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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,…
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.
Almost fatally low budget and rough around the edges, it's saved on the merit of Mike Flanagan being a Goddamn good director. And clearly not afraid of dark endings. Oculus showed what he could do with a higher budget. I can't wait to see what he does with an even higher one.
"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'm a fan of Oculus but this was rather disappointing considering how cool the cover art is. Very little happens over the film and nothing is explained, with varying accounts of things going on detailed by different characters.
Our heroine was a recovering drug addict, and it's implied she was taking drugs offscreen so her point of view is automatically skewed. Her pregnant sister was insufferable too, at first I just thought the character was meant to be fat, who was the father? Was it the fat policeman with a crush on her or someone else? It couldn't have been her husbands as he'd been missing for seven years. I don't mind not being spoon fed information but I'd at least like some explanations for certain events.
There were a couple of creepy moments but overall the film was nothing special.
Surprisingly well-done and pretty creepy for being extremely low budget. The movie definitely loses steam in its third act especially when it tries to add in quick cuts of CG monsters but the movie does well with minimal locations, reliable actors, and a simple premise. The movie's biggest strength is its low budget creativity, but also its biggest weakness when it's consumer camera cinematography feels a little cheap and acting feels a little student film.
The kinship with Flanagan's follow-up, Oculus, is clear: the filmmaker is interested in how humans process grief and countenance mortality. Blurs the line between the supernatural and the mundane. Really the only thing wrong with this is some amateurish acting.
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I like what Mike Flanagan does with limited resources here, though the script's attempts at ambiguity just add clutter and confusion rather than mystery or depth. Despite the mostly unseen entity and the eerie shenanigans, it's bureaucracy that's most horrifying here, the process of transitioning a loved one from "missing" to "deceased" is simultaneously absurdly complicated and all too simple, and Flanagan does a great job conveying the emotional stress for those left behind.
With a budget of about $70,000 this thriller was actually suprisingly good, and very good for an indie flick.
Solid acting, and while only having one musical score in the film that is used quite a bit it's actually quite effective.
This is the kind of movie that makes wading through the low-budget Horror garbage worth it. A truly fantastic little movie that hits it out of the park in every way.
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Refreshing subject matter can't save this dismally paced film.
i watched the whole thing before realizing i already watched it before
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