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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..
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.
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 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…
I'm doing a double bill of mike Flanagan films but so far he seems to belong to the pedestrian "woo! Scary! "Miller lite" school of horror..
The fact the soundtrack comprised of 3 endlessly repeated tracks made it even more tedious.
This was an okay movie, especially to be the first time foray into horror by Mike Flanagan (I'll say I MUCH prefer his later movies, Hush and Oculus, to this movie, though). I thought it was rather slow, personally, the first 45-60 minutes or so are rather uneventful and we only get a tiny glimmer of what may come to unnerve us. I didn't think the story was very original, it was about a creepy tunnel and people disappearing, but with a bit of a twist to it. The cinematography was good. Although it seemed mostly intended to revolve around the main characters, I didn't perceive much development or fleshy backstory to go on. I was disappointed in it, mostly,…
Well acted indie horror that has some genuinely creepy moments, but the narrative focus feels a bit misplaced. It's more about what happens to everyone around the person actually experiencing the scary stuff.
Surprisingly good low budget horror film funded through Kickstarter. For a budget of 70.000 dollars, it's highly impressive. There were a few good jump scares in it and the atmosphere was pretty creepy as well. I might also be the only one who liked the original score from Ryan David Leack. Don't miss Absentia! We all know what happened to Mike Flanagan after this. One of the few, great mainstream horror film directors out there.
Mike Flanagan, save us in these troubled times. B
On a technical aspect its budget is abundantly clear, but that doesn't stop Mike Flanagan from crafting an entertaining piece of genre cinema which displays a real creativity within its absorbing narrative. I'm not too certain its final act delivers on much of the palpable suspense Flanagan generates in the preceding hour, but this still a fascinating film.
Really solid, low budget horror. Much better than expected.
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