Apartment 143 [Blu-ray]
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1) The acting is very well done. The people are mostly believable in their roles, and the actor playing the dad does a great job (has some of the weightier emotional scenes).
2) The use of cameras everywhere makes sense in this case. They are a group of paranormal researchers trying to capture what is going on, and the use of lots of well placed cameras would be a good idea. So, cutting between them makes feels natural, and the use of them here really adds to an authentic feeling atmosphere.
3) The paranormal activity that gets captured on film happens very organically, it's not over the top, and folks seem to respond the way their characters would be expected.
4) The story itself isn't trite or hackneyed. It's a story that's hard to predict exactly why the events are taking place, and you feel yourself wondering what's the real cause, especially given how calm in certain cases the lead researcher seems to be (he's pretty confident he knows the real cause, but is trying to eliminate other possibilities).
Overall, I liked it much more than I expected to and if you like horror films, and especially camera-POV type films, this is a good one to watch.
Three ghost hunters investigate the bizarre events at the apartment of Alan White (Kai Lennox). Paul (Rick Gonzalez) is the technology guy and the one we have to blame for all the cameras. Ellen (Fiona Glascott) is the secretary and assistant but vastly prefers the title "gate keeper." The brains of the operation is Dr. Hezler (Michael O'Keefe). Alan has two children: Benjamin (Damian Roman) who is four and Caitlin (Gia Mantegna) who is at that difficult age. Caitlin has a very cold if not hateful relationship with her father, which immediately makes you think we are headed down the ghost/incest lane, something that has become too much of a substitution for good writing here of late.
The mother Cindy has passed on. They believe she is the haunting spirit. Caitlin blames her father for her death.
This production is subject to the same criticism of all found film productions. This one experiments with an idiotic head mounted camera that gives the film a "fish eye" view. The writing and acting were acceptable "B" grade fair. The scare factor was middle of the road. The main problem with this film is that we didn't get to feel for the characters. We got to know about them, but just didn't care.
PARENTAL GUIDE: F-bomb, no sex or nudity.
It's not the concept that makes this a really grimy, scary movie, it's the cast of characters Torren brings on board, more specifically two actors who are just generally sinister in whatever roles they play: Michael O' Keefe and Kai Lennox, namely. O' Keefe looks particularly ghastly in this film as Dr. Helzer (a not so subtle reference to Hanz Holzer, the "parapsychologist" who once channeled the spirit of Elvis and wrote a book about it) as the lighting reflects on his constantly sweaty, angst ridden face. Kai Lennox absolutely looks like the malevolent dad with some perverse secret, and his meltdown at one point is great acting.
Keefe plays the parapsychologist called on by Lennox (Alan White, widower) as he needs assistance with his daughter's strange behavior and a poltergeist phenomenon within the home. The movie moves fairly quickly from being lighthearted to sinister without skipping a beat. When the explanations come--a cocktail of mental illness with something else moving around--it is genuinely eerie and packed with atmosphere. The only huge flaw in this production is the ending shot, which was absolutely cliched and just awful. Fortunately, that's after all the important elements of the film have occurred.
I would recommend this to any fan of the horror genre, despite the reservations that may come from some hasty reviews.
I'm not a real fan of horror films but this one was definitely worth the time!
Visual boredom aside, Apartment 143 falls apart because of its gross lack of identity. Is it a ghost movie? Or is it a possession flick? Is it about apartment 143, or is it about the family that lives there? Is it about a haunting? A demon? A host of demons? Or is it actually a drama about a widower who struggles to be a father? The answer is yes. It tries to be all of these things, and in the process it ends up being none of them. No avenue is taken far enough or explored in enough depth to ground the film's plot. As a result, Apartment 143 is a disjointed, confusing mess, and numerous opportunities to pull off good scares are missed. Peripheral characters come and go without any apparent purpose; the father of the family changes from pushover to self-righteous martyr in a matter of minutes. None of it makes any sense.Read more ›
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B movie - hate these movies that try to look like they are filmed as home moviesPublished 3 months ago by William D.
I had high hopes for this movie, but was disappointed. I love the found footage/documentary type horror movie, but Apartment 143 fell flat. Read morePublished 4 months ago by westicles
Apartment 143 is average at best. It takes its cues from the Paranormal Activity films and makes the scares less frightening and more predictable. Read morePublished 5 months ago by Bryan
This was a good horror movie, but the incredibly annoying attempt to make the thing feel like "a real event" by exaggerating jerky camera movements constantly made it... Read morePublished 5 months ago by Jerry Boutot Jr.
The movie is a found footage type (blah) but decided to wait and see . The thumps and noises were interesting at 1st but there is way to much talking and fooling with the cameras . Read morePublished 9 months ago by Carla
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