Apartment 143 (2011)

Apartment 143 (2011)
 
 

A Lot of Hot Air

Gia Mantegna in Apartment 143 (2011)

Alan White (Kai Lennox) along with his children Caitlin (Gia Mantegna) and Benny (Damian Roman) move out of their old home when they were plagued by strange occurrences and moved into apartment 143. But those strange occurrences and creepy disturbances appear to have followed them making life a misery. So Alan calls in a group of paranormal investigators lead by Dr. Helzer (Michael O'Keefe) to monitor their home and they quickly discover that something is definitely not right in at the White's place. But as they become aware that Alan's wife died in a car crash and there is a whole lot of resentment between father and daughter they believe the disturbances maybe some thing very different than they first thought.

If there's something strange in your neighbourhood, who you gonna call? 2 guys, a girl and a lot of cameras. That happens to be the case in "Apartment 143" one of these first person footage movies, sometimes incorrectly referred to as a found footage movie. As such what we are presented with is an edited version of what the three paranormal investigators witness through their cameras, from the hand held one which one of them carries around the whole time spliced together with footage from the surveillance cameras they fix up in each room, which is why it is not pure found footage.

Anyway as you would expect crazy things happen, chairs move, things break etc etc and 9 out of 10 times you know it is about to happen. It means that "Apartment 143" becomes a movie for those who like things which go bump in the night and jump when all of a sudden something moves of its own accord. I use to love this sort of horror but it is so telegraphed throughout the movie that very rarely did I get the fright I had expected.

There is of course the explanation and anyone who watches these sorts of movies know that an explanation is not always offered up because how do you explain paranormal activity. As such I am not going to go in to what happens during the latter parts of "Apartment 143" other than to say I didn't like what the writer and director threw at us.

What this all boils down to is that "Apartment 143" might appeal to those who suddenly got hooked on the paranormal activity craze around the time of its release but for old hands of these sorts of movies it doesn't offer up anything new.

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