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…
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.
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.
"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.
Don't be put off - or on - by the poster, which suggests the film is a generic, lurid demonic-torture-slasher screamathon sorta thing. Absentia is, in fact, a slow-burning psychological horror that ponders what happens to all the people that go missing.
It makes excellent, optimal use of its Kickstarter shoestring budget with a patient build, an air of foreboding and subtly clever narrative twists. The main characters are two sisters; one still grieving for her missing husband, and who sees him in hallucinations, the other a wayward ex-junkie who has returned to reconnect with her sibling. That they both are unreliable narrators means that there's always a hazy line between reality and something more supernatural, and the film uses…
Recommended by Travis Lytle.
Tricia's husband disappeared 7 years ago and while expecting her first child she is going through the motions to have him declared legally dead - in Absentia. To help with the final legal hurdles and the delivery, Tricia's younger sister, a free spirit with a history of drug problems named Callie moves in.
But shortly after moving in Callie notices a nearby tunnel. A tunnel where strange things happen, and people go missing.
When watching Absentia you will recognize it as a low budget film. But in this case, the film doesn't suffer from the budget as much as the writing.
It's never quite clear what, how or more importantly WHY all these strange things happen.…
Filme de terror indie, que se perde numa narrativa um pouco confusa e sem foco.
Girato con una Canon 5D Mark II. Fotografia limpida da reflex e approccio sobrio e naturalistico. (Gli si perdona volentieri l'uso insistito e un po' didascalico del fuoco/fuori fuoco, tipico delle potenzialità della reflex a uso cinema). Cresce piano, con un'iniziale diffidenza per la storia e per alcuni espedienti, poi convince e avvince. Ottima recitazione (bravissime le ragazze) e narrazione appassionata.
Missing persons = insectoid payback?
Almost good. Mike Flanagan has a knack for building up tension and timing his jump scares for maximum effect. His best moments are when he fully embraces his budget limitations. Deciding not to show any of the creepy crawlies, he inadvertently reinforces his theme of how the mind creates excuses when confronted with the unknown. Not to mention that his two lead actresses are solid enough that they make the characters breathe and feel alive.
Otherwise, the absent budget is almost too distracting, making the whole thing look like a cheaply made student film with inferior direction. As good as Flanagan's scenes of build-up are, it's his "big" set-pieces that fail to deliver, even when he wisely chooses to not…
Katie Parker plays Callie, a recovering drug addict in town to visit her sister Tricia (Courtney Bell). Tricia’s husband has been missing for seven years at this point and she is ready to sign the document that would make him legally dead in absentia. Tricia is also pregnant and the father is Det. Mallory (Dave Levine) the officer investigating her husband’s disappearance. As the date approaches for the signing Tricia begins to see visions of Daniel (Morgan Peter Brown), her husband, and he doesn’t look too happy. It’s never made clear if these dreams and visions are part of what’s going on or are just part of the guilt Tricia is having about moving on with her life. Truth be…
Sometimes I like to take a chance, just buy a movie based on snippets of info gathered from online sources like Facebook or cover blurbs, without reading more than just the very basic core of the story. The story has to be interesting enough for me to do such a thing and Absentia has just that. The people that had seen the movie were mostly very positive so I decided to take the plunge. The feeling of really discovering a gem very much outweighs the fear of it sucking ass.
The main thing that attracted me to Absentia was the story, a tale of an unseen creature with slight Lovecraftian undertones that prowls a tunnel in an American city. A…
Pretty solid indie horror flick. Not scary by any means but a decent story nonetheless.
A film with a very modest crowd-sourced budget ($70K), and a cast of virtual unknowns, it gets a lot of bang for it's buck, mainly with fine performances, and involving and likeable characters. Themes of loss, grief, and guilt, are given a more sophisticated treatment than usually expected of a low-budget horror film. And expectations are one of the challenges for a film of this nature. The poster is not exactly what you get in the tin, and this may disappoint those expecting a high body count, and scares from "throwing a cat at the camera", to use Uncle Roger's phrase.
This suburban, supernatural horror tragedy with two decent leads manages to establish a creepy atmosphere and tries to distinguish itself from the herd, but in the end turns out to be nothing more than sudden ghostly appearances and crawling bugs.
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