There is something haunting "The Apparition," stalking its dark corners and lying in wait to make itself seen. That something would be the wildly successful "Paranormal Activity" franchise, liberally and frequently borrowed from here as something of a default centering position.
After a brief opening explaining a 1970s parapsychology experiment that seems to set it up as yet another fake-found-footage endeavor, the film switches to present day and a more conventional movie style.
Kelly (Ashley Greene, one of those other "Twilight" kids) and Ben (Sebastian Stan) are a young couple setting up house in an income property recently purchased by her parents. Unbeknownst to Kelly, Ben had taken part in a recent restaging of that earlier experiment, and now the malevolent force he unwittingly unleashed into the world has come a-calling. As they try to deal with mysterious mold, shifting furniture, a closet in strange disarray and other unnerving goings-on, Kelly tells Ben in an unintentional laugh line, "My parents are counting on us to look after their place. I can't tell them their house is haunted."
"The Apparition" is set amid the exurbs of California, where subdivisions and superstores fill the space between rambling undeveloped ravines. (The film's interior scenes were shot on soundstages in Berlin; the exterior of its main house is in Palmdale.)