The Apparition

Theatrical Release: August 24, 2012
The Apparition


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 (Tom Felton), but even with his help they may already be too late to save themselves from this terrifying force…

Dove Review

Ashley Greene and Sebastian Stan play a couple named Kelly and Ben, and this boyfriend and girlfriend move into a new house together and begin to experience supernatural happenings such as a drawer and box moving by themselves in addition to loud noises and flickering lights. When a dog visits their home it suddenly weakens and is near death with no natural explanation. Kelly does not know that Ben had previously been involved in a paranormal experiment which apparently has released a spirit which grows stronger with each passing day with an apparent plan to dominate. Since the house is new, they know they are being haunted and not the house. Ben’s friend Patrick (Tom Felton) studies this spirit in a special room where he is able to keep the force out. However, things take a turn for the worse when Kelly finally learns about Ben’s experience in the past and Patrick comes to their home to try to stop the swelling power of the entity.

They plan to play the recording of their experience backwards and to use transmitters to amplify EEG’s to hopefully reverse the entity’s powers. This movie is rated PG-13 and although is not as intense as some other pictures in this genre, it still has several strong supernatural elements including a séance, and frightening jump scenes, in addition to having two main characters live together without the benefit of marriage. It falls short of earning our Dove “Family-Approved” Seal.

Content Description

Sex: Kissing by a couple; a couple talks about sleeping on the ground and man says he doesn't like the idea of sleeping on the ground and woman says, "Who will be sleeping?" Man starts to untie woman's bikini top but is interrupted; couple live together with implied sex.
Language: G/OMG-2; S-3; H-5; D-1; SOB-1
Violence: Several frightening scenes including a man finding himself on the ceiling of his bedroom, held captive by an entity, and the covers on a woman's bed being used by a spirit to nearly smother her to death; blood is seen on the ceiling; an entity grabs a man in a chair and pulls him into a room where he is seen no more; house shakes and glass breaks; a dead man is seen and his mouth begins to open wide; a bloody skull poster is seen in a few scenes.
Drugs: A couple of characters say they need a beer and they get one; a man sits in a chair and drinks.
Nudity: Cleavage; woman in bra and panties and bikini; woman rear cheeks seen; shirtless man; woman in shower and she is nude but nothing explicit can be seen; woman in lingerie.
Other: A séance is held with people holding hands; 1973 footage with paranormal activities; several jump scenes; objects such as a table and a box and drawer move; an apparition is seen several times; loud noises; a figure used during a paranormal activity is destroyed but shows up again in a couple's home; it is said the spirit is in purgatory along with other souls and that it is trying to make its way into this life; the hands of a being grabs a woman and holds her mouth closed; it's mentioned that following an experiment two people died and one committed suicide.


Company: Warner Brothers
Writer: Todd Lincoln
Director: Todd Lincoln
Producer: Alex Heineman
Genre: Horror
Runtime: 82 min.
Industry Rating: PG-13
Reviewer: Edwin L. Carpenter