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Apartment 1303

By AP KRYZA
[FOUR NIGHTS ONLY] There are a lot of scary things about the supernatural thriller Apartment 1303, and none of those things are the ghosts who look like they were picked up outside the set of a Biography Channel "true life" ghost story. It's frightening to see a once-promising actress like Rebecca De Mornay going completely over the top as a combination of Stevie Nicks and Joan Crawford, flailing about in a drunken series of spasms. It's scary that somebody got paid to write a remake of a Japanese flick completely drained of logic, in which not one but two sisters (Mischa Barton and Julianne Michelle) inhabit an apartment with a history of mysterious suicides and horror-stock neighbors like the creepy little girl and the skeezy landlord. And it’s completely unnerving that somebody would invest $5 million in a 3-D indie horror flick that looks and feels like a particularly bad Lifetime film, complete with an overbearing mother, sisterly strife and Barton's breasts blurred out by pixels (yes, this is a thing). Director Michael Taverna takes the entire affair completely seriously. That would be fine if there were some legitimate scares. Instead, it's a disaster, and an utterly dull one. It'll be shocking if anyone stays awake for the whole mess.
 

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Clinton Street Theater. 9 pm Thursday-Sunday, July 25-28
 
  • Genres: Horror, Thriller
  • Running Time: 101 minutes
  • Release Date: Thursday, July 25, 2013
  • Country: United States
  • Language: English
  • Critic's Score: D-
  • Starring: Mischa Barton [Lara Slate], Rebecca De Mornay [Maddie Slate], Julianne Michelle [Janet Slate], John Diehl [Detective], Madison McAleer [Emily], Kathleen Mackey [Jennifer Logan], Corey Sevier [Mark Taylor], Jessica Malka [Lidia], Gordon Masten [O'Neil], Grace Savage [Joyce]
  • Directed by: Michele Taverna [Director], Michele Taverna [Screenwriter], David Shoshan [Executive Producer], Jim Steele [Executive Producer], Ameer Fawaz [Executive Producer], Cindy Nelson-Mullen [Executive Producer], Michele Taverna [Executive Producer], Davy Bernagoult [Original Music], Yoann Bernagoult [Original Music], John Lissauer [Original Music], Paul Sommers [Cinematographer], Edward Brizio [Film Editor], Roberto Silvi [Film Editor], Bruno Rosato [Casting], Louis-René Landry [Production Design], Muriel Espic [Set Decoration], Suzana Fischer [Costume Designer]
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