The First Real Ghost Story.
A team of parapsychologists sets out to investigate a series of anomalous phenomena taking place in a newly occupied apartment. Telephone calls with no caller, mysterious shadows, extraordinary light emissions, flying objects, and exploding light bulbs are some of the events they will face while recording their every step with state-of-the-art technology. Using infrared filming, digital photography, psychophonic recordings, movement detectors, and magnetic field alteration meters, the group’s attempts to contact the “other side” will grow increasingly dangerous as they near a point of no return.
Not had a film consistently give me this many goosebumps for a while. I think I'm slightly susceptible to this kind of film. It's why I'll always defend 'found footage' because if it works on you, it really works. I guess I'm one of the (un)lucky ones.
There are Paranormal Activity saga tricks aplenty here, so I can't really commend it too much on originality. But the scares are really great. The plot is mostly unremarkable (a team of parapsychologists set up camp in a house/apartment) but there are one or two surprises in amongst the chaotic chills.
Ah, now, let's see, a found footage film.
- annoying shaky camera work? _________check
- footage that makes absolutely no sense? _________check
- one or two scenes that are rather scary that betray a creativity they should have tapped into more often but sadly didn't? _________check
- you uttering at least twice: "Now why the hell are they still filming?" _______check
A decently acted wasteland of missed opportunities.
When will found-footage filmmakers realize that rambunctious furniture is not scary.
Apartment 143 is a perfectly functional haunted house (or haunted apartment to be pedantic) tale that would obviously be far more rewarding if we hadn't seen it all before in the likes of Paranormal Activity and Grave Encounters. The faux documentary technique is well utilised, albeit more a budgetry necessity than a dramatic narrative tool I'd imagine. Still, this affords the opportunity for plenty of pernicious poltergeist and possession setpieces and a couple of genuinely well constructed scares, not least of which the very final shot which is a cracker.
Basically the premise to this English language Spanish film is that of your typical haunted house story featuring a dysfunctional family. Only this family don't have a mother. She died.
Considering how utterly shit most of it is, with its unoriginal and poorly executed ideas, it rather unsurprisingly lacked almost any kind of atmosphere whatsoever. This is criminal for a found-footage supernatural horror film. Without atmosphere, you're basically left with people you don't care about running around being scared of loud booming noises (of which there were plenty frequently).
The "twist" was so obvious right from the moment the daughter and father talk to each other on screen for the first time, which inadvertently removes any tension there might've been.…
I looked at the reviews and ratings of my fellow Letterboxers, and I figured I could dip into another piece of mediocre and poorly made garbage. Seriously, it's a found footage horror ghost story where the most recognizable star is Ben off the canceled CW show Reaper.
But as DirkH pointed out, I could do a lot worse. And indeed this film is, as I joked, like Poltergeist after the piece of crap that was Greystone Park.
Anyway, this film brings us a trio of parapsychologists examining and attempting to end a ghostly crisis in the life of a middle-aged widower and father of 2. And really, that's about it. A pretty simple and mostly straight-forward plot with a few…
El monólogo del wei cuando se descubre todo vale poquito la pena. Poquito.
menonton film ini tak ubahnya sedang menonton sebuah kuliah tenotang parapsikologi. dan agar semuanya lebih dimengerti maka sebagai simbol, pennton dianggap anak-anak. tak mengerikan sama sekali dan yang lebih tak habis pikir, film ini ditulis oleh Rodrigo Cortes, orang di balik Buried yang cerdas luar biasa. sangat disayangkan
Lots of people don't like these camcorder films, I do, but this one wasn't that great. Stupid ending that was only put in to make you jump. Did make me jump though, so that's good!
No tengo ni siquiera criterio para comentar la película; simplemente es más de lo mismo.
Otra Paranormal Activity del mercado.
I hated the Blair Witch.
For years, I thought I hated found footage movies.
Then, original voices gave me hope. "Chronicle," "The Last Exorcism," and "Grave Encounters" really worked for me.
But this...no, just no.
The acting is bad, but that's par for the found footage course. What's worse is that there are no good scares here, no new ideas.
I had high expectations for this film because I'm a sucker for catalan directors/writers... Well I guess it was time for a letdown. I was already disappointed to see it was a found footage. I should've known for the summary, so shame on me. I used to enjoy the genre but now it's everywhere. I think I've watched at least three found footages only this month. Come on guys, move on.
Back to the film, it goes on and on and nothing actually happens. I caught myself sleeping several times. I rewound it just to see I'd lost absolutely nothing. I thought about abandoning it, but maybe the final would be worth it?
And it wasn't scary AT ALL.
Now excuse me, I'm going to watch all Jaume Balagueró's films in a row to cure myself from the disappointment.
Bad acting, bad ending.
Better than I expected, creepy ghost found footage film with a focus on science and paranormal psychic theory over the supernatural, and an impressively long monologue into the climax.