Apartment 1303 3D

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Apartment 1303 3D
Poster for Apartment 1303 3D.jpg
Promotional poster
Directed by Michael Taverna
Produced by Cindy Nelson-Mullen
Michael Taverna
Written by Kei Ôishi
Michael Taverna
Starring Mischa Barton
Rebecca De Mornay
Julianne Michelle
Corey Sevier
John Diehl
Music by John Lissauer
Cinematography Paul M. Sommers
Edited by Mattias Morheden
Release date(s)
  • December 6, 2012 (2012-12-06) (Russia)
  • July 25, 2013 (2013-07-25) (United States)
Running time 101 minutes
Country United States
Canada
Language English
Budget $5 million[1]
Box office $3,363,093[2]

Apartment 1303 3D is a 2012 horror film directed by Michael Taverna. The US-Canadian co-production is the English-language remake of the Japanese film of the same name. It is an adaptation of Japanese author Kei Ôishi's novel. The film stars Mischa Barton, Rebecca De Mornay and Julianne Michelle. The film officially went into production in Montreal in early November 2011.[3] The film was released theatrically in Russia on December 6, 2012.[4] In the United States, the film was released on the VOD platform on June 17, 2013, followed by a theatrical release on July 25, 2013.[5]

Plot[edit]

Following a family dispute, Janet moves out of the home she shares with her older sister, Lara and their single mother, Maddie. She moves into apartment 1303 on the thirteenth floor of a downtown Detroit apartment building. A nine year old neighbor, Emily, explains to Janet that a previous occupant of her new apartment killed herself. Strange things begin to occur in the apartment and when Janet appears bruised at work, she rebuffs concerns that her boyfriend, Mark, is abusing her and blames the marks on sleepwalking.

Janet is shaken by the strange events that are happening preferring to stay late at the office rather than return to apartment 1303. She calls her sister, Lara, to ask if she can return home but Lara informs her this would be a bad idea as their mother is having another "drunk psycho rant". Janet suggests going to a hotel but this is quickly dismissed as Lara is not able to pay for it. Janet then calls Mark who is back in town and he agrees to call round. Later that night, Janet is awoken by supernatural elements in the apartment but unfortunately Mark is no longer around. A supernatural force takes hold of Janet's body leading to her suicide. Her sister, Lara, later arrives to gather Janet's belongings and begins to experience the same terrors.

A detective that was on the case talks to Lara and she believes her sister was murdered. She discovers the tenant name from 20 years back, Jennifer Logan. At the age of 12, she moved in apartment 1303 with her mother, Mary, a respectable school teacher and recently divorced. For the first few years in the apartment, they lived in peace and she was a loving mother to Jennifer. However, the peace was shattered when Mary lost her job during a dispute with a parent in a parent-teacher conference. She found work as a prostitute to pay for the apartment, became an alcoholic and brutally abused Jennifer. This leads to her murdering Mary and burying her in a built in closet. A few years later, neighbors complained about the smell of the apartment, causing the police and the health department to investigate. By the time they got to the apartment to confront Jennifer, she had already committed suicide by jumping out the window and the police found the decomposed body of Mary. In the years that followed more tenants was thought to have committed suicide with Janet being the recent one.

Later on while taking a bath, Lara gets a cryptic warning from Janet to leave the apartment and never come back. Another dispute with Maddie leads Lara to moving in the same apartment. Jennifer soon arrives and kills Mark, throwing him out the window. As Lara is trying to escape, she catches Emily and the landlord, O'Neill. It turns out that they were previously killed by Jennifer and had been warning others to never move in to apartment 1303 to no avail. As Maddie tries to talk some sense to Lara, Jennifer pushes her towards the knife and kills her. The police arrive and Lara is arrested for both her mother and Mark's murder. After she is taken away to be booked, Jennifer is last seen sitting on the same spot where she committed suicide: an unseen warning of what happens when anyone moves into apartment 1303.

Cast[edit]

Production[edit]

The Swedish director Daniel Fridell had originally been set to direct the project but was later replaced by Michael Taverna.

A specialised crew of 3D experts from Hong Kong were hired for the film.[6]

Reception[edit]

Justin Chang of Variety called it an "inept and derivative tale" that is not unintentionally funny enough to be "so bad it's good".[7] Frank Scheck of The Hollywood Reporter wrote, "This non-starter horror film, inexplicably released in 3D, won't haunt theaters for very long."[8] Shawn Macomber of Fangoria rated it 1/4 stars and wrote, "The movie exhibits the germ of something that could potentially be a lot of fun on Saturday night basic cable. Problem is, its higher aspirations are a gauntlet thrown in the way of a deviously barmy romp."[9] Gareth Jones of Dread Central rated it 0.5/5 stars and wrote, "Bereft of interesting characters, dialogue, acting ability, scares, visual aplomb or much of anything else, Apartment 1303 is occasionally good for a derogatory laugh, or simply to witness what must be the middle of one serious mire in Rebecca de Mornay's career."[10] Andrew Pollard of Starburst rated it 3/10 stars and wrote that there is "no emotion, no care, no feeling and no reason to watch."[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Apartment 1303 3D Upcoming Horror Movies. 8 August 2011
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  3. ^ Barton, Steve (8 November 2011). "Apartment 1303 Officially Begins Production". Dread Central. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  4. ^ Standal, Jeanne (4 December 2012). "Russian Trailer & TV Spot For Taverna’s Horror APARTMENT 1303 3D, Starring Mischa Barton!". Filmofilia. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  5. ^ Gonzalez, Cristina (18 April 2013). "Gravitas Ventures Makes Indie Film History With 3D Acquisition of 'Apartment 1303'". Indie Wire. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  6. ^ "Apartment 1303 3D Currently Shooting In Montreal, Specialized 3D Crew Brought In From Hong Kong". The Business of Film Daily. Retrieved 19 October 2011. 
  7. ^ Chang, Justin (25 June 2013). "Film Review: 'Apartment 1303'". Variety. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  8. ^ Scheck, Frank (27 July 2013). "Apartment 1303: Film Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  9. ^ Macomber, Shawn (8 August 2013). "APARTMENT 1303″ (Movie Review)". Fangoria. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  10. ^ Jones, Gareth (17 June 2013). "Apartment 1303 (UK Blu-ray / DVD)". Dread Central. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 
  11. ^ Pollard, Andrew (31 May 2013). "DVD Review: APARTMENT 1303". Starburst. Retrieved 18 May 2014. 

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