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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.
Mike Flanagan's micro-budget Absentia, is proof that a horror movie is more effective when less is shown and explanations are kept to a minimum. And while the aesthetics of the poster may mislead the viewer into thinking this a gory schlock fest, Absentia is actually dark, atmospheric horror at its most efficient.
THE PREMISE: Tricia is ready to end the seven year search for her husband, Daniel. Her ex-drug addict sister Callie comes to live with her and the two of them get ready to sign Daniel's death certificate when Callie starts to feel a mysterious presence lurking in a nearby tunnel. As she starts to do more research into this tunnel, she spots a link between the forces that…
Why is this a good horror film? Because first and foremost it is simply a good film: an interesting story with characters that interact relatively realistically, and that the audience can actually care about. The film is really "no-frills" as they say, and there are only a couple of scenes I can think of that could have used slightly more toned down dialogue, though I'm not entirely convinced real people wouldn't say the odd things the characters said in these specific scenes. I would go as far to say I thought this was better than The Babadook (a fine movie still), as this one handled its themes more maturely by not making them as blatant. The film's strongest trait for me is how interested I was in the characters, despite the presence of the horror elements.
Cuidado com o bicho que anda nas paredes e nos túneis. Ele vem buscar-te! Ambiente interessante, mas no final não se destaca or aí além.
The aesthetics might not always be as pleasing to watch (it was made on a shoestring budget) but the idea behind Absentia is really intriguing. I liked how the director keeps you guessing: Is there really a monster hidden in that tunnel or do we see monstrous things because of grief and drug abuse. The perspectives of our protagonists are unreliable and that was the main strength of the movie. That, and a couple of truly chilling moments with the presumed dead husband.
microbudget debut feature from the directors of Oculus--super unsettling and got weirder and better as I watched.
Sencilla pero angustiosa.Desapariciones. Carnaza para el mal.
I think someone's going to have to rescue me from this project before it's too late.
Absentia is absolutely, unquestionably a film I can see hitting all the right notes with some people. It has a moody, disquieting suburban atmosphere to it that, in some ways, reminded me of Enemy. It also has quite an unusual concept behind it that is potentially pretty intriguing.
Therein lay the problem for me, however, in that I never really felt this film went out and really got to the gist of that idea. It sort of vaguely plays around with it for a little bit, not really explaining anything at all, before Catherine Parker all of…
A low budget kick starter film that is hard to put in to a genre. An original piece of cinema based around suburban folk lore, this felt really fresh. Although I enjoyed the story but it could have been executed better and the soundtrack was terrible.
Very good direction and a muddled script make this a very odd but enjoyable ghost flick an odd ride. The director did the fantastic Oculus.
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We're about half way through the Underrated Series and have finally reached one of the big genres. I'm expecting lots…