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  • Actors: Erin Way, Eric Matheny, Ryan Smale, Stephanie Scholz
  • Directors: Jimmy Loweree
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Blu-ray, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region A/1 (Read more about DVD/Blu-ray formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Flatiron Film Company
  • DVD Release Date: August 6, 2013
  • Run Time: 90 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (18 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B00BY8D99G
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #285,818 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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About the Actor

Erin Way (Liz) has worked alongside artists like Mark Ruffalo, Bryce Dallas Howard, Ron Howard and Joe Dante. She played Kat on the SyFy Channel series Alphas, and is a former ballet dancer. Way began acting in high school where she was home-schooled with her five siblings. She currently lives in Los Angeles.

Eric Matheny (Rick) is an actor, screenwriter and co-founder of The Acting Center of Los Angeles. Matheny's breadth of work advanced when he was cast opposite Leonardo DiCaprio as the personal physician to J. Edgar Hoover in Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar (2011). Matheny was also cast in John D. Schofield's feature, Freedom for Joe (2013). He lives with his wife Lissa in Studio City.

Ryan Smale (Evan) was born in Vancouver, British Columbia. He made his film debut in Damage at the age of 20 and is co-founder of Mischievious Studios. Smale received career advice from his mother, who worked in craft services for the film industry. She was able to consult with experts in the field and pass that knowledge on to her son. Smale lives in Hollywood with his wife, Trista.

Stephanie Scholz (Megan) was born and raised in Hollywood, California. She began acting at the age of nine and graduated from Lewis Carroll Academy of the Arts. Scholz worked with Loweree and Moreno in their first short film, Climbing Mt. Evelyn. Absence is Scholz first feature film.

Product Description

Expectant mother Liz wakes to find her nearly-to-term pregnancy has disappeared overnight. When doctors find no medical explanation for the loss, police treat Liz and her husband Rick as prime suspects in what has now become a missing child case. Only Rick and Liz s brother Evan trust her version of events.

As word spreads, the young couple is subjected to the unwanted attention of the police and prying neighbors. Evan feels for his sister and, as a film student, begins documenting her story, starting with a vacation to the mountains to relieve some of her grief.

But as Evan continues documenting their vacation, unusual patterns arise. Evan and Rick are horrified when Liz's condition visibly declines and when the trip spins out of control they realize that whatever happened with Liz and her baby isn t over. None of them are safe.

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Director s Commentary; Making-of Featurette; Trailer

Customer Reviews

The only excitement was literally in the last 30 seconds of the movie.
nancylovescoffee
Found footage works just fine as the gimmick, but, in the end, it's characters that make them work.
E. Lee Zimmerman
Movie doesn't really tackle anything to do with aliens or anything else until nearly the end.
Tia M

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Format: Blu-ray
Utilizing the increasingly popular "found footage" genre that combines elements of the thriller into a faux documentary presentation, "Absence" takes a rather slight story and serves up exactly what you might expect. I suspect that some may absolutely loathe "Absence," and I can understand their frustration. People anticipating a full-on horror show based on how the movie is portrayed in its own marketing material and description will likely be disappointed. There is some creepiness, but this presentation doesn't show you much of anything that will actually scare you. For most of its running time, it is a veritable home movie chronicling the vacation of its three central characters. I actually found the trio passably entertaining, so I didn't mind hanging out with them. But if you're looking for more in-your-face chills, this stays relatively uneventful until its final moments. The action picks up for the conclusion, but it lacked any real element of surprise. It's reasonably well made and the actors are appealing enough. It just lacks impact from a plotting standpoint. You've seen it all before and oftentimes better.

The movie starts with an intriguing premise. A young mother-to-be (Erin Way) awakens one day to discover that she is no longer with child despite having been seven months pregnant. This tease is presented quickly and the movie fast forwards as the woman, her husband (Eric Matheny) and her brother (Ryan Smale) are embarking on a get-away to escape the scrutiny, skepticism, and accusations of the local town people and the authorities. Attempting to keep things light, Smale is filming everything for a school project (a rather thin premise, to be sure, as it requires him to have the camera even at the most harrowing and inopportune moments).
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Ryan on September 23, 2013
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This movie was surprisingly good. My finance and I both agreed why can't there be more horror movies like this instead of the same, typical run of the mill ones that are present today. This is why I choose Amazon to find this unknown "gems" instead of On-Demand.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Grelber37 on August 13, 2013
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Absence is a suspense release that uses the found-footage technique. I give it a mild recommendation for its target audience. A woman is seven-months pregnant; then, her child suddenly disappears from her womb. Then, her family and she disappear into the woods for a vacation after this traumatic event. Much like the Blair Witch Project, viewers see the actors much, much, much more than they see any creatures or special effects in the movie. Much like in Paranormal Activity, scary events happen mostly subtly and on a small-scale. Many found-footage movies have followed this cast-centric approach recently. Perhaps, they do so for budgetary reasons. Absence is the best film of this type that Absence can be. The performances are strong. These actors can act. I was actually very impressed with the main three cast members. The dialogue is witty and realistic. If one seeks good found-footage, Absence exemplifies well-done limited-budget found-footage.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By nancylovescoffee on April 17, 2014
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If I could give it zero stars I would. Most boring movie I have ever seen- kept hoping it would get better, but it did not. The only excitement was literally in the last 30 seconds of the movie.
What a snooze fest, should absolutely not be called a horror movie.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Lavinia on September 22, 2013
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I enjoyed this . . . At first you may think you are watching some kind of mystery but then weird things happen. Erin Way as Liz is especially good, good at crying. Her brother is somewhat obnoxious but at least he has an explanation for it. I don't do spoilers per se, and you have most likely read the synopsis -- I am just here to tell you whether I liked the movie or not - and I liked this one. I am a sucker for found footage and this is one of the better ones. Some creepy parts, some jumps, decent all-around acting. . . . Yes, I recommend.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By D. P. Donoughe on September 10, 2013
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While I'll always have a soft spot in my heart for Alien Abduction: Incident In Lake County, and The Wicksborro Incident did very impressive things with a very low budget, objectively speaking Absence is the best alien-themed found footage movie yet. The acting and story are interesting and enjoyable, the SFX are very effective and believable, and like every good found footage movie, it waits for the right moment to let hell break loose. It definitely creeped me the hell out. Fourth Kind may have had higher production values but it was bogged down by ridiculous gimmicks, and Area 51 Confidential lacked any kind of payoff for the audience what-so-ever. Absence succeeds were most of its predecessors failed. Granted, it didn't have a whole lot to compete against, but it's the best of its ilk yet. I'm really glad this movie exists because I've been waiting for something like it for a long time, and there have been so many near misses. Absence is the real deal.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Josh on August 27, 2013
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I am a big horror fan, and like any horror fan, you start to get used to the rhythm of horror movies. Start with a big scare not necessarily including the main characters, introduce the leads, have lesser characters die off, big scare ending. This movie was going for something a little different. As opposed to a lot of horror movies where the drama and comedy seem like after thoughts, in Absence they were almost more the meat of the movie. Don't get me wrong, there are some really creepy moments, and the finale is satisfyingly nuts, but what I liked most was how much I found myself caring about the characters. The actress playing Liz especially is excellent and delivers some very emotionally powerful stuff. And her brother Evan had me laughing out loud and was way more genuinely funny than a lot of the cheesy humor in a lot of horror movies. When Absence was working best, it felt a lot like hanging out with friends who you really cared about. If I had one complaint, I thought it could have maybe cut back a little bit on the "this-is-found-footage-so-here-is-a-boring-shot-of-the-kitchen" type moments, but it was not too bad at all with those and certainly better than some other found footage type movies I have seen. All in all, keep an open mind about this movie as a "genre film" and you will be pleasantly surprised.
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