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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.
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…
Its budget is plainly apparent in the performances, the costumes, the 2.5 locations, and the beige-y cut-rate digital cinematography. It's also smart, particularly about the relationship between the supernatural and hallucination. But what makes Flanagan's take on the fantastic original is that one option does not preclude the other. There are other possibilities besides a haunted tunnel, but they don't seem terribly convincing. There's not a whole lot of emphasis on perception, per se. So, yes, hallucinations could play into it, and, the film seems to think they probably do, but the bigger questions can't simply be explained by the familiar fantastic dichotomy. It's not one or the other. It's something inexplicable, for which the interdimensional alien centipede explanation seems slightly more likely than the more mundane versions. An awkward first step for one of the more interesting filmmakers working in horror. Kind of a test run for Oculus, a movie that deserved its festival rep and then some.
Absentia is Mike Flanagan (Oculus, Hush)'s directorial debut, a low-budget, slow-moving (not meant pejoratively, of course) crowdfunded film about the events which arise after a woman starts declaring her husband, missing for seven years, dead in absentia.
It's best to go into Absentia blind, as the film, while not exactly full of twists and turns, does unfold in a rather peculiar way. It is aided by the fact that it has characters that we always feel for, characters that feel well-defined, even when little time is spent in actual characterization.
Like many low-budget movies of this sort, Absentia has a lot of good ideas, but the execution of those ideas does, sadly, leave a bit to be desired (the few…
top-notch horror. Just perfect in every way.
Okay, loved the FX in this and the story is unique. The atmosphere was a brooding one and full of dread.
The elements that stopped this being great were plot holes that were many. The comical cop actor and the film kept changing it's own rules.
Was okay, but could have been great.
From the get go this film had a very ominous tone, and I quickly realised that it wasn't going to be a typical horror if you can call it that. I so enjoyed seeing a cast of people who didn't look like shiny polished glamour pusses, it was refreshing and I think made me care for them more. I really loved this film and I didn't think I would ever find a tunnel so creepy, it was a character in itself and every time it appeared I got very nervous. I don't want to say too much about this film, but what I will say is that I actually liked the ending yay!! The one thing that let this film…
There may be monsters but the real horror explored here is the horror of the open-ended mystery, the horror of having no answers when a loved one suddenly vanishes into thin air. Very unsettling.
This movie was better the first time I saw it. This is my second viewing. The sub-par acting and direction are too much to bear the time around.
'Absentia' is pretty much the kind of horror movie. It's original, it's fun, it's scary, it's deep, it's just really darn cool and that's the mark of a wonderful horror movie.
For being low budget,this was a great movie. 👻
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