Apartment 143 (2011)

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“A team of parapsychologists try to figure out a strange phenomenon occurring in an apartment building.” — IMDb

Also known as Emergo, this movie is, in many ways, just one big cliché. A team of parapsychologists are called in to investigate some weird phenomena that has been taking place in the home of the White family. They soon learn that not only did these bizarre experiences start shortly after Alan’s (Kai Lennox) wife died during a car accident during a psychotic episode, but that they have followed the family from their previous home to their current apartment.

While I think this style of movie can have great promise — the fact that you’re almost constantly scanning the screen waiting for SOMETHING to pop up means it’s high tension regardless of dialogue or depth — it’s also been done to death, so it’s easy to just fall into the category of “yep, seen it before” as this one does. The experts (Michael O’Keefe, Rick Gonzalez, and Fiona Glascott, all of whom I actually really liked) spend SO much time explaining what they’re doing and why they’re doing it and debating over the semantics and while it’s logical it’s just useless fluff in a movie like this.

They hit every classic thing you expect to see in movies like this: the dad is hiding some deeper psychological trauma which is eventually confessed, the teenage girl is angsty as fuck, a bench moves on its own, there’s a seance where things get pretty intense… yadda yadda yadda.

Honestly, I really appreciated the largely natural acting job done by most of the people involved (Michael O’Keefe being my favorite, followed closely by Rick Gonzalez who was just awesome), but it was just… trying to be too much at once. The daughter, Caitlin (Gia Mantegna), is just infuriating to watch. There’s a few half-hearted jump scares but ultimately anything that required any special effects – the images during the stroboscope, for example, or the very last scene of the movie – was cheesy to the point of being laughable. It sadly just missed the mark at every turn.

Rating: 3/10 | Director: Carles Torrens | Writer: Rodrigo Cortés | Starring: Francesc Garrido, Fiona Glascott, Rick Gonzalez, Kai Lennox, Gia Mantegna, Michael O’Keefe, Damian Roman

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