When Judge Daryl Loomis dies, he hopes his spirit enters his cat's body.
Revenge from beyond the grave.
You'd think people would learn to never move. It always causes trouble regardless of the situation, and that's even truer when the new house has old darkness. But since nobody ever seems to learn anything, at least it becomes viable fodder for horror movies. There may be no cheaper or easier way to deliver a genre movie than through a haunted house, and I love them; they're often a lot creepier than a monster, but there are plenty of pitfalls to be found. A lot of them come to the surface in Paranormal Apparition, a super cheap and terribly ineffective entry in the ghost genre.
The Meyers family has just found an incredible deal on a massive Beverly Hills mansion, but there's a catch. A few years back, a hot shot movie producer murdered his actress girlfriend, but because they never found a body. He remained free, though disgraced and destitute. In spite of this knowledge, they buy the place anyway, but neglect to tell Danielle (Lulu Brud, Love Sick Diaries), their daughter, about it. She has to find out from her neighbor friend, Natalie (Jennifer Holloway, Bad Reputation), who treats it as a joke. Immediately, though, weird stuff stops happening around her and, convinced that the house is haunted, protests to her parents, who laugh it off as silly and question whether she's on drugs. As she starts investigating, she discovers some disturbing truths about the producer that leads her to believe that he's still alive, but in a new body.
I have to give Paranormal Apparition credit for one thing: I didn't expect the twist. That doesn't make it a particularly good twist and, in fact, it's incredibly silly, but I didn't expect that part at all. Until then, it's just a basic substandard ghost movie, but once it gets going with black magic and body swapping, it just goes crazy. Not in a good way, though, in a completely ridiculous way that isn't dumb enough to be fun and not interesting enough to be worth watching.
The story may be terrible, but it gets absolutely no help from the acting. The performances are bad across the board, ranging from stilted to amateur, and they make the story seem even worse than it probably is. Director Alec Tuckman (Rapid Eye Movement) may have been going for tongue-in-cheek, but it doesn't work at all. Instead, it just comes off as boring and stupid, with no redeeming quality whatsoever.
Paranormal Apparition comes to DVD from WWMM in a bare-bones edition. The 1.78:1 image is rough looking. It appears to have been shot on a cheap digital camera and, thus, there are plenty of digital artifacts, ugly colors, and no depth. The audio is no better, with a virtually non-existent surround mix that has no dynamic range, though the dialog is clear enough. The only extra is a trailer.
Paranormal Apparition is a worthless movie in almost every way. Poor acting, bad direction, and a silly story might make for something to make fun of with your friends, but that's about it. Steer clear.
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