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The Appearing (2014)

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A woman once possessed by a mysterious entity uncovers a shocking secret about her past and must face the demon that dwells inside of her.


Daric Gates


Daric Gates (co-writer), Matthew J. Ryan (co-writer)



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Will Wallace ... Michael
Dean Cain ... Dr. Shaw
Don Swayze ... Sheriff Hendricks
Quinton Aaron ... Kenneth
Emily Brooks Emily Brooks ... Rachel
Wolfgang Bodison ... Father Callahan
Conroy Kanter ... Dr. Farnell
Abigail Cooper Abigail Cooper ... Susie Dudley
Kris Deskins ... Margo Dudley
Tom Calococci Tom Calococci ... Wade Fleener
Payton Wood Payton Wood ... Nathan
Meghan McGregor Meghan McGregor ... Morgan
Megan Kiniry Megan Kiniry ... Katherine
Melanie Rashbaum Melanie Rashbaum ... Tina
Elizabeth Florer ... Martha May


After suffering a tragic loss, a city detective named Michael and his wife move to a small town, where Michael joins the town police force. His first case, involving a missing person, leads him to discover that the town is plagued by a dark supernatural force. Michael will have to summon every ounce of courage in order to fight this darkness before it takes everything from him. Written by Grindstone Entertainment Group

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Based on True Events

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Rated R for bloody horror violence. | See all certifications »


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Release Date:

25 March 2014 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Aparitia See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)
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Did You Know?


The frame with the angels Michael notices on the wall, are the work of Gustave Doré. This angels were part of the illustrations he did in 1866 for John Milton's 'Paradise Lost'. He created for 'Paradise Lost' 50 plates in overall. See more »


In a scene right after discovering Susie's body, while the doctor uncovers the sheet from Susie's supposedly dead face, Susie's eyelids' movement can be clearly seen. See more »


References The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962) See more »

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Wallace and Brooks are profound. The film really isn't.
22 January 2015 | by nitzanhavocSee all my reviews

I'm a big fan of Horror dealing with haunting and exorcisms. The Appearing seemed like an average film from these sub-genres, but it definitely isn't, for better and for worse. After watching this, I've realized I'd find it easier if I tried hard enough to focus on the good things...

First of all, I was very happy seeing Dean Cain doing cinema! I really liked him in Lois and Clarke back in the day, and last time I've seen anything by him was his average role in Circle of Pain. So... Nice seeing you Dean!

Second, I absolutely loved the new interpretation of possession behaviour. It of course had some of the motives we've grown accustomed to from pretty much every exorcism film since The Exorcist, but it was mostly quite innovative in its own way. Less extreme over-acting, more mellow and tasteful insanity originating from something unknown. Speaking of insanity, the film did try to combine that factor in order to present some twists, but these were sadly not that impressive.

Finally, the best feature of this film is without a doubt newbie actress Emily Brooks. I have no idea why Dean Cain, who has 10% the camera time she has, appears as a main actor while she doesn't. She has performed almost perfectly both as a delusional woman and as a possessed one. I loved every minute of her, and sincerely hope to see her again in the Horror genre! Also, along with her acting, main actor Will Wallace (Braveheart, anyone?) whom I've never seen before demonstrated some exceptional, professional and wonderful acting.

Now for the rest... the plot was vague, unclear and needed better writing and editing (script lacked in particular). The acting by the rest of the cast was bluntly unimpressive. The way Exorcism films insist on staying fixed on Christianity is old and annoying and we were already tired with it a decade ago. In order to enjoy this film you really have to focus on the aforementioned light spots, and most viewers and raters aren't really going to. And I completely understand them.

Would I recommend this film? Only to a fellow devout Horror fan who would appreciate the good parts enough so as not to smack me across the head for making him tolerate the rest. As for others looking for a fun scary film? Nope, sorry. This film deserves a 2, but I'm mercifully rating 5 because the smart possession scenes and Wallace and Brooks' acting are easily worth 3 points in my opinion.

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