Just got in from seeing this. Anybody else see it?
If you saw the short film then you know the apparitions trait, it can only move in the dark. Kind of like the Weeping Angels from Doctor Who, but grouchier. This type of set-up leads to what you might guess with the scares, they come from the jump scare variety for the most part. This comes with the loud soundtrack blast. I figured this is what I was facing going in, so as it happened I was not too bothered by the film relying on such scares.
However, the film does rely on our not trusting the dark. Due to this the whole film carries with it a sense of dread whenever there is a shadow, as our critter just needs the dark. It doesn't matter if it is night or day. So if there is a shadow, you start to get a creepy feeling.
There is one fantastic scene that gives the viewer growing dread and then a jump scare. It happens on the night the son stays at his sister's place. That is all I will say.
The film is produced by James Wan and this comes across in our caring for the characters. The human element is very strong in this movie. Right from the moment we meet the sister (we do not know her role at this point) and her boyfriend we instantly like the two of them, especially the boyfriend (Brett). This works to the movie's benefit in the final act.
If I was to rate it with stars I would say ***1/2 out of *****. It was a good horror film. Sufficiently scary (jumps and dread) with a decent monster. There were some flaws, but nothing to really keep the movie from being enjoyable. The kid, Martin, is the weak spot in the acting department.