When supernatural activity invades their apartment a family hires a paranormal research group to investigate. The group quickly finds themselves haunted by the malevolent force and increasingly violent attacks which quickly derails their investigation.
Francesc Garrido (Heseltine), Fiona Glascott (Ellen), Rick Gonzalez (Paul), Kai Lennox (Alan), Gia Mantegna (Caitlin), Michael O'Keefe (Dr. Helzer), Damian Roman (Benny), Laura Martuscelli (Cynthia).
Presented partially as a documentary, partially as a first-person experience, the film follows the work of a paranormal group attempting to determine the cause of a supernatural haunting. With a terrorized family at the mercy of a malevolent force, the group uses every means at their disposal to identify and eliminate the threat.
Acting was a mess in this one with O'Keefe probably being the best known actor in the film. Sadly his presentation was lacking and didn't add much to the story. Mantegna did decently but again, wasn't enough to save the film. The remainder of the supporting cast felt a bit bland, soft, and inexperienced.
Camera work was decent though some of the documentary type scenes felt contrived to minimize the requirement of special effects or solid backgrounds. Sets felt realistic and inexpensive while backgrounds were fairly bland. Special effects were surprisingly pretty good and fit the film well. Attention to detail was good. Dialogue was dry and was the soundtrack. Sound was decent.
Overall Apartment 143 feels like an entry level foray into the world of supernatural horror. Overall quality feels lacking despite some nicely done technical work. Sadly, acting and the storyline itself leave something to be desired.
With plenty of disturbing sci-fi scenes and some foul language, this should be fine for older teens and above.
Apartment 143 is no longer showing in any Littleton Colorado movie theatres.
Star rating: 2 out of 5
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