The Apparition: The Experiment of the Apparition

Director(s): Josh Oreck


Okay. Humidity levels are good.

Still need thermal and infrared, though.

Where are those guys?

Cut it out.

Day one of our experiment into the limit

of anomalistic psychology.

We're attempting our own high-tech

version of the Charles Experiment.

Unlike the scientific sance

from the 1970s...

...our goal is to manifest the spirit

into our world.

- Where'd you get that?

- I made it up in Engineering.

I thought a 3D representation of Charles

would help us focus our focus.

If we pull this off,

we'll prove that ghosts, entities...

...and the supernatural do exist...

...with mass iteration of channeled,

intentional belief.

You think EEG amps and

headbands will make a difference?


Instead of just you, me, and Lydia,

it'll be like there's 500 of us.

Stop talking, Greg. Concentrate.

- Whoa.

- Give me a break. You kicked the table.

I did not, I swear.

- Did you get that?

- Yeah, he got it. Now shut up.


Holy sh*t!

- Oh, my God.

- Oh, sh*t.

Lydia! Lydia! Come on!


- What is that?

- Where's the flashlight?

What the hell is that? Aah! Patrick!

- Lydia!

- Lydia?

- Aah!

- Lydia!


Now no biting.

Hey, you.

Is your car out of the shop yet?

Of course not.

You think you can rescue me again?

Why not?

Kind of like being the hero. I love you.

Me too.

Let's try to get it right this time.

Uh, no problem.

Hey, stranger.

You hungry?

It depends what you're in the mood for.

The last four days we've covered

China, India, Vietnam...


Okay. You choose.

What exotic land

do you wanna visit tonight?

Can we go to Costco after this?

I wanna get a giant saguaro

for the front yard.

What the hell is a saguaro?

It's a cactus.

You think they even have them?

Mm. I mean, you would think so.

You don't think so?

How are you gonna fit a giant saguaro

in the back of your car?

What was that for?

You get happy and be nice.

- I had a bad day at work, all right?

- So?

Get over it.

Would you quit it?


So I guess I'm buying you a cactus.

I could always work here

if things don't work out.

Oh, stop it.

You can do that techie thing for a while.

It's not gonna kill you.

At least you're not picking up dog poop.

Hey, look.

What do we need that for?

Could come in handy.

We'll use it once,

then it's gonna end up in the garage.

You can't have a problem with this.

It's cute, it's cheap,

super low-maintenance.

Just like you.

Hmm. Look where we are.

Not the camping thing again. I...

Before my dad first took me,

I thought I'd hate it.

I like the outdoors, but sleeping

in a tent on the ground...

Who said anything about sleeping?

When you were a little girl, I bet your

dream was to live in Palmdale, wasn't it?

Of course.

Abandoned neighborhoods,

vacant strip malls...

...empty desert for miles

in every direction.

What girl doesn't dream about that?

- Who was that?

- Work.

- Hi, neighbors.

- Hey.

How's the unpacking going?

Well, we're getting there, sort of.

Hey, Pepper. Come on, girl. Pepper.

Watch out for this one.

She likes to roam.

How are you, Miss Maggie?


- This is my boyfriend, Ben.

- Good to meet you, Ben.

- Hi.

- Hello.

- See you guys soon?

- Yeah, see you soon.

All right, come on.

When did you find time to start

the welcoming committee?

Well, it wasn't that hard,

considering they're our only neighbors.

Hey, Mom.

Um, I'm watching your video right now.

- Uh-huh.

- Damn it! Where is it?

That was Ben. He can't find something.

Yes, Mom, were excellent tenants.

We're taking good care

of your investment home.

Your parents should be happy

they found renters...

...especially responsible ones like us.

We're still settling in...

...but I got new curtains for the bedroom

and I ordered a...

Oh, son of a b*tch!

You know what, I gotta go.

Give Dad a kiss?

Okay. I love you too.

My cactus. It's dead.

So we'll return it.

No, it cost four dollars and we'd spend

twice that much just taking it back.


I am schooling you right now.

- It ain't over yet.

- Stop.


- K.O.!

- Ugh!

Yes! Ha, ha.

Ugh! I need a beer.

Why don't you get me one? Loser.


Did you burn something?

Oh, right, because I cook so often.

But you noticed it... clean it.

Thank you.



- Wake up.

- What?

- Let me fall asleep? I missed the ending.

- Shh.

What's the matter?

Why are the doors open?

I don't know.

Did you set the alarm?

You watched me set it.

I'm gonna look around.

I'm calling the security company.


Good night. Thanks again.

No sign of forced entry.

The alarm's working fine.

They said some kids have been

messing around the empty homes.

It's probably just a stupid prank.

We're changing the locks.

- Up, sleepyhead. Come on, I need the sheets.

- Oh...

- Kelly. Come here. Come here.

- Ha, ha.

What time is it?

Nine. The hardware store opens at eight.

New deadbolts, remember?

Yeah. Yeah, yeah, yeah.

Did you get any sleep?

A little.

We're out of toothpaste.

Yeah, we need a lot of things.

You know what, can you make a...



Finish your sentence.

Oh, a list.

What's shaking?

Ah, just installing some

new security cameras.

All the locks are changed too.

You're pretty great, you know that?

You finally noticed?

- I really tweaked my back.

- Okay. All right, Dr. Mason.

Hey, don't jinx me. I'm not a vet yet.

You will be.

Now, if you can lose this top,

we can get started.

Ah, take a look. We have a visitor.

Pepper, come.



Let's go.

What could've happened to her?

Oh, my God, she's barely breathing.

Let's get her some help.

Mike, I'm so sorry.

We tried to help her, but...

I appreciate everything you've done.

There's nothing more you can do.

Look at this.

The linoleum's cracked.

Watch out for spiders.


What the hell?




Did you find anyone?

So far, none of the mold inspectors

can come by for at least a week.

Great. I'm gonna wash up.

You wanna go first?

I'm gonna keep searching.

We're attempting

to contain and entrap the entity...

...we manifested a few years ago.

This is where our experiment

will be happening.

We'll use these devices to detect our

entity when he makes his appearance.

The four of us will be

wearing these headsets.

They'll capture our belief

and channel it into here.

Utilizing our equipment, I'm going to

amplify the brainwaves of the participants.

There'll be four people

sitting around the table...

...but this will make it seem like

four thousand.

And all of this concentrated energy

will be focused into there.

My modern and altered version of

a psychomanteum, or apparition chamber.

The electric current acts as an amplifier

as it runs through the cages.

Entities manifest themselves

through energy.

The greater the energy,

the greater the chance of manifestation.

We miscalculated the first time...

...but now we'll be able to trap the spirit

within the psychomanteum.


Greg? Greg? Greg, where are you?

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