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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..
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…
Low budget horror film that will stick in my mind for a while and for very good reasons!
This review may contain spoilers. I can handle the truth.
It's a movie that looks pretty damn good for something funded by Kickstarter, and a lot of thought and energy was put into creating the two central characters. (I was particularly pleased that they were blessed with spiritual needs and religious practices that were taken fairly seriously and that they even got to talk about with each other. That's amazing.) There's a scary tunnel (very well exploited) and a scary monster (less well exploited, probably due to the lack of a monster-making budget), but ultimately this is a movie with a whole lot of sizzle and very little steak. It was hard for me to accept that these two badass sisters were never going to…
Vale conferir. Apesar de um trabalho de direção ainda bastante inferior aos seguintes do diretor, há boas ideias suficientes para uma sessão.
This was pretty good
I thought it was kinda slow, but I really liked the idea.
Although it does have its tense moments, this low-budget movie is not only marred by poor narrative choices and a lame cinematography but also leaves a lot unanswered and so many elements underdeveloped, with a frustrating ending that tries too hard to be profound.
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Decent enough concept for a horror film that doesn't go far enough to be very interesting in either its horror or human elements. Performances aren't bad but the film itself feels mostly stagnant. This movie is definitely a director's first film that doesn't realize it's potential.
This movie is riddled with flaws. There's the the weird droning music that plays throughout and the amount of time it takes to really get to the good portions of the story. I feels like this would have been better as a short film (or just plain shorter in general) because there is definitely a good horror movie here somewhere.
the scary bits without loud noises scared me and then made me so damn happy bc really fuck loud noises.
Step One: Go to www.random.org.
Found these lists (twelve total which I've compiled) a couple years back and they slowly became my bible for weird…