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Absentia

3.9 out of 5 stars 153 customer reviews

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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.

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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 (153 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B006QWC2ZC
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,604 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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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 realistic...as 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 home...an 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 night...you 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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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. The heroine, whose name is Callie is not obnoxious as some people feel, but is visiting her sister for some pretty altruistic reasons. Her sister is pregnant and her husband has been missing seven years. The plot centers around the fact that she is in the process of having him declared legally dead and guess what? He returns with no memory of where he's been and with obvious evidence of physical abuse. In the end Callie makes the supreme altruistic gesture to save her sister from a sinister entity. Does she succeed? Watch the film. It's a brilliant indie.
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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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The premise is fairly simple. A wife, Tricia, who has been in search of her MIA husband for seven years finally decides to move on and file a report pretty much declaring her husband as dead...the legalese being 'in absentia'. She's also pregnant (the father being the detective who was put on the case to find her missing husband), which is another reason she's trying to move on by finally closing one chapter of her past. However, after the arrival of her sister, Callie, as support for the process, the MIA husband mysteriously re-appears with no answers as to where he's been, only that 'it's after him'. Callie begins to realize that there is a strange connection between the tunnel that exists in the area, and several encounters near it and her brother-in-law's fearful reference to the tunnel.

While Absentia isn't a perfect horror movie or completely original, it's a solid, insinuating, creepy, semi-supernatural and subtle B-type movie. Just keep an open mind. Is it slow? Yes. Is the plot asking a lot from you? Sure. Do you have to fill in a few things yourself? Yes. Does it explain anything? No but I didn't mind. Explanations/revelations can sometimes make the movie lame and hackneyed but this movie doesn't really answer anything at all but I almost--almost--don't mind because there were other parts that did enough for me. Absentia doesn't have any gore or violence, just eerie music, a sepia-like color to the picture and some very good special effects for a low-budget indie flick and even a few places to make you jump. It's got some tight suspenseful scenes I appreciated and I thought the acting was pretty good. You don't really get too personal with the characters despite it being a mostly character-driven film. There isn't a lot of dialogue, so you have to watch the actors and what's going on AROUND them, which means paying attention closely. I wouldn't have minded it being longer, delve a little bit deeper but overall, it wasn't bad.
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