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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.
"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.
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.
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…
An under-rated indie horror gem that falls somewhere between art and commercial main stream, Absentia is a rare effective horror film that does manage to keep you on your toes and consternated for its entire running length. Even though the plot is not unique, narration is told in an assured sense of confidence from the debut film-maker, Mike Flanagan, who displays his craftsmanship with genuine understanding of tangibly creating discomfort and anxiety for a horror genre. He even takes a risk of teasing the audience with the graphic content of mysterious other dimensional creature that lasts not more than a few seconds in flashes in the entire film, yes you heard me. Even in the final showdown, you don't get…
Surprisingly, this is an excellent film. No jump scares, minimal background score, slow burner. People might dislike the film for its third act, which I absolutely loved.
I'm 0 for 2 with Mike Flanagan. I really didn't like Hush and this movie wasn't terrible but it was so annoying. Primarily the mind numbing music that lingers in every scene. This just seemed like it could be a really good horror film but it was sort of beaten down by a director with amateur instincts. There are some great scary moments here and the performances are so natural but it feels like a really long student film
Didn't know anything going in. I enjoyed it. Wasn't very scary. It was like a horror movie on the Oprah Network, heavy on the emotions and situation, light on the scares. I was really interested in the characters and their relationships, they were very well written and acted. The ending was unsatisfying and just felt wrong for the story. It needed something else. I fucking hate tunnels too, by the way.
im still hopeful for ouija origin of evil
The film intriguingly focuses on the harrowing devastation and unresolvable doubts missing loved ones leave behind, and incorporates the theme into a story that mixes horror and drama, without deliberately ever revealing too much. The synopsis and themes of the film should indicate a great entry into a genre that screams for original approaches, but sadly, although Absentia does some things to that regard, it is let down rather significantly by the monotonous, self-indulgent pacing director Mike Flanagan gives the piece, and lacklustre production values and performances. The result is a conflictive mix of admiration and boredom.
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,…
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