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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.
started off strong but really descended into mediocrity. extreme overuse of music, using only 3 (maybe 4) songs, blurs the tone. cheesy over and under acting.
...an admirable indie horror flick that managed to trump the disadvantage of its small budget and deliver the goods because of its material that could use some polishing (its subplots seem too much) but was utterly brilliant. And that's a lot more than what I could say to most horror films with bigger budgets. It has shocking and resonating scares, creepy and beautiful mystery, involving drama, compelling characters and convincing performances. It could've been more cinematic, but it has all the meat that makes a horror film worth sitting through.
When looking at a movie like Absentia, execution is all. Some parts of it are not the most original; it seems like Mike Flanagan, the director (also of the rather good if imperfect Oculus), likes certain tropes from horror movies of old, such as a haunted place with a history (this house which is in a "Bad" neighborhood, nevermind what specifically it is, but in this case it's near a spooky and ominous tunnel that's been a place where people have gone missing for a century), and that scene where the cases that precede what's going on in the story are revealed. While in Absentia this happens at a point when we're already on our toes about what's to happen…
Could have done much more with this story.
no había visto la primera película de flanagan. tiene mejores ideas que ejecución, aunque supongo que un gran problema --mío-- es haber visto ya sus dos películas producidas en el sistema de estudios, oculus y hush (bienvenidos los directores que buscan títulos de una sola palabra para sus películas!), que pueden ser o no superiores a absentia en su concepción pero que al menos son más agradables de ver. absentia tiene, como digo, grandes ideas --el monstruo, por ejemplo, es como un primigenio de lovecraft, ocultándose en el mismo lugar desde tiempos inmemoriales--, pero sus actuaciones son chatísimas, sus diálogos de plano sosos y su fotografía espantosérrima. es de esas a las que les vendría bien un remake del mismo director pero con más lana. aunque eso no siempre sale bien. mejor a lo que sigue.
Lo primero que tengo que decir es que vi esta película por tratarse del primer largometraje de Mike Flanagan, quien nos trajo la intrigante "Oculus" y que, habiéndola visto, me convirtió inmediatamente en fiel seguidor de este director.
Esta película obtuvo alrededor de la mitad de su presupuesto gracias a una campaña de crowdfounding y es uno de los trabajos independientes de terror que más destacan en mi opinión. Definirla es un poco más difícil, pero lo voy a intentar.
Nuestra protagonista es una mujer embarazada que, tras siete años de su desaparición, sigue buscando a su marido. A los siete años por ley se le declara muerto, lo cual le permite a ella dar cierre a ciertos trámites y…
I don't know if I can say I liked it.
I had issues, the sound was.. a bit of a mess, and it moved pretty slowly.
but, there was potential in it, and looking from where we are now, it's clear that Mike Flanagan went on to do great work (my opinion).
So.. yeah, I didn't hate it, but it wasn't great. It was kind of just a thing.
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…
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