In this week's edition of See This Not That, we beg of you: see ANY other ghost movie over the dreadful Ashley Greene joint, "The Apparition."
In particular, three horror movies featuring ghosts that have been released in the past few years - proof that there is no excuse for terrible, unoriginal, boring scary flicks to exist.
See This: Pretty Much Anything
If you're in the mood for a little horror over this holiday season, instead of renting something so bad it's bad, try out a recent horror film that actually works! Three top recommendations include 2009's "Drag Me To Hell," 2011's "Insidious" or 2012's "The Woman in Black." Of the three, "Drag Me To Hell" is the most over the top, "Insidious" is the scariest and "Woman in Black" is the most traditional, but all of them work and are notable for various reasons. "Drag Me To Hell" marked Sam Raimi's return to horror, and should have gotten a lot more love at the box office than it did. "Insidious" was James Wan's first major horror film since appearing on the scene with "Saw" and did well both critically and commercially. "Woman in Black" marked not only Hammer Film Productions' biggest ever US opening, but proved to the world that Daniel Radcliffe was going to be just fine in his post "Harry Potter" career. Although the three films deal with ghosts in vastly different ways, each one is worth seeing and can feed a different horror craving. With studio horror that can actually be great nowadays, why even bother with the less than stellar stuff?
Not: "The Apparition"
Despite a fairly disturbing poster and effective trailer, "The Apparition" has turned out to be one of the hands down worst reviewed films of 2012, pulling in a startling 4% on Rotten Tomatoes and 18 on Metacritic. The film follows four college students who try doing the "Charles Experiment" (basically trying to summon a spirit from beyond the grave because people can be really dumb sometimes) with the aid of technology and slowly but surely the spirit they conjured kills them all in really boring, anticlimactic ways. The plot itself and explanation of the ghost and why it exists and kills don't make much sense at all, something that could maybe be excused if the film was remotely frightening in any way, but silly us to expect such a thing from a horror movie….Warner Brothers, clearly realizing they had a turkey on their hands, released the the film in only 810 theaters and barely publicized it. Audiences who did know it was opening and were able to see it, weren't fooled by the trailer and avoided it on en masse, resulting in a #12 opening and ultimate worldwide gross of roughly nine million dollars. Yikes. Even though the film is only 82 minutes longs, critics widely panned the film for feeling not only pointless, but endless, practically commending director Todd Lincoln for managing to bring something to life in such an lifeless way. It's a shame for promising talents like Greene, Sebastian Stan and Tom Felton that they were all involved with such a train wreck, but here's hoping they've all learned their lesson.