The horror thriller "The Apparition" is short, barely clocking in at 70 minutes before an attenuated credits sequence, but it makes up for its brevity by being one of the most tedious movies ever to advertise itself as something scary.
Writer-director Todd Lincoln, in his first feature, starts by suggesting a "found-footage" thriller with an old-school twist. It begins with grainy film stock of a 1973 incident, called "The Charles Experiment," in which a group of paranormal psychologists try to summon the spirit of a deceased colleague. But before that possibility gets rolling, the scene shifts to modern video of college students somewhere trying to re-create "The Charles Experiment," with (as nearly as we can tell with the dim lighting and shaky camerawork) horrific results.
Then begins what is, by default, the real story: Young couple Kelly ("Twilight" co-star Ashley Greene) and Ben (Sebastian Stan) are house-sitting in suburban California, when strange stuff starts to happen. First it's little things, like furniture moving slightly. Then the menace grows bigger, with unexplained mold patches and the sudden death of the neighbors' dog.