'Apartment 143' Review By The Cryptkeeper: Resurrected

A surprisingly extremely scary film, but still does not reach full potential.
  • Story
  • Acting
  • Directing
  • Visuals
I was browsing Netflix's instant watch in the horror section, looking for bad horror films to watch. I had just shut one of previously, after a half hour. I come across this one, and expect the same. But well, I was wrong. Apartment 143's downfall is really only the pacing. It is one of those first-person films that really does it right. In fact, this is pretty much a Paranormal Activity 2 or 3 thing going on here. But not a horrible rip-off.

The story is generic, but effective if done correctly. It is about a guy who has two kids, and he thinks his apartment building is haunted by his wife that recently passed away. He hires a group of paranormal investigators to examine his apartment to see if, in fact, it is haunted. They set up cameras all around the apartment, and do other common ghost hunting tactics. Of course, they do find some paranormal activity is occurring in the apartment, but that's an obvious given. What makes this film so effective, is mostly the lighting. They make for some seriously creepy shots, and the anticipation is enormous. Unfortunately, the story unfolds rather slowly, which makes the film hard to pay 100% focus on sometimes. It's really sad, too. Because if you can get to the last half hour or so, then you're in for a real treat. There is even a twist involved. One that I somewhat saw coming, however.

Another thing that makes this movie great, and creepy is the acting. I do not know any of the actors involved, but while they may be slightly dull to watch in some areas, for the most part they are amazing. There are several shots where it is a single camera shot on just them, as they're explaining something, and the power and emotion some of them add to it, really add to the emotional aspect of the movie, making you care more for the characters, especially the father of the two children.

The screenwriting and directing is also pretty great. The timing on when they would have something creepy happen was perfect. Right when you least expect it, which I feel is part of the reason they make the film slow paced. It may be boring at times, but when it is scary, oh sh*t it is scary! I cannot really explain too much, without giving away some of the plot, but it is very eerie.

Visually, I think part of it is the poor camera quality that makes the movie less entertaining. The camera quality is not very high, but that is because they are not big, expensive cameras that the paranormal researchers have. It makes sense, but also can be slightly boring. However, even though it can make for an uninteresting film, visually, it often adds that eeriness that I was speaking of.

Overall, this is a great, creepy example of doing a first person "found footage" film, correctly. However, it does not reach it's full potential of being horrifying all the way through, which is why I cannot give the film more than 3.5 stars.

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Comments (3)

  1. The Cryptkeeper: Resurrected

    But like I said, I feel this one was a little too slow at times. But honestly, I think I need to see it again. When I am actually expecting a good movie. I was not paying full attention at the beginning, which I now regret.

    2 years agoby @cryptFlag

  2. The Cryptkeeper: Resurrected

    @skywise Well, you're welcome! Thanks to you as well. Yeah, what is so similiar about horror and comedy is that is is hard to make a really good one.. But also I see several straight to DVD, sh*tty as hell comedies at Blockbuster on the new release shelf. About as much sh*tty as hell horror flicks, too. The only difference is I enjoy and appreciate the horror ones (sometimes) and the comedies make me feel like I lose brain cells. But, alas, I have never been a guy with a "sense of humor" so to speak. I despise a lot of comedies. But thats a tangent.
    I agree with why a lot of horror films can be slow; it is the build up. Like Paranormal Activity, or Wolf Creek.

    2 years agoby @cryptFlag

  3. skywise

    Great review. I have to agree with you about how acting is crucial in horror movies. If I dont believe that the actors are truly frightened then it doesnt resonate well with me. ACting is everything and it is a fine line. It takes a good director to make a brilliant horror. Aside from comedy I think that horror is the next hardest to pull off.

    I have noticed that many horror movies hire comedic actors because like I said I believe that comedy is the hardest. A famous actor once said that if you can do comedy you can do anything.

    Another thing I've noticed about supernatural movies is that they tend to be a little slow in most cases. I feel that this makes the scary moments even more so. The Innkeepers comes to mind in that department. It also gives the audience a chance to really get to know the characters which is very important in horror so that you actually regret/feel something when they are dispatched.

    I have heard of this film but wasn't too sure about it. Your review, as I said was really good and has now piqued my interest so thanks for that.

    2 years agoby @skywiseFlag