lynette Howell (Blue Valentine, Place Beyond the Pines). Olly Blackburn (Donkey Punch) is directing from a script by Anthony Jaswinski (Vanishing on Seventh Street, See No Evil).

Satanic is expected to film in New Orleans from mid-November through much of December, according to a listing with Louisiana Entertainment, »

- The Woman In Black

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The Apparition Will Appear On Blu-ray In November

22 October 2012 1:35 PM, PDT | cinemablend.com | See recent Cinema Blend news »

This fall.s most easily forgotten horror flick, The Apparition, is coming to Blu-ray, DVD, and digital download on November 27. Starring the Twilight franchise.s Ashley Greene and the Harry Potter franchise.s Tom Felton, the film was a good opportunity for both to make a name for themselves outside of the respective franchises that made them a household name. Unfortunately, the movie doesn.t really work, and it.s doubtful it will boost anyone.s resume. If you did enjoy The Apparition--which follows a group of college students experimenting to bring a spirit back to Earth, as well as focusing on the creepy events that follow in the home of couple Ben (Sebastian Stan) and Kelly (Greene)--there is some bright news. The sets will run pretty cheaply, with Blu-ray copies costing $29.98 and DVD copies running for $28.98, which really isn.t a huge difference in price, although with »

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Blu-ray/DVD Release Details for The Apparition

19 October 2012 10:21 AM, PDT | DailyDead | See recent DailyDead news »

Warner Bros. has officially announced that The Apparition will be released to Blu-ray/DVD next month. Surprisingly, they aren’t releasing it early enough to take advantage of possible Black Friday sales, and it won’t hit shelves until November 27th. At this time, there are no bonus feature listed, except for the Ultraviolet digital copy, so this may be a bare bones release.

The Apparition was directed by Todd Lincoln, starred Ashley Greene, and was originally released to theaters on August 24th.

“When frightening events start to occur in their home, young couple Kelly (Ashley Greene) and Ben (Sebastian Stan) 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, Patrick (Tom Felton), but even with »

- Jonathan James

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The Apparition Blu-ray Release Date, Details and Cover Art

18 October 2012 6:43 PM, PDT | TheHDRoom | See recent TheHDRoom news »

Warner Home Video has revealed plans to bring the horror/thriller The Apparition to Blu-ray and DVD on November 27.

The Apparition stars a collection of actors and actresses whom have all appeared in high-profile films. The group includes Ashley Greene (The Twilight Saga), Sebastian Stan ( Captain America: The First Avenger) and Tom Felton (Harry Potter films). Despite the star power, Warner Bros. never played the film in more than 800 theaters and saw its domestic box office total come in just under $5 million.

The Blu-ray edition of The Apparition will include the DVD and an UltraViolet copy. Bonus features will include the following:

Witness the Real Terrifying Forces that Consume the Lives of Modern-Day Ghost Hunters The Apparition: A Cinematic Specter The Dark Realm of the Paranormal Haunted Asheville The experiment of the Apparition

Check out The Apparition Blu-ray cover art below.

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