The Appearing – more surprises, less horror (movie review)

Don’t know if this is only my view, but these days there are very few horror films that can actually scare you to death. In fact, horror films with not so convincing storylines make those very boring to watch. Nevertheless, films like “The Conjuring”, “Insidious: Chapter 2” and “Mama” are some of the finest horror films of last year. 

Directed by not-so-known Daric Gates, “The Appearing” is one of those horror films that never catch your attention after the first 30 mins of the film. It seems, it‘s yet another movie that tries a lot to come close to the kind of The Exorcist (1973), The Possession and The Conjuring (2013) but failed miserably without an engaging script.

Plot: Detective Michael (Will Wallace) relocates to a small town with his wife Rachel (Emily Brooks) in order to start a new life after the sudden death of their young daughter. Michael takes his new job in the sheriff’s office thinking not much work in this small town, but on his first day, he is asked to investigate the disappearance of a teenage girl.

Michael teams up with Sheriff Hendricks to search the missing girl and they find out the boyfriend of the missing girl locked up in a mental hospital. The doctor explains to them that the condition of the boy is because of some evil supernatural entity. Meanwhile, as Michael tries to understand the whole uncanny situation, he also finds out the disturbed condition of Rachel – being terrorised by some evil force with constant nightmares and terrified visions of a bloodied girl.

While the plot of “The Appearing” is based on the same old horror movie formulae of demonic possession of living body and haunted house, the story doesn’t offer anything exciting. Moreover, the acting is too clumsy to add anything positive to an already messy storyline where too many things are running together to create mere confusion.

Genre: Thriller, Horror, Mystery
Director: Daric Gates
Starring: Emily Brooks, Dean Cain, Will Wallace, Don Swayze, Wolfgang Bodison, Joe Estevez and Quinton Aaron

Watch the movie trailer of The Appearing – courtesy YouTube

You may also like to read about few more horror movies:
The Last Exorcism (2010)
Grave Encounters (2011)
The Others (2001)

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