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Ghost Canyon

(Katrina Law, Jody Quigley, Lili Bordán, et al / DVD / NR / 2015 / Revolver Entertainment)

Overview: When his beautiful fiancée, Lori (Katrina Law), is killed in a car accident, Doug (Jody Quigley) retreats in solitude to the isolated farmhouse that should have been his new family's home. As he grieves and further isolates himself from his friends and society, he learns that he is not alone in this quaint home.

DVD Verdict: As the movie opens, we witness a young man hell bent on tearing apart a wall, trying to discover what is behind it. Once discovered, he slumps to the floor, head in hands ... and then the movie begins. Not that we know at that juncture, but that was a flash forward scene. So the fact we're not too sure if that very same guy is now neat and tidy in a suit, surprising his girlfriend with a ring in a "old, decrepit" house, is a tad bit confusing.

Moving on and once she has said yes, and the endless rose petals continue to fall, neatly spaced from atop the now-rotating fan above them (and yet, there was NO electricity in the entire house!!), the slowness of the plot kicks in. Until, after some erratic driving from our lead, he kills his fiancée and leaves him suffering tremendous guilt. As forewarned at the start of the film, the house that was sold to him, by a friend, as a "fixer upper," was haunted. So he should leave it right away, yes? Of course, but not here on the small screen. Instead, six weeks after her death, he announces that he will stay in this "fixer upper" (which looks perfectly fine, very habitable, very finished to me!) and finish it, just as his fiancée would have wanted.

Out of nowhere, given that the house is, well, out in Nowhereland, comes another strikingly beautiful young lady, who falls for Doug the moment he stops to fix her tire for her. They eventually get together, but Doug is now seeing things in the house, that range from a bloody blonde with an axe to grind, and even Lori - and their unrevealed baby! By now the house has taken compete control of his mind, his relationship with his new neighbor, Jamie has dissolved, for as is said on film, "Too much time alone and you'll get stuck in your head."

The conclusion is well put together, well thought out, interesting, given that it's a slow burn of a film for the money spent on it. That said, low budget or not, the cinematography is excellent, some of the angles of filming a real joy to know someone had the forethought to create that shoot in that manner. Director Quinn Saunders deserves en masse credit for that because 'Apparition' wouldn't be half the movie that it is without him having assembled a great team, both in front and behind the camera. This is a Widescreen Presentation (1.78:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs.

Official 'Apparition' Trailer