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Tricia's husband 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, she comes to the realization that his presumed death might be anything but 'natural.' Soon it becomes clear that the ghostly force at work in the tunnel might have set its sights on Callie and Tricia too.


One hell of a horror film! --Fangoria

Tense & Unnerving. --Dread Central

...very creepy, non-formulaic and more grounded in relatable personalities than the usual horror film... --Variety

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  • Actors: Katie Parker, Courtney Bell, Dave Levine, Doug Jones
  • Directors: Mike Flanagan
  • Format: AC-3, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, NTSC, Surround Sound, Widescreen
  • Language: English, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Phase 4 Films
  • DVD Release Date: March 13, 2012
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (150 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006QWC2ZC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,413 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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89 of 105 people found the following review helpful By Tim Waggoner on January 14, 2012
Format: DVD
Seven years ago, a woman's husband goes missing. But just as she's finally ready to stop grieving and put the loss behind her, he reappears. He claims to have been trapped in some otherworldly realm for all this time, and the only explanation he has for his escape is, "It must have been sleeping."

Absentia is a wonderfully written and directed horror film. It falls squarely in the genre of quiet horror, where character, mood, and atmosphere all contribute to a sense of dread that builds throughout the film until it reaches its ultimate nightmarish payoff. In many ways, it reminded me of the fiction of Charles L. Grant and Ramsey Campbell, which -- as a horror writer myself -- is one of the highest compliments I can give. If you're looking for just another gore-fest, this isn't for you, but if you're looking for intelligent, original, truly unsettling horror, you have to check out this film. Definitely one of the best releases of 2011.
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57 of 73 people found the following review helpful By Pen Slinger on February 6, 2012
Format: DVD
Absentia is NOT the run-of-the-mill weekly horror release. The cover art on the box may make you think to bypass or rent this, but I urge anyone with a taste for creepy horror and H.P. Lovecraft to purchase this ASAP. I, along with so many lucky others, experienced this creepy, get-under-your-skin horror tale at a film festival and we were blown away. It's a great high concept story expertly translated with a minimal budget. The effects are terrifying at times while cast and crew deliver a nightmarish vision that may make you keep the lights on for weeks. I suggest blasting this through your audio system to get the full effect that will have you jumping out of your skin.
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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful By DanD VINE VOICE on October 31, 2013
Format: DVD
After seven years, Tricia (Courtney Bell) is finally having her husband Daniel (Morgan Peter Brown) declared legally dead "in absentia." To help her cope, her wayward sister Callie (Katie Parker) moves in. Callie starts going for jogs, passing through a tunnel near the women's house. Before long, Tricia's nightmares of guilt become a little too Callie has a few strange encounters of her own. Then events really take a turn for the macabre, and the sisters are forced to confront the nightmare that lurks so close to their evil force that is growing ever more hungry...

This isn't a creature feature. This isn't a ghost story. It's almost a fable, itself based on the childhood story "Three Billy Goats Gruff." It's a tale of growing tension and psychological terror, heightened some some fantastic camerawork and editing, and earthy, realistic acting by all characters involved. (Cops who act like real cops and not mindless morons! Who would've figured?) There's practically no gore, and yet ABSENTIA manages to be wholly and thoroughly unsettling...mainly because of what you don't see. And sorry, fans of gore and monsters and things that go visibly bump in the don't see a whole lot. ABSENTIA is subtle. It works itself under your skin and stays there. Writer/director Mike Flanagan is clearly a talent on the rise. ABSENTIA will never gain the popularity it deserves; just look at the cover art, which completely sells the film as something else. If you like smart horror films, that aren't afraid to let things slow down while the tension ratchets up another notch, then this is definitely a film you should check out.
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38 of 49 people found the following review helpful By HorrorTerry78 on February 13, 2012
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This is great, quiet, character-driven horror if you dig movies like "Session 9," "The Eclipse" or the work of directors like Kiyoshi Kurosawa. It is low budget, psychological rather than explicit, and a slow burn.

If you like movies with graphic gore, T&A, movies like "Saw" or "Hostel," or anything by Rob Zombie, you will almost certainly hate this movie. It requires an adult's attention span and an appreciation for character and subtlety. Highly recommended for discerning elevated-genre fans.
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I must say, this film surprised me in more ways than one. I skipped this film for years following its release labeling it “just another straight-to-DVD horror” that I’d “get around to” when I had time. I kept delaying. After all, if you look at the DVD cover art you wouldn’t think there was anything original behind that woman being dragged into the darkness. In the last couple years, however, I’ve been noticing mounting positive reviews of the film. So I finally caved in and decided to give it a shot when I saw it on Netflix.

At its start I feared my original concerns would come true. I recognized none of the actors and I could tell it had a low budget (which isn’t necessarily a bad thing). I just figured this would turn out to be some haunting story brought upon by some past misdeed of the main character, a pregnant woman whose husband has been missing for 7 years. But this was nothing of the sort.

The story begins very simply: Callie moves in with her sister Tricia when Tricia is forced to sign papers declaring her husband (who has been missing for 7 years) “dead in absentia.” However, instead of finding closure, Tricia’s inner conflict continues as she is apparently haunted by her husband’s tormented spirit.

The scares and imagery are rattling and the atmosphere is powerfully off-putting. But rather than being “loud” and scary, it’s quiet and eerie—think Session 9 (2001) and you’ll know what I mean. Not so surprising, I guess, after learning this was written and directed by Mike Flanagan, who later went on to helm Oculus (2014; which cameos the actors of this film).

Character-driven and nightmarish, our story advances as Callie begins to link several recent disappearances spanning 100 years (and that of Tricia’s husband) to a nearby tunnel.
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