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Absentia (2011)

Katie Parker , Courtney Bell , Mike Flanagan  |  R |  DVD
3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (123 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 (123 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006QWC2ZC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #36,450 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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80 of 94 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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13 of 15 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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31 of 40 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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5 of 5 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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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars a fine piece of Horror December 10, 2012
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It never seizes to amaze me how small independent films on a shoestring budget can create much more tension and more atmosphere than many multi-million dollar Hollywood flicks...and this film is a good example. A very realisitic human drama at it's core, this movie offers a different explanation why and how many people disappear (and sometimes reappear) around the world on a daily basis. A tunnel and something living beneath it's walls seem to have something to do with it, now that triggers the imagination! The filmmakers seem to have remembered an often neglected truth: it's what you don't see that can scare the hell out of you.. and it's the things that remain unexplained that will stay on your mind long after the credits have rolled. Definitely recommended
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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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Most Recent Customer Reviews
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Confusing a little at the time as you watch the movie, definitely worth the ending!
Published 5 days ago by Jodi Allen
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Published 14 days ago by John Green
3.0 out of 5 stars A little boring but very unsettling and disturbing
While not much happens in the movie, "Absentia" is genuinely creepy and memorable. The film is somewhat left to the viewer's interpretation which leads to lots of questions and few... Read more
Published 20 days ago by Sam Gianfala
5.0 out of 5 stars Silverfish ! !
Very well done film. It has become one of my favorite movies. I love the atmosphere the tension is palpable and very well acted. Read more
Published 1 month ago by Dana C. Harris II
5.0 out of 5 stars Absentia
This is a very tense and creepy film. A woman's husband has been missing for several years. Her younger sister comes to visit her right before he is declared legally dead. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Mark J. House
3.0 out of 5 stars Not bad but not great either
For the horror, it has a Stephen King-esque element to it but it seemed a little too slow-paced overall. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Rick H
5.0 out of 5 stars If you liked Oculus this is for you!!
What an awesome movie. Mike Flanagan did such a good job with Oculus that I had to see this movie. It shipped quick and simple and was in excellent condition. Read more
Published 3 months ago by Brandon Coupland
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
okay but not that scary . . .
Published 3 months ago by MsMouse
5.0 out of 5 stars A creepy little infestation submitted for your approval
One of the creepiest little gems to come out of the Indy world in quite sometime. Not your typical slasher and gore type horror but rather a psychological thriller that will have... Read more
Published 3 months ago by Robert S. Cook
4.0 out of 5 stars For the Horror Fan Who Doesn't Need to be Spoon Fed
To think that this movie was filmed in just fifteen days, and on a small budget .... well, it really had the look and feel of a professional studio production. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Baron Sardonicus
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