a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
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.
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.
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.
Hoop-Tober 2 - Film #1
Here's the thing with Apartment 143, it's a disappointing found-footage horror film. I'm not the biggest fan of found-footage movies but I like a few of them so I give them a try with an open mind. This one was actually alright but it doesn't have a lot of scary scenes, that's why it's a disappointing horror film. When the scares do however come they were actually good but there weren't enough. When the scary scenes aren't happening we get paranormal investigators fixing up things and talking to the family about what everything is. It can get quite boring and for a 80 minute movie it shouldn't have down time but it does. However I…
At a concise 80 minutes you wouldn't expect a lot of setup. And so it is, like you're thrown into the middle of a random haunted house story. We meet these ghost hunters, albeit with a welcome change that they're following a scientific yet unsceptical approach. Unfortunately we're treated to all these different kind of cameras and sound recordings and stroboscopic light effects we already met in previous movies, and the pace at which they come along almost make them as gimmicks or elements to show something creepy.
The odd thing about this is that not the scares will be remembered, they're too generic for that, but it's the backstory about grief and guilt which is compelling in combination with the aforementioned approach, which ensures this is playing in a different league than the classical hauntings.
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.
I picked this one up when the corner store near my place sold off all their rental movies since they weren't being used enough to warrant their cost anymore....so sad. I had seen it before and remember liking it, and after a second watch still mostly do.
My main issues are how ugly everything in this film is. I don't mean the sets, and dressings and such I mean the total look of this movie, the way it was shot, the editing, the terrible side head go pro shots. It;s coloring also seemed off, like other than one lady and her blue shirt I felt like I was watching a film in sepia tone. So add that to the found…
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Found footage Paranormal Activity variation has the devices and tech set up and used by para-scientists looking for spirits possibly tormenting a widower, his teen daughter and little son. It could all stem from the death of the wife/mother, considering this phenomena started at a previous residence before following them to the titular apartment. The daughter has hostility towards pop and the spirit seems interested in her specifically with the father a significant target of the paranormal wrath. Spanish horror shot in Barcelona has familiar material but good acting from the actor playing the father, particularly when he is interrogated by the head parapsychologist over the back story of his wife. The scientists speak about their tech and what the…
I forget when I watched Apartment 143--but I had it rated on Netflix and, when I went to read my Letterboxd review to jog my memory of the movie, saw I didn't have it logged here. After watching the trailer on YouTube I definitely remember watching Apartment 143.
What I do remember, after getting memory-jogged, is a decent Paranormal Activity ripoff. Heavy on the jump scares, mixed with a decent backstory that helps guide the 80min runtime.
In any case, logging this more for completedness sake than any sort of actual analysis.
What did I just watch??
This was so boring and not scary at all.
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“Who killed you?”
I forgot that yesterday was Cinco De Mayo, so here’s a Spanish movie. I know, it’s not the most Latino film I could review. But Netflix says that it’s Spanish & that’s good enough for me. Think of it as my Sies De Mayo present!
A family of 3 believe that the ghost of their dead mother is haunting them. So the father hires a paranormal investigation crew to investigate the house. They soon learn that not…
Whenever this is recommended to me or I see a trailer, I realize i saw it and forgot about it, this happens too many times.
It's like a student film where they remade everything ever been done before, only badly. Only enjoyable if drunk, but even that probably won't help it improve.
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