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Apartment 143 [Blu-ray]

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39 of 44 people found the following review helpful
WHO KILLED YOU? Aug. 26 2012
By The Movie Guy - Published on Amazon.com
The main problem with Apartment 143 is not the movie itself, but the fact we have been inundated with a host of hand held ghost stories that are "real" found footage with actors. The production by itself is decent, but given the fact we have seen it before will cause one to quickly get bored.

Three ghost hunters investigate the bizarre events at the apartment of Alan White (Kai Lennox). Paul (Rick Gonzalez) is the technology guy and the one we have to blame for all the cameras. Ellen (Fiona Glascott) is the secretary and assistant but vastly prefers the title "gate keeper." The brains of the operation is Dr. Hezler (Michael O'Keefe). Alan has two children: Benjamin (Damian Roman) who is four and Caitlin (Gia Mantegna) who is at that difficult age. Caitlin has a very cold if not hateful relationship with her father, which immediately makes you think we are headed down the ghost/incest lane, something that has become too much of a substitution for good writing here of late.

The mother Cindy has passed on. They believe she is the haunting spirit. Caitlin blames her father for her death.

This production is subject to the same criticism of all found film productions. This one experiments with an idiotic head mounted camera that gives the film a "fish eye" view. The writing and acting were acceptable "B" grade fair. The scare factor was middle of the road. The main problem with this film is that we didn't get to feel for the characters. We got to know about them, but just didn't care.

PARENTAL GUIDE: F-bomb, no sex or nudity.
25 of 28 people found the following review helpful
Well done Sept. 21 2012
By Quentin Davis - Published on Amazon.com
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Movies that are made from camera point-of-view can be very hit or miss. This one hits for several reasons:

1) The acting is very well done. The people are mostly believable in their roles, and the actor playing the dad does a great job (has some of the weightier emotional scenes).

2) The use of cameras everywhere makes sense in this case. They are a group of paranormal researchers trying to capture what is going on, and the use of lots of well placed cameras would be a good idea. So, cutting between them makes feels natural, and the use of them here really adds to an authentic feeling atmosphere.

3) The paranormal activity that gets captured on film happens very organically, it's not over the top, and folks seem to respond the way their characters would be expected.

4) The story itself isn't trite or hackneyed. It's a story that's hard to predict exactly why the events are taking place, and you feel yourself wondering what's the real cause, especially given how calm in certain cases the lead researcher seems to be (he's pretty confident he knows the real cause, but is trying to eliminate other possibilities).

Overall, I liked it much more than I expected to and if you like horror films, and especially camera-POV type films, this is a good one to watch.
11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Good suspenseful horror April 2 2013
By S. Safreed - Published on Amazon.com
It's not going to win any Oscars, but Apartment 143 was a solid , suspenseful horror film. There were the appropriate bumps, knocks, eerie noises, and confused people. What made it far more interesting was the story itself. While it followed the standard pacing ad formula the characters were engaging, smart and most of all, scared.

I'm not a real fan of horror films but this one was definitely worth the time!
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
Crisp atmosphere, *some* excellent acting, and a mood of real dread Oct. 23 2013
By J from NY - Published on Amazon.com
A lot of viewers seem to have been nonplussed by this film, and I'm not entirely sure why. While the "found footage" technique is getting a bit hackneyed, there's still value in it if the director does it right. And in this case Carlen Torrens seemed to know what he was doing. (People seem to forget that the style originated with "The Last Broadcast" (1998) and not "The Blair Witch Project", tending to blame the latter instead of the former.)

It's not the concept that makes this a really grimy, scary movie, it's the cast of characters Torren brings on board, more specifically two actors who are just generally sinister in whatever roles they play: Michael O' Keefe and Kai Lennox, namely. O' Keefe looks particularly ghastly in this film as Dr. Helzer (a not so subtle reference to Hanz Holzer, the "parapsychologist" who once channeled the spirit of Elvis and wrote a book about it) as the lighting reflects on his constantly sweaty, angst ridden face. Kai Lennox absolutely looks like the malevolent dad with some perverse secret, and his meltdown at one point is great acting.

Keefe plays the parapsychologist called on by Lennox (Alan White, widower) as he needs assistance with his daughter's strange behavior and a poltergeist phenomenon within the home. The movie moves fairly quickly from being lighthearted to sinister without skipping a beat. When the explanations come--a cocktail of mental illness with something else moving around--it is genuinely eerie and packed with atmosphere. The only huge flaw in this production is the ending shot, which was absolutely cliched and just awful. Fortunately, that's after all the important elements of the film have occurred.

I would recommend this to any fan of the horror genre, despite the reservations that may come from some hasty reviews.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
One step at a time, Paul, one step at a time. Sept. 16 2014
By Binky Chottorrhœhia - Published on Amazon.com
I'm going to go out on a limb here and say that Michael O'Keefe has taught acting before. Or if he hasn't, he will eventually, because he would be freakin' awesome at it.
He's the secret ingredient in this great "found footage" flick.
And now a message to all they haterz out there:
"Found footage" is here to stay. Like torture porn. Like slasher. Like serial killers. Like girl prison movies. Like giallo. You don't have to turn EVERY SINGLE REVIEW INTO SOME SORT OF TRIBUNAL OVER THE VIRTUES OF THE SUBGENRE. It can be awfully fun and it can suck. And let's face it, in our camera-happy world, found footage is naturally very hot, very truthful.
Some signs that this one would be great:
1. A reason for being: This is not just some bored teenager who just got a videocam and decided to document everything. This is a TECHNOLOGICAL EXPERT filming this thing.
2. Everyone is charismatic as hell—great performers. Who knew? That actually trumps the fact that it's a sub-genre you tend not to like.
3. Brilliant choice of having a young, adorable, vulnerable and curious little kid (Damian Roman) hanging around asking questions about everything. That takes care of the exposition problem very nicely. I'm positive they let little Damian improvise. He's awesome!!!
4. Michael O'Keefe just sitting back, taking it all in, and then saying things like, "I can assure you there's nothing supernatural in the universe, Mr. White, because nature can't transcend itself....Parapsychology is...just a collection of events in search of a theory." I worship this guy.

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