Sunday, June 3, 2012

Apartment 143 Movie Review

'Apartment 143' Shockya Movie Review, Written by: Karen Benardello Director: Carles Torrens (‘Coming to Town,’ ‘Frank’s First Love’) Starring: Kai Lennox (‘Beginners,’ ‘He’s Just Not That Into You’), Gia Mantegna (’13 Going on 30,’ TV’s ‘Gigantic’) and Michael O’Keefe (‘Caddyshack,’ ‘Michael Clayton’) Independent, low-budget horror films can sometimes suffer from the strain of not having enough money to include the stunts needed to create a truly frightening story. But much like ‘Paranormal Activity’ proved, these films can still effectively feature horrifying stories and scares to frighten audiences. The new movie ‘Apartment 143′ is one such low-budget paranormal horror film that uses clever camera tricks and a detailed backstory to shock viewers. ‘Apartment 143′ follows a team of parapsychologists, including Dr. Helzer (played by Michael O’Keefe) Ellen Keegan (portrayed by Fiona glascott) and Paul Ortega (portrayed by Rick Gonzalez), who begin investigating a series of anomalous phenomena in a newly occupied apartment. As the team begins interviewing and recording the tenants, including Alan White (played by Kai Lennox) and his children, Caitlin (portrayed by Gia Mantegna) and Benny (played by Damian Roman), the unexplained phenomena intensifies; the phone rings but no one’s on the other end, objects begin flying and there are extraordinary light emissions. Using state-of-the-art technology, including infra-red filming an magnetic field alteration meters, the team tries to find the reasoning behind the unexplained phenomena. Meanwhile, the White family, particularly Alan and Caitlin, have a tumultuous relationship, which the parapsychologists believe may be a contributing factor in the unusual happenings in the apartment. Screenwriter Rodrigo Cortes infused ‘Apartment 143′ with intriguing research about the supernatural, as the idea for the story came after the research he did for the paranormal thriller he penned and directed, ‘Red Lights.’ ‘Apartment 143′ doesn’t just scare with the typical moving object special effects seen in many supernatural films; there’s also an emotional and traumatic backstory the White family experienced before Alan’s wife died. The debate over the cause of her death genuinely explained the tension between the family, and why they were susceptible to the dangers of the paranormal. While ‘Apartment 143′s director, Carles Torrens, decided to shoot the movie in the found footage horror sub-genre that has become popular, and at times overused, in recent years, the technique ultimately helped the film. The script, which was written even before the popular ‘Paranormal Activity’ series was released, called for several different kinds of video cameras, including high definition video and security cameras. Utilizing the different cameras effectively showcased the different environments and feelings in every scene. To continue reading this review, please click here.

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