THE NESTING; REMORSE
I am tired of watching ghost stories. This is a genre that is getting to be as overused as either the zombie or the possession genres are, especially down the low-budget direct-to-dvd end of the market or made-for-cable films. It is a genre that cycles around very limited themes and it feels like all of them are used up by now. Even the title Apparition or The Apparition is such a generic one it has been used for fifteen other films, including the banal Dark Castle ghost story The Apparition (2012) and the British exorcist mini-series Apparitions (2008). The retitle The Nesting comes in as slightly less generic and only shares itself with two other films.
As it starts in, Apparition/The Nesting seems to be doing nothing different from standard. Baby-faced Jody Quigley and his girlfriend Katrina Law seemed so generically twentysomething that they did nothing to engage me as characters. The scares and jumps were competently professional but forgettable. There is even one scene that tries to pump up the revelation of an ultrasound photograph into something scary with the use of music and is laughably obvious in its failure to do so.
On the other hand, Apparition/The Nesting has a moment where it suddenly starts to work. The point it does is when Jody Quigley starts to become involved with neighbour Lili Bordan and his ghost girlfriend Katrina Law suddenly turns vengeful, determined to keep them apart and emotionally blackmailing Jody into leaving her. The scenes in the latter half involving his mental descent into obsession and his undead relationship work not too badly at all. The ghost story with the conceptual reversal twist has become another cliche in the genre but Saunders pulls one on us that works with a reasonable effectiveness.