There are many horror films that center upon paying the consequences for past acts. Karmic retribution is satisfying enough to most people that it has been a solid basis for a story since the genre’s inception. Apparition is another film to add to the canon. In the beginning, taking place at the Preston School Of Industry, a particularly heinous brand of reform school, we meet the inexorable, awful guards who taunt and torment the terrified children/inmates, led by Larry Payne (Christopher Michael Holley). He introduces the children to the school with a harsh Bootcamp-on-crack speech. Fellow guard Officer Hale (Jon Abrahams) is in cahoots with Payne, while Officer King (Jake Jacobson) is a little bit more compassionate with the children. Other employees of the Preston School include Anna (Mena Suvari), the housekeeper/cook, and the head of the whole operation, Warden White (Kevin Pollak).
“He, Officer Payne, and Officer Hale commit some vile acts at the school, which caused its closure almost immediately after.”
Warden White is not exactly the most friendly of people, which is somewhat understandable considering his profession, but he takes it a little bit too far with the students and with his employees. He, Officer Payne, and Officer Hale commit some vile acts at the school, which caused its closure almost immediately after. We are then sent forward 20 years into the future where Warden White’s son Derek (Matthew Barnes) is set to marry the late Officer King’s daughter, Skyler (Annalisa Cochrane), the following day. After the wedding reception, Officer Hale’s daughter Taylor (Megan West), Officer Payne’s son, Nate (Jason Woods), and Warden White’s younger son Sam (Grayson Russell) all meet up in the couples hotel room to hang out. Upon this meeting, they discover that Sam has created a phone app that can connect the living and the dead (this is a horror movie, by the way, so go with it). The app ultimately leads the kids back to the closed down Preston School because Taylor’s mother needs to tell her something.