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Absentia (2011)

Katie Parker , Courtney Bell , Mike Flanagan  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)

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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.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.77:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Phase 4 Films
  • DVD Release Date: March 13, 2012
  • Run Time: 91 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (112 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006QWC2ZC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,122 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Editorial Reviews


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

Product Description

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.

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77 of 91 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars An eerie, intelligent, character-driven horror film January 14, 2012
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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51 of 64 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Don't be Fooled by the Cover Art! February 6, 2012
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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31 of 39 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle, Minimalist Horror. 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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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A slow burner that's well worth it February 12, 2012
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Dread Central have been hyping this film up for a while and when I saw it available from Amazon-On-Demand I decided to give it a shot. I don't mind low budget films as long as the acting is good and the story is solid. I was not disappointed in the least with this one. The slow build of the story and minimal effects were handled excellently and combined to make a very unique and pleasurable experience. Highly reccomended.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars YOU CAN SEE ME? June 11, 2012
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Callie (Katie Parker) and Tricia (Courtney Bell) are sisters. Callie is a former drug addict who has traveled quite a bit. She can spout off about "dark matter" and "tangential universes." Tricia's husband Daniel(Morgan Peter Brown) has been missing for seven years. She is having him declared dead in absentia. She is also pregnant (do the math) and odds on favorite the kid will be as bald as Detective Mallory (Dave Levine) the man investigating the case.

Callie comes to visit her sister as the fateful day of declaring Daniel dead has arrived. She will help her sister move on. Callie likes to jog and when she does, she passes under a tunnel located under the highway. As she does, odd things start to happen. Like a good horror/mystery/thriller it starts out slow and builds up.

There are a few negatives on this film, first and foremost was the soundtrack. It was second tier all the way, especially during those sad scenes which ran way too long. There were a number of times I thought Courtney Bell forgot what role she was playing. And the third thing was the boom mike visible in the upper right hand corner in a midway scene that involves Callie walking into the bathroom. While the actual image on the DVD cover did not appear in this feature it was thematically correct.

Since the DVD box didn't say anything more about the plot, I won't spoil it because it is worth a view. If you enjoy odd missing persons films, you might like, "Yellow Brick Road" which I though was superior to this story.

F-bombs, no sex or nudity.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A children's story come to brutal, terrifying life... October 31, 2013
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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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow
Don't be fooled by the cover showing a poor unfortunate being pulled to hell. Instead this is a complex horror/thriller about a foot underpass that may or may not be the doorway to... Read more
Published 3 days ago by Shawn N. Carson
5.0 out of 5 stars Never Going Through a City Tunnel Again
I used to run through these cement underpasses long time ago. I was always scared of some drug dealer or rapist. This is where the movie sets up my fear quotient perfectly. Read more
Published 1 month ago by McKenzie Devlin
4.0 out of 5 stars I honestly don't know....
I am a huge horror movie Fanatic and esp love the more eerie, atmospheric horror with good stories then the Gore Horror types! That is exactly what this movie is. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Dawnice Irsik
5.0 out of 5 stars Lovecraftian
This is an exceptional movie. It is mysterious, has a major Lovecraftian theme (I won't say what...don't want to spoil it) and contains some fine acting. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Duane R. Wirdel
4.0 out of 5 stars Absentia
This is a four -star movie and kept my attention and action was nice too. I plan to share
this movie with my friends, just so I can watch it again.
Published 6 months ago by Brenda Crockett
4.0 out of 5 stars Too little of a good thing
Pros: Suspenseful and well acted. Starts really strong. Special effects are pretty good. Cleverly uses the Hitchcockian model of letting an audience's imagination do the heavy... Read more
Published 7 months ago by Cha Lau
4.0 out of 5 stars "TRADE! TRADE! TRADE!"
First of all, and I should've checked to see if anyone else has already made this point, that cover art is extremely misleading. This isn't DRAG ME TO HELL. Read more
Published 8 months ago by W Mianecke
5.0 out of 5 stars Horror of a new kind!
I never really thought about a different dimension. One that is so close but yet so far. One that consumes you and then sends you back to real life only to take you back again or... Read more
Published 8 months ago by William Halvorson
4.0 out of 5 stars Wow!
I loved this little flick! Super slow,creepy,well acted and directed,great score and story,what a nice surprise! Had a little Lovecraftian feel to it too,not easy to do. Read more
Published 9 months ago by colin christian
4.0 out of 5 stars Underrated enjoyable horror
I really liked this movie. It starts out a bit slow, but you get to know and care about the characters. The film builds up a wonderful creepy mood. Read more
Published 9 months ago by Nocturne
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