by Jessica Marshall
We know that natural predators like bears and bees can smell fear, but the big bad super-natural predator in "The Apparition" sees right into your fearful soul, and feeds off your terror like a it was a bacon-wrapped, cocaine-laced donut.
"The Apparition" stars Alice—er—Ashley Greene and Sebastian Stan as a young couple who find themselves terrorized in their new home by an evil presence (see above reference to the donut) that they later learn was conjured in a university parapsychology experiment gone awry. The film is centered around the urban legend that you can create supernatural horrors just by believing them into existence, hence the tagline "Once you believe, you die." Tom Felton of "Harry Potter" fame co-stars as a supernatural expert—who was present during the aforementioned experiment—that the young couple calls on for help. It's full of thrills, chills and good, old-fashioned, pants-pooping jump-scares, and hits theaters this week.
Before you risk soiling yourself in public though, here are five things you can do to get ready for a viewing of "The Apparition":
Catch up on the film's stars
"The Twilight Saga," any of the "Harry Potter" films and "Captain America: The First Avenger"—there's no shortage of entertaining modern films you can watch to brush up on the acting chops and fine good looks of actors Ashley Greene, Tom Felton or Sebastian Stan. This is Alice and Draco's first foray into the true ghost horror genre, so we're heading into uncharted waters here (which could be scary in and of itself!).
Have a ghost-movie marathon
The style of "The Apparition" is very similar to films like "Poltergeist," "The Amityville Horror," "Flatliners" and "The Grudge." We're talking about straight-up ghost films—none of this found-footage stuff—about everyday people who end up getting tortured by supernatural beings because of their own stupidity. Lessons learned? Never buy a house built on an old burial ground, don't move into a house that's clearly haunted, don't play with death and don't expose yourself to any curses...you get the idea?
Practice getting scared
Talk a friend or your sig-O into scaring you on purpose, perhaps by jumping out of a closet or darkened hallway when you least expect it. Kind of like when you're trying to get rid of hiccups. Practice so you can play it cool in the theater. Maybe you won't react as badly (i.e. screaming like a banshee or wetting yourself) when the inevitable jump-scare tactics ensue on the big screen.
Play with your video camera
In the film, the characters use a series of high-tech video gadgets to detect supernatural presences. Along the lines of practicing getting scared, we dare you to turn off the lights and wander around your house using only the night vision setting on your video camera as a means of seeing. At the very least, you will have learned that whole lesson about not doing stupid things to invoke the wrath of the supernatural.
Create your own parapsychology experiment
Gather some friends and try to channel your Great Aunt Mildred through a séance or Ouija board. Have fun with it though. Don't take it too seriously, or else as this film clearly illustrates, bad things will happen. Dun dun dun!
Bonus: Enjoy sleeping through the night
While you still can. Muhahaha.
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