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…
There is the kernel of a great horror film buried within Absentia but in its finished form I found Mike Flanagan’s Kickstarter-funded movie a frustrating experience. To its credit it does have a refreshing premise and as a film it is not easy to pin down (it’s part suburban supernatural horror and part psychological thriller) but the overall results are rather disappointing, particularly in its handling of its more horrific elements.
Mike Flanagan (director of the well received Oculus) has created an ambiguous chiller steeped in suburban isolation and folklore. A pregnant woman is visited by her wayward sister as she is about to sign the in absentia death papers for her husband who mysteriously disappeared seven years ago. However,…
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.
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.
"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.
I was looking for a decent horror film a few days ago and someone on Twitter suggested this one. Already forgot who that was, but I'm glad I gave this one a shot. Expectations were minimalized as I hadn't heard of this one before. As a fan of horror I was still looking forward to it anyway. When you've seen as many horror films as I have they all start to look the same, but this one was a little different in all the right places.
It started off as a low budget drama that slowly evolves into a horror film. The cast was small with capable actors, which is a nice change. This wasn't the typical gory film about…
Thanks a lot, Letterboxd for, once again, giving me nightmares.
"Absentia" is a 2011, low budget Horror Movie about two sisters, a missing husband and a supernatural force. And it's scary as hell.
I could bitch about the box art for this movie the whole day. Who thought this was a good idea? It's terrible and I think, I'm not the only one who gets turned down by it. Only because I've read good things about "Absentia" here on this website, I decided to put this on my Hoop-Tober List.
Characters felt real, there was good chemistry between the two sisters. I liked the soundtrack which reminded me a bit of "Upstream Color", Pacing was very good imho. A pleasant surprise. Recommended!
Absentia is a quiet and incredibly somber horror film. It had some genuinely creepy moments throughout but the movie had a tough time holding my attention. Some of the acting leaves much to be desired and the film's score has this recurring theme that is very ambient and honestly, it made me want to take a nap.
The film does go to some great places and I love the open ending. There were moments that could have been truly terrifying but the film always chose to cut away or abruptly end the scene instead of letting the viewer stay in that moment. This could have been cause by the restraints of the film's budget. I can't entirely be sure. But it was anticlimactic to see those particular scenes played out retrospectively.
I really should say that I admire this movie, but I don't know that I can say that I like it.
This comes across to me as sort of a renovated 00's supernatural horror, which despite the renovation, is still one of my least favorite eras for horror.
I really did appreciate the complexities that many horror movies from the 00's are void of. It was impressive the depth that this movie managed to reach in delving into how addiction affects people and their loved ones by the story of how a man goes missing and the man's wife's newly sober sister explores the unexplained phenomenon that is claiming people throughout the neighborhood (at least according to my analysis). I…
First films are interesting. On the surface they are cheaply made with actors who range from promising to barely usable. Below the surface they are occasionally the early seedlings of talent. After finishing Absentia I was left both impressed and frustrated. The film didn’t make sense in some scenes, had bad editing, and some shoddy acting. Yet, the film is also unique with some seriously disturbing and frightening ideas. Although I haven’t seen it yet, I can understand why Mike Flanagan got the budget to make Oculus.
The film centers around two sisters. The oldest is finishing filing the paperwork to declare her husband, who disappeared seven years earlier, dead. The younger is reuniting with her older sister after a…
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Decent enough story, scares could've been better.
Much more low-key, and human, than the sensationalist poster suggests. In a simplistic way it explores a number of issues (grief, religion) without being preachy. And it keeps you guessing for longer than you could realistically hope for. A hidden gem.
Don't judge a film by its cover. A well crafted supernatural drama focusing on how we cope with loss.
A movie poster scattered with film festival awards, I assumed there would be something special about Absentia. A woman whose husband goes missing for seven years, begins to dream about him days before she must declare him dead by absentia. In a ridiculous twist, an unexplained creature living in an underpass near their house has something to do with his disappearance/ reappearance. *Sigh*
A woman and her sister begin to link a mysterious tunnel to a series of disappearances, including that of her own husband.
It's never good to knock a low budget film that tries something new with a tired genre but Absentia doesn't work although it does have good things going on. First of all, it's good to have a film where both main leads are female and where neither looks like they've just been plucked from a swimwear catalogue. We are actually given some sort of character development with the two.
Unfortunately pretty much everything else doesn't do much for me, we get a subplot of a romantic involvement with one of the women that is very on the nose. The performances across the board are pretty average and nothing really engaged me that much.
Not terrible, but a bit disappointing.
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