Michael Taverna (Managua - 1996) is the director of Apartment 1303 3D and did an okay job considering that this was his 2nd movie that he directed. Apartment 1303 3D is a remake of the Japanese movie Apartment 1303 that was directed by Ataru Oikawa and released in 2007. I will not watch this movie again but it did have scare factors that were very creepy that I like.
Apartment 1303 contains gore, violence, bad language, suspense, quiver in your seat scare and creepiness. The actors and actresses did a great job with their roles, especially the little girl named Emily (Madison McAleer - Imaginaerum, Immortals) who had minimal screen time. The movie was too slow paced and needed a little more drama.
Janet Slate (Julianne Michelle - Horrorween, Shannon’s Rainbow, Awakened) and Lara Slate (Mischa Barton - I Will Follow You Into the Dark, You and I, Don’t Fade Away) saved this movie big time from getting a score of 3. Janet and Lara are two sisters that have to put up with their outgoing mother, Maddie Slate (Rebecca DeMornay - American Reunion, Collar, Flipped). Janet and Lara dread being around their self absorbed mother but do it anyway because they are family and someone has to take care of their mother when she’s passes out on the floor or sofa from drinking too much. Maddie is a drunk of a mother who verbally abuses her daughters, go out most of the time or stay home to play her guitar and get ridiculously drunk. She constantly reminds her daughters that they wouldn’t have anything if it wasn’t for her money and hard work, ugh - I so hate mothers who don’t live up to being a good mother. I so couldn’t wait for her to die, I know it is bad to say but I just couldn’t wait for her character to be killed/murdered.
Apartment 1303 3D is mainly about all the supernatural stuff that happen after Janet moved out from the home she shared with her mother and older sister. She moves into an apartment that seems too good to be true for the price that she will be paying. The apartment 1303 is on the 13th floor and is located in downtown Detroit. Janet soon discovers bruises on her body that she cannot explain and blames it on sleep walking. Everyone at her job thinks she is being abused by her boyfriend, Mark Taylor (Corey Sevier - Osombie, Awaken, Path of Souls) who is a police officer. Janet is then scared to stay in her apartment and tries to get Mark to sleep over as much as possible. A supernatural force later kills Janet but made it appear as a suicide and everyone has their eyes on Mark since he was supposedly sleeping over that very same night. Her sister Lara soon moves into the apartment since it was already paid for. Lara begins to experience the same supernatural stuff as Janet and begins to dig deeper into the matter by doing some research. It appears that everyone who moves into that apartment is a female that is around the same age and ends up being killed/committing suicide. Guess who kills Maddie?
So basically I give this movie a 5 because it was kind of entertaining to see how it played out. I just don’t get why in almost all of the horror movies, the occupants of a house decide to stay after experiencing a vast majority of supernatural activity. I would of so been out of that house the very next day, if not the first. Why don’t they run for their lives???
About Apartment 1303 3D (2012)
Starring: John Diehl, Mischa Barton, Gordon Masten, Corey Sevier, Kathleen Mackey, Rebecca De Mornay, Julianne Michelle, Jessica Malka, Katherine Cleland, Madison McAleer, Grace Savage, Antoine Yared, Gillian Altman, Jessica Harris
Director: Michael Taverna
MPAA Rating: R