A Horror? It Most Certainly Is, but Definitely Not in a Good Way

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A Horror? It Most Certainly Is, but Definitely Not in a Good Way


Moore, Roger, Winnipeg Free Press


The Apparition wafts out of the ether like the ghosts of bad movies past, the very picture of the cinema's Dog Days of August.

It's a Paranormal Activity knockoff, without the found footage conceit. And it's science vs. ghosts, in a limp salute to Paranormal and Ghost Busters before it.

Ashley Greene of Twilight and Sebastian Stan of Captain America play a young couple who find themselves living in a haunted house in a mostly-foreclosed desert subdivision.

They lock doors and, in a fit of subtlety, the camera zooms in as they lock them.

"Why are the doors open?" one asks the other later.

Furniture moves, the fridge is trashed. Something's up. As in Paranormal Activity, one of them knows what it is and might be said to be "responsible" for it.

But "We can't just abandon our house." So they don't. Besides, the "responsible" one knows that won't help.

In an alarmingly banal prologue, we see silent archival footage of a 1970s "scientific seance" in which a table levitated. We also see students later copy this "Charles Experiment" to "prove that ghosts do exist."

So the student-scientist who uttered that line, played by Tom Felton, may have the answers. Will Harry Potter's nemesis, Draco Malfoy, save the sexiest of the vampire Cullens of "Twilight"?

You're way ahead of me, aren't you? …

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