‘Apartment 143’ (Emergo) – If you’ve seen one of these, you’ve seen this one too

apartment-143-emergo-posterDirected by Carles Torrens (2011)
Nothing hits the horror spot like a good old fashioned haunting or home occupied by an angry poltergeist here we see Apartment 143 (Emergo) making an attempt to be those things. Emergo, the original title, comes to us from Spain. The film does indeed succeed in a sense, but overall Apartment 143 is nothing that different from the many, many, many other “found footage” haunted house films out there. Hence, if you’ve seen The Last Exorcism, Paranormal Activity, Lake Mungo and films like those – you get the idea. We should be calling the movers, but we called paranormal types in to investigate instead, and we have cameras.

In Apartment 143 :

A team of parapsychologists set out to investigate a series of anomalous phenomena taking place in a newly occupied apartment. Telephone calls with no caller, mysterious shadows, extraordinary light emissions, flying objects, and exploding light bulbs, are some of the events they will face while recording their every step with state-of-the-art technology. Using infrared filming, digital photography, psychophonic recordings, movement detectors, and magnetic field alteration meters, the group’s attempts to contact the “other side” will grow increasingly dangerous as they near a point of no return…

For the most part the film sticks to the formula, the parapsychologist set up camera’s throughout the family’s apartment, setting out to capture the “entity” on film, proving it’s haunted or there is something else causing the walls to bleed. That didn’t happen, but maybe it should have, it would have helped. As Apt143 drags goes on we are told the family suffered a loss of their mother and the son believes it’s her that’s haunting them. But, the son I need to say is four so that speaks for itself. Kids are gulliable and he is just making things up. Or is he?
After an hour or so of low level “activity” we get a half-assed attempt at a twist that is not un-similar to many we’ve seen before. However, at this point, you won’t care you’re just waiting for an ending. The acting and effects are decent, but the character’s stories are not enough to engage you. Did I mention in the end you won’t care? If there is nothing else available for you to watch Apartment 143 (Emergo) would do.

Apartment 143 (Emergo) is currently playing in limited and available On-Demand. The official wide release is June 1st.