Friends often ask me to recommend indie horror films on Netflix Instant. (American Netflix, sorry!) Now I can just send…
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,…
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.
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.
"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…
Acabo Absentia amb el pensament que a tot plegat li falten un parell de voltes més. La història és interessant, l'exposició intensa i elegant, però aquest inici excessivament melodramàtic i sobretot un muntatge fora de tot sentit estètic l'allunyen de convertir-se en una sorpresa. Amb tot, correcte, més pel què s'intueix que pel què acaba resultant.
You need to make a missing persons report.
The acting and lighting throughout leave a lot to be desired, but Flanagan's strong grasp of character and theme elevates this film far above the typical no-budget straight-to-Netflix horror entry. And for a first film, funding via Kickstarter no less, Flanagan emerges far more developed as a filmmaker than many of his "mumblegore" contemporaries.
Also, re: Flanagan having the rights to Stephen King's Gerald's Game - GIVE THIS MAN ALL OF THE STEPHEN KING ADAPTATIONS. The massive leap in craftsmanship from this to Oculus should assuage any concerns about his technical skills. This is the PERFECT GUY to be adapting Stephen King for the screen.
And hey! Doug Jones!
La anterior película del director de Oculus no solo mantiene el pulso firme después de los primeros aldabonazos, sino que lo hace trazando un crescendo que se prolonga prácticamente hasta el final. Una de las mejores muestras de terror no sanguinolento que he tenido ocasión de ver en los últimos años.
A relatively low budget horror film, that does a good job of mixing mythology with cosmic horror. Some horrific ideas, good direction, and creative use of camera shots make for an entertaining ride.
A disturbing atmosphere lingers in the air but it's very amateur.
A solid low-budget creature-feature about mysterious disappearances in a neighbourhood. This is a great little find, atmospheric and without an over reliance on jump scares this film tells a suitably scary tale of a woman who's husband went missing 7 years ago and the details surrounding his disappearance. This has quite a good urban legend / folk horror vibe to it and does a good job of building up the suspense around the history surrounding a local tunnel and it's occupant. The characters were quite believable and I felt this avoiding most of the usual tropes of the horror genre. Liked it.
Absentia is an ambitious movie weighed down by the weight of its micro budget.
And it's probably all the better for it.
This is a subtle horror that thrives on the convictions of its two lead performances. Katie Parker, Courtney Bell, and indeed director Mike Flanagan handle the subtle writing beautifully. It's Flanagan's defiantly indie direction style that gives the brittle narrative it's twists and turns, making Absentia intense in its ambiguity.
This is without a doubt an Indie Horror belter.
This review reportedly contains spoilers. I can handle the truth.
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