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  • Actors: Karel Roden
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: R (Restricted)
  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2007
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (74 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OY9V9S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #48,222 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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An American woman searching for her birth parents learns she has inherited a house in the middle of a forest in a remote area of Russia. It is the house where she was born. Abandoned and uninhabited for 40 years, it stands in total disrepair and neglect. What she finds is more than an old house. She meets a mysterious man claiming to be her twin brother and together they find the house holds dangerous secrets to a past they don't even remember. They are forced to relive a series of horrifying events and shocking murders that occurred just after they were born, and in the place where they were supposed to die.

Customer Reviews

Great acting, great script, & great effects.
JinTX
A woman comes to Russia to investigate a property she has inherited in The Abandoned (2006), one of the films in the first After Dark Horrorfest.
trebe
Things aren't perfect though like some times the film seems a little less interesting if that is believable because this is actually good.
fmwaalex

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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful By Mangy Fox on June 25, 2007
Format: DVD
I didn't know what to expect when I put in the Abandoned. 2 other movies from the horrorfest that I'd watched were good, but not great. Also the older protagonists were a welcome change from the usual teenage/early 20's players that are the formula these days.
The setting is the creepiest house you've ever seen. I was scared as soon as the main character arrives on the grounds of the old family house she has inherited. This was one of the few movies that actually had me hiding under the covers as I watched.
The story was unsettling, the direction and cinematography were excellent. I loved it.
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Staci L. Wilson on June 12, 2007
Format: DVD
Abandoned reminded me quite a bit of an Asian film called The Echo (aka, Sigaw) -- and a few others; it's nothing new in the genre, but aside from a severely sagging midsection, the horror and suspense aspects are far from, er, abandoned by first-time director Nacho Cerdà. This is no doubt a low-budget film with a lot of spoken supposition, running and hiding; however, when the creatures are shown, they don't disappoint. The makeup is well-done, and special effects are wisely kept to a bare minimum.

The gloomy, yet sharply rendered imagery from cinematographer Xavi Gimenezs (The Machinist) adds to grim terror experienced by our protagonists, as does the jangling dissonance of the original score by Alfons Conde.

While I will admit I was pretty bored during the middle of the movie (I don't mind when things get talky, but nothing new was added to the suspense via the dialogue), it rallies in the end and has a satisfying, fittingly unsettling conclusion.

Staci Layne Wilson
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By glen on July 30, 2007
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Relentlessly creepy, albeit long and slow on tempo, The Abandoned streams in the viewer into unexpected trippy parallel worlds and freighting doppelganger ghosts. If you notice the reviews are mostly positive, with a few negative which seem either to have short attention spans thus bored by the slowness, or they are expecting a different movie. (the advertisement led me to believe, I would be seeing some sort of spooky, decaying doll-- one reviewer states)

So these facts tell you that this movie will put you off guard which is one mark of a great film. I was at times saying WTF (in a good way) trying to figure out the mystery. When the reveal happens its outright acid flash back. The Abandoned is more conceptual than anything so of coarse there are a few whom won't get it and there are some unbelieveable parts but I suggest go with it you will have more fun. If you believe in the concept this movie works on all levels. Few films are perfect and when you rent this realize your RENTING a movie and not bought stock in the company thus having unrealistic expectations. I personally will buy this, a movie I feel is a modern horror masterpiece.

As for as the 8 Movies To Die for series, I have seen Dark Ride (which was Ok), Penny Dreadful (amazingly dreadful but somehow entertaining) and The Abandoned which is so much more superior than those movies its no question.

Overall 5 high stars, with a recommendation to buy. When watching, turn the lights off, turn your speakers up and hunker down and fall into this creepy world
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By CrimsonJayne on September 11, 2007
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I don't expect that most people will like this movie. Its a low budget film, distributed in America at a little known horrorfest, with little sex and even less testosterone. What it does have however is ATMOSPHERE. This movie is creepy...really creepy. And it remains that way through the entire film. Sure, its a slow build and the gore doesn't always prevail (although the scenes that are gory are disturbingly so), but for a low budget-little know film...its pretty damn good. Watch it in the dark on a stormy night and you won't be disappointed.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Raul Duke on February 11, 2008
Format: DVD
When two long lost siblings, clueless about their past are drawn to an old house, bad things are bound to happen.

as they spend time in the house, things slowly escalate out of control. as time goes on you learn more and more about that house, which was the house they were born in. the house they were supposed to die in.

sort of "Final Destinationish" in theory. this movie is a tale of fate and death. as time goes on you learn about their parents, and how their father tried to kill them.

outside of what i already said there really isnt much to say. theres a very good, creepy atmosphere abound through most of the movie. this one probably has the best effects of any in the set with some very good gore, as brief as it was. a paper thin story was the only thing holding this one back.
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9 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Tony Q. Nguyen on February 23, 2007
This is a really creepy hardcore ghost story movie. Forget about the Amityville Horror because this is scary and creepy. Forget about all the PG-13 [...] ghost movies like the Grudge, Boogeyman, the Messengers, The Ring, etc. This movie is really creepy. This is a foreign film. This is a Russian foreign film but produced by Spanish people. Don worry there is no subtitles. This movie has Russian actors but they speak English so this movie isn't dubbed either. This movie is about a lady who wants to find her real parents, she's adopted. She was born in Russia but raised in England but now lives in America. She flys to Russia to visit her parents estate which is in the deep mountain wilderness of Russia. She finds out that her real Russian parents were murdered at the farm. A trucker drops her off at the farmland and thats when everything becomes scary. She meets another Russian guy who is there for the same reasons. He also just found out his real parents lived at the farm and were murdered. They start seeing dead ghosts of themselves. The house, farmland, and the deep woods in this movie are really frighthening no fake looking CGI background here. And the ghosts are really scary looking. No fake corny looking CGI ghosts here. There's a lot of twists and turns in this movie but this movie is kinda slow like roaming from room to room and checking the basement sort of thing. I was really impressed with this movie because i thought this was going to be another teeny bopper PG-13 ghost movie. This movie is rated R. I was going to see it the 2nd time but there was no one in the theatre so i chickened out. That's how creepy it was. Go see it especially with your wife or girlfriend because they will be creeped out.
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