*/**** Image B Sound B+ Extras HILARIOUS
starring Ashley Greene, Sebastian Stan, Tom Felton, Julianna Guill
written and directed by Todd Lincoln
by Walter Chaw I think you enter into a handshake agreement with The Apparition that it's never, not for a moment, going to be scary when in its prologue, we're introduced to Harry Potter alum Tom "Draco" Felton as a grad student or something in a Doc Brown helmet prattling on about "anomalistic psychology" in that affected, pained way the Harry Potter alums (see: Emma "Hermione" Watson in The Perks of Being a Wallflower) seem to have adopted post-franchise. Or maybe it's the first scene between central pretties Kelly and Ben (Ashley Greene and Sebastian Stan), which, without fail, sports extra, meaningless, unintentionally hysterical blank reaction shots, thus announcing, in addition to hyphenate Todd Lincoln's inability to cast, his inability to frame shots or hire an editor (or three, as the case may be). To The Apparition's credit, though, milquetoast hero Ben is wearing the Bauhaus T-shirt I used to wear in high school when I wasn't trying to be hip, so...yay for being old enough to have a direct connection to a hipster reference. As for the rest of it, it's kind of astonishing that this didn't land as a dtv relic submitted for the immediate disapproval of the Netflix-streaming peanut gallery.