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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 think the problem with most low-budget horror is they have a great idea and don't know what to do with it. Absentia starts off really strongly with some very unsettling scenes. These scenes remind of classic '80s horror such as Sole Survivor.
Half way through, the story loses focus and never recovers. The only interesting thing about the second half of the story is how it shows you each character's version of events. That was a pretty unique idea. But unfortunately the use of cheap looking CGI really ruins the rest of this movie.
This one was recommended to me by a cinephile friend in whose neighborhood it was shot. I was warned to have appropriate expectations, and after watching the trailers that preceded the feature, my expectations were properly set. They all looked to be shot (decently) on modern video equipment, with small stories and mostly unknown actors. So, with that frame of mind, I began Absentia.
I did not know previously to what the title of the movie referred. It turns out that it is a term used when determining that someone who has been missing for a long time is assumed dead. Such is the situation that the characters are dealing with as the movie begins. A responsible woman has been…
Two years ago, my mom had brain surgery, and I spend the night by her side at the hospital.
I remember vividly how terrified I was watching this at 3 a.m., on my iPad with my headphones on, the darkness in the room and how silent the whole floor was.
I'm fully aware that it's because of my personal circumstances and a particular moment in my life, but for me, this is one of the scariest movies that I have ever seen, and everytime I watch it, I feel the same way that I felt that night.
C'è tanta personalità ed un manico non comune nonostante l'uso di una acerba Canon 5D. C'è anche un bel po' di ingenuità e non tutto gira per il verso giusto. Certo però non difetta di inventiva e originalità e mostra le avvisaglie del talento che Mike Flanagan sta mettendo a frutto. Provato a vedere anni fa mi addormentai, anche a causa di una scansione ritmica e dei tempi non proprio ben calibrati, ripreso ora dopo aver visto i discreti film successivi.
This $70,000 budgeted indie feature from first time filmmaker Mike Flanagan is a lot more intriguing and better than most indie horror films,since it focuses more on developing mood,characters,and an eerie atmosphere throughout its story,which depicts a pregnant lady(Courtney Bell)and her younger sister(Katie Parker) who are dealing with the disappearance of Bell's husband(Morgan Peter Brown),who soon resurfaces as Parker experiences plenty of supernatural phenomena an ghostly presence lurking that are connected to various disappearances in her neighborhood and that presence(which is connected to a local tunnel that Parker jogs near) is coming back for her,Bell,and Brown. Flanagan concentrates on slowly building up the storyline as he delivers great performances form his cast and delivers plenty of on-screen shocks without heavily…
This is so amateur and lame. The actors are just wooden and look like they responding to each other with the next line. The fat female lead can hardly get out a line without being hilariously awkward. You could guess every scare that was going happen and when it was going to happen and occur. Absentia just reinforces my theory that every directors first thing, albeit it short or feature length, just plain sucks. I skimmed through this film and missed nothing. I suggest instead of skimming you just skip it altogether.
I have a soft spot for this kind of unmanicured aesthetic and the fairly offbeat casting choices were quite interesting but the imagery and mythology of the horror elements needed to be more interesting if the film was to have any chance of being remotely memorable. It's a decent watch but doesn't really stand out
Absentia was one of the most terrifying movies I've seen this year. Rather than using jump scares and an easily-tangible monster, Absentia crafts a crescendoing feeling of dread and a monster comprised almost entirely of shadows and each audience member's imagination.
This film creates complex characters that, while you might not agree with their actions, seem "real" in most things they do with a few minor exceptions. One of the key deviations from this was Justin Gordon as Detective Mallory, a hard character to believe in due to a constantly fluctuating personality and very strange reactions that did not seem consistent with any sort of actual police detective ideology or actions.
I will say this, though: no one in this…
Somehow, this taps into the first fear of something lurking in the shadows that develops when we are children and never goes away. It stays with us as adults, but we deny it. We say instead that we are afraid of being mugged or kidnapped, but the shadows still frighten us.
The insufferable agony of not knowing if you have lost someone forever is a theme that always stays with me. I think that Absentia would pair well with 'Prisoners'. Even though the films have much different stories, they still explore loss, desperation, and immense guilt.
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