The Dead Girl in Apartment 03 (2022) Review

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The Dead Girl in Apartment 03 (2022) Review

Horrorific content by christina on August 10th, 2022 | Movie Review | Slow Burn, Haunted, Supernatural, Drama, Thriller, Mystery, Police, Haunted House, Dangerous Exploration, B-Horror, Haunted House - Hotel

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It's about a young woman who finds her roommate dead under mysterious circumstances and is then haunted in her apartment.

The Dead Girl in Apartment 03 was directed by Kurtis Spieler (The Devil's Well, Sheep Skin) and stars Laura DoolingFrank Wihbey (The Sadist), Brian Manley DavisAdrienne King (Jason Rising, Friday the 13th Part 2, and Friday the 13th), and Michael Schantz (Sheep Skin).

The Dead Girl in Apartment 03 (2022) Review

First, The Dead Girl in Apartment 03 is not directed by John Liu, despite what the billing may lead you to believe. Instead, it is the work of Kurtis Spieler, who pieced together footage shot by Liu into a cohesive film. So if you're looking for the same level of insanity as that film, you may be let down.

The film begins with Christian being interrogated by police about an incident where three people were found dead in an apartment and his ex-girlfriend Laura went missing. He starts by asking the police if they believe in ghosts and then proceeds to tell his story.

Laura recently relocated to New York City and, to add to the stress, found her roommate Elizabeth deceased with a frightened expression. The investigating officers, Miller and Richards, can't find anything that would suggest anything besides natural causes. Miller provides Laura with his card in case of emergencies. Without knowing anyone in the city and without enough money for a hotel room, Laura is stuck spending the night in the apartment. She soon gets the feeling that she's not alone.

The Dead Girl in Apartment 03 starts with a significant plot point that could turn some viewers off, as it reveals the ending within the first few minutes. Additionally, the film's slow pacing and lack of jump scares or intense visual effects could disappoint those looking for a more traditional horror experience.

Director Spieler begins The Dead Girl in Apartment 03 with a slow start, including unnecessary scenes between the detective pair, phone calls between Laura and her mother and Christian, etc. However, things do not become spooky until the half-hour mark. Eventually, Derrick, the dead girl's boyfriend, comes around, and things get more interesting.

The Dead Girl in Apartment 03's ghost story is preceded by fifty minutes of drama whose standout performance is Laura Dooling as Laura. Unfortunately, for much of the film, she is either alone or only has a voice on the phone to act with. Despite this, she comes across as believable and down-to-earth, maintaining the viewer's investment in her story. Ironically, after the power fails, her performance starts to waver as she goes overboard with the hysterics.

Davis performs well as her ex, who still cares for her, even after being dumped. Schantz gives a mysterious presence and knows more than he is saying. Wihbey and King do the best they can with what are limited roles.

Although The Dead Girl in Apartment 03 has a few unexpected plot twists in the climax, the lack of resolution and overly predictable final shot leave much to be desired.

Worth Watching? 

The film is not as scary as it could have been, and Spieler needed to integrate more overtly threatening material into the mix sooner. The ending is also not as satisfying as it could be. The distributor Wild Eye Releasing may give viewers the wrong impression of the film The Dead Girl in Apartment 03. While it is still a good movie, it is very different in terms of content and tone. Be aware of this before watching.

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