a list that is trying to contain every horror film made that is not lost and is found on the…
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..
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 want more…
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.
"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.
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.
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…
Effectively creepy and fresh, although not a huge payoff in the end which I think was a result of its low budget. Fair effort.
Suffers the same downfall as many supernatural horror films: once stuff starts to be explained, the film works less and less. Creative camera work and unconventional scares carry the majority of the film into some lackluster reveals.
Пятнадцатый фильм Октябрьского хоррор-марафона.
Скрывающийся под маской хоррора "Absentia" на самом деле больше фокусируется на персональной драме своих персонажей, но все его попытки увлечь меня обернулись провалом. Фильм задает множество вопросов, на которые у него самого нет ответов. Он хочет предоставить зрителю логическое объяснение и в то же время остаться в тени неопределенности до самого конца. Очевидно, что ни то, ни другое ему не удается.
Актерская игра неплоха, лучше чем мне показалось после просмотра трейлера. Зато "пугалки" не вызвали вообще никакой реакции. Они бледны и неоригинальны. Это тот самый случай, когда лучше как следует показать монстра хотя бы раз, чем вообще не показывать. Драму нечем уравновесить, и это мешает фильму по-настоящему увлечь своей хоррор-составляющей. Даже концовка страдает от этого, если это вообще можно назвать концовкой. Где разрядка? Где ответы?
Финальная мысль: я люблю фильмы, которые достигают многого на базе микроскопического бюджета. Здесь этого не произошло. "Absentia" достойно выглядит, достойно звучит, но темп и сюжет сильно страдают от посредственного сценария.
I overlooked the acting the first time... Still worth a watch though. First half is V creepy.
Je me rattrape enfin pour ce film de Mike Flanagan qui a mis sur les rails sa carrière dans le cinéma fantastique (il a tout de même trois longs métrages indépendants derrière lui avant ce film) et il était temps, ayant vu et apprécié toutes ses réalisations subséquentes.
On retrouve plusieurs thèmes récurrents dans ses oeuvres (la perte d'un être cher et le vide causé étant le plus flagrant) et voilà qu'ici on les explore de plein fouet. L'ambiance générale a une lourdeur palpable et le travail sonore y est pour beaucoup (on enterre pratiquement les dialogues à de nombreuses reprises) ce qui crée un climat engouffrant le spectateur. Avec un minime budget, la mise en scène et les interprètes…
A woman's husband disappears and seven years later, she has him legally declared dead. This is where the story begins: the seven years later point. Her deadbeat sister, who has given up drugs and found religion, comes to stay with her and help her through this difficult process. Pretty much the day after she signs the paperwork: the husband comes back, emaciated and abused and with strange animal bones in his stomach. He doesn't remember anything.
Absentia is really good at the slow-burn dread in everyday things. Going for a run alone can be scary if you're already scared. It tells you a lot of things without you realizing that it's telling you them until you need the information later: the missing pets posters, the young man who says "don't." It all comes together in the end, without explaining too much. I was THOROUGHLY SPOOPED by this movie.
A man’s been missing seven years, long enough for his wife to get pregnant from another relationship and have the man declared legally dead. Then he shows up. That’s the hook here, and one of the strongest selling points about the movie is that it wants to hang out in the weirdness of that hook for a really long time. It’s a movie less concerned with the rules of the central weirdness and much more concerned with character opportunities. Why else take the time to show us the protagonist calling her legally dead husband’s parents to tell them he’s come back and the terrible mix of emotions that brings out? Why else have her new boyfriend talk to her like…
+ interesting premise
+ decent lead actors
+ sense of dread throughout the film
- supporting actors aren't that convincing
- lame jump scares
- repetitive soundtrack that's way too intrusive
- all in all rather boring
Subtle in comparison to Oculus or Hush - both superior films - but this exhibits its own level of promise for what has proven to be a pretty damn impressive filmography. Visually it's nothing much, but certainly proves to be pretty creative in overcoming clear financial shortcomings.
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