Friends often ask me to recommend indie horror films on Netflix Instant. (American Netflix, sorry!) Now I can just send…
There are fates worse than death.
Tricia's husband Daniel has been missing for seven years. Her younger sister Callie comes to live with her as the pressure mounts to finally declare him 'dead in absentia.' As Tricia sifts through the wreckage and tries to move on with her life, Callie finds herself drawn to an ominous tunnel near the house. As she begins to link it to other mysterious disappearances, it becomes clear that Daniel's presumed death might be anything but 'natural.' The ancient force at work in the tunnel might have set its sights on Callie and Tricia ... and Daniel might be suffering a fate far worse than death in its grasp.
Absentia is absolutely brilliant, I don't throw that word around lightly either. This isn't one of those films where I had to look past a few flaws to enjoy it. Absentia was an experience I won't forget; taking me from the extreme depths of fear to tears streaming down my cheeks in sympathy.
People often complain about kickstarter films but this just goes to show the importance of a well-written story and the dismissal of audience expectations, where artist integrity reigns supreme. Sure, there was a budget of $70,000 but Absentia didn't need a large budget to convey the atmosphere it provided and with that we keep the filmmaker's vision in tact, no interference with producers or production companies who…
This film has many problems, of which the biggest lie within the narrative, but I was still rather enamored by it.
I think it has mainly to do with the fact that it focusses on atmosheric horror instead of trying for the cheap scares. And considering the small budget they had they admirably manage to evoke a sense of unease and some genuinely frightening imagery.
There is, unfortunately, far too much static in the narrative to keep the momentum going. We do get characters we care about, which is a nice change.
All in all, a worthy entry in the horror genre.
What a fantastic surprise.
Right from the start this movie had me hooked by featuring a cast of actors that simply seemed to be normal people. It is hard to sympathize or identify with the usual dumb-as-bricks bimbos populating your run-of-the-mill slasher flicks, but these guys had me invested right from the start. Add a very intriguing story line, an emphasis on atmosphere and a foreboding sense of dread and danger that Lovecraft and Barker would be proud of and you have yourself one hell of a creepfest.
Just don't let the cover art fool you: This has a lot to offer if you are into a more classic kind of horror and are sick of the ever repeating cycle of slasher mass production.
"Absentia" is an independent horror film whose micro-budget veneer may scare away some audiences. For those willing to penetrate that veneer, however, the film is a gem. Slowly engrossing, "Absentia" is more about subtle scares and trying to peer into the darkness than visceral frights and gore. It is a rich and thematically layered, unpolished find that deserves an audience.
Don't be put off - or on - by the poster, which suggests the film is a generic, lurid demonic-torture-slasher screamathon sorta thing. Absentia is, in fact, a slow-burning psychological horror that ponders what happens to all the people that go missing.
It makes excellent, optimal use of its Kickstarter shoestring budget with a patient build, an air of foreboding and subtly clever narrative twists. The main characters are two sisters; one still grieving for her missing husband, and who sees him in hallucinations, the other a wayward ex-junkie who has returned to reconnect with her sibling. That they both are unreliable narrators means that there's always a hazy line between reality and something more supernatural, and the film uses…
Recommended by Travis Lytle.
Tricia's husband disappeared 7 years ago and while expecting her first child she is going through the motions to have him declared legally dead - in Absentia. To help with the final legal hurdles and the delivery, Tricia's younger sister, a free spirit with a history of drug problems named Callie moves in.
But shortly after moving in Callie notices a nearby tunnel. A tunnel where strange things happen, and people go missing.
When watching Absentia you will recognize it as a low budget film. But in this case, the film doesn't suffer from the budget as much as the writing.
It's never quite clear what, how or more importantly WHY all these strange things happen.…
If only the cops would believe her about the giant insect in the tunnel that abducts people and keeps them in the walls or another dimension, I think!
This film manages to be fairly mundane, despite the outrageous premise. It's well acted and evenly paced and creeped me out enough to give it a half-assed recommendation.
shat my pants
A very misleading poster for an understated and quietly horrific film about coming to terms with grief. Performances are shaky at times and the ending of the film feels a little underserving of the rest of it but this is intelligent horror shot with a modern indie sensibility which works well enough.
Go in expecting a ground breaking horror classic and you will be disappointed, but as the foundations for a future horror talent the signs are promising. (Review by Eric Hillis) www.themoviewaffler.com/2014/07/bluray-review-absentia-2011.html
no debí ver esto el mismo día que the haunting. qué oso la sensación de timo cuando enfrentas el recuerdo de un maestro estilista como robert wise (al menos en esa peli, llena, como dice @rotchko, de diversas formas de horror) con un chambista comepollos como mike flanagan, que no es capaz de proveer más que un tipo de horror –repetido efectivamente, si quieren, pero uno y ya.
Consensus: Mike Flanagan's first film "Absentia" is an effective psychological drama with some surprising moments, original characters and unexpected scares. 83/100 [B+]
Tricia's husband Daniel has been missing for seven years. Her younger sister Callie comes to live with her as the pressure mounts to finally declare him 'dead in absentia.' As Tricia sifts through the wreckage and tries to move on with her life, Callie finds herself drawn to an ominous tunnel near the house. As she begins to link it to other mysterious disappearances, it becomes clear that Daniel's presumed death might be anything but 'natural.' The ancient force at work in the tunnel might have set its sights on Callie and Tricia ... and Daniel might be…
Le faltan algunas explicaciones, pero algunas veces es mejor dejarlo así a inventar cosas sin sentido que arruinan el terror.
El póster es muy malo.
Better and creepier than Oculus, because you care more about the lead characters and it has a central conflict that’s more engaging from a dramatic standpoint. Somehow though, Mike Flanagan doesn’t yet seem capable enough to marry his vast psychological ambitions and overly convoluted storytelling with the gut-wrenching suspense he seems to be aiming for. Maybe he will someday.
Ignore that awful poster, though, because it's one of the least representative ones you could possibly conceive for this film.
A lot better than its poster (and Netflix categorization) suggests, delivering some very creepy moments and a palpable sense of atmosphere. The acting is decent enough and the special effects impressive for such a low budget film.
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