APPARITION (2019) Reviews and overview



‘Death is not the end’

Apparition is a 2019 American paranormal horror feature film about a phone app that connects the living with the dead.

Directed by Waymon Boone from a screenplay co-written with Mark S. Allen and Rob Rose, based on a storyline by Wayman Boone and co-producer Howard Burd. The Make The Movie production stars Mena Suvari (Don’t Blink; Day of the Dead 2008; The Rage: Carrie 2), Kevin Pollak (Vamped Out series), Jon Abrahams and Grayson Russell.


Guided by a phone app that connects living with the dead, a group of young people find themselves at a former correctional facility nicknamed Preston Castle; it is a place with a horrific history tied to each of them, for reasons they’ll soon discover…


Reviews [click links to read more]:

“Dark, twisted and relevant, Apparition has all the trademark tropes of a great horror movie, cast aside the ropey supporting cast, and Mena and Kevin carry this film with ease. Low budget doesn’t mean low quality. This is a very impressive and suspenseful little horror flick!” Back to the Movies

“It’s watchable but that’s it. What is amazing is that four writers are credited on a script that has pretty much no fresh ideas or concepts. It’s all by the numbers, Horror 101 stuff. It’s well enough done that viewers won’t turn it off, but there’s nothing new here.” Voices from the Balcony


In the US, Vertical Entertainment released Apparition theatrically and on VOD on December 27th 2019.

Cast and characters:

  • Mena Suvari … Anna
  • Kevin Pollak … Warden White
  • Jon Abrahams … Officer Hale
  • Grayson Russell … Sam
  • Megan West … Taylor
  • Annalisa Cochrane … Skyler
  • Renny Grames … Mother
  • Matthew Barnes … Derek
  • Jason Woods … Nate
  • Christopher Michael Holley … Larry Payne
  • Anthony Snow … Wedding Reception Guest
  • Marie Finch … Wedding Party Guest (as Leah M Pears)
  • Manny Avina … Prison / Ghost Boy
  • Mikaela Gilden … Hotel Maid
  • Simon Lathrop … Jeremy
  • Trace Talbot … Prison Boy
  • John Demakas … Wedding Party Guest
  • Seth McCracken … Inmate
  • Albert Thakur … Truck Driver
  • Jake Jacobson … Officer King
  • Mateo Garcia … Ghost / Acid scarred kid
  • Mason Partak … Prison / Ghost Boy
  • Owen Jones … Inmate
  • Roberto Richard Iturriaga … Little Brother
  • Mateo Garcia … Ghost / Acid scarred kid

Technical details:

83 minutes

Working title:

Preston School of Industry

Fun Facts:

  • In real life, the Preston School of Industry, also known as Preston Castle, was one of the oldest and best-known reform schools in the United States. It is located in Ione, California, in Amador County. The abandoned building has since been named a California Historical Landmark and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
  • Preston School of Industry is also an indie rock band formed by Scott Kannberg (a.k.a. Spiral Stairs) in 1999, following the dissolution of Pavement.



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