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The Abandoned (2006)

Karel Roden  |  R |  DVD
3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)

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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: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (66 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OY9V9S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #123,623 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.

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35 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars The Real Deal 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
3.0 out of 5 stars Death never runs out of time... 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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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars will give you the willies July 30, 2007
By glen
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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
4.0 out of 5 stars Genuinely Creepy Despite Its Flaws 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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13 of 17 people found the following review helpful
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I don't know what exactly happened here? When the After Dark Horror Fest was announced I was incredibly excited, especially when it came to The Abandoned. Helmed by Spanish director Nacho Cerda(the mind behind the disturbing and beautifully shot short films Aftermath and Genesis) and featuring a script co-written by Richard Stanley(writer/director of overlooked horror classics Hardware and Dust Devil), The Abandoned should have been amazing but... The story follows a woman on the arrival back to her birth place in Russia, where she seeks out answers from her mysterious past, however; her mysterious past seems to be searching for her as well. I'm sure the script was written deliberately slow as it allows for Cerda to create some fantastic atmosphere by chewing up the creepy scenery with long ponderous shots that do plant the seed of dread to come, unfortunately though, the buildup is wasted with an ending that doesn't deliver on scares or answers for what's been happening for the last hour and fifteen minutes. The end result is the most upsetting film from the already overly disappointing After Dark horror fest, and it's far from the worst of the batch, but it had so much potential and promise that it stands out the most. The cinematography and atmosphere are both great but then... nothing really happens? With some decent payoffs (or even payoff)the movie could be awesome... maybe a directors cut with added footage? As is, The Abandoned feels like it was written as another Cerda short film but was stretched in an attempt to create a feature length movie and it drags plenty to support that thought. Nacho Cerda is still a director to keep an eye out for in the future, just hopefully not attached to another script like this. If you see this at your local video chain store and for even a moment think about renting or buying it, you'd be better off leaving it on the shelf... abandoned.
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1.0 out of 5 stars Ignore these reviews
I was stupid to trust the people who watched this and said it's great. It's not. It's slow and boring, and nothing even remotely scary happens through the whole thing. Read more
Published 2 months ago by Jess Hays
2.0 out of 5 stars THE WRITER ABANDONED THIS STORY
Abandoned has mood and atmosphere, but it doesn't have a good script and that ruins what could have been a creepy movie. Read more
Published 5 months ago by Ron
4.0 out of 5 stars get it and watch your self
I just like the film there is noyhing bad about its is what you learn when reading up on this type of movie
Published 8 months ago by 59bearschicago
1.0 out of 5 stars S-L-O-W,boring, horrible acting
What has happened to horror films? This one lasted way t-o-o long and could have been captured in 30 minutes on a TV series. Horrible acting... Read more
Published 11 months ago by PR GUY
4.0 out of 5 stars Pretty frightening
The first time I watched this, I had bad dreams and I'm pretty immune to horror films. It's such an odd movie with a twist at the end- very enjoyable.
Published 12 months ago by J. McCullough
3.0 out of 5 stars The Abandoned
There was some shock value in this movie but it wasn't enough to classify it as a horror movie. The storyline was slow & tedious. It was too drawn out for my taste. Read more
Published 22 months ago by DeniseJ Holder
5.0 out of 5 stars Palpable Dread and a Refreshing Change from the Formula
This review does not contain any spoilers.

As this film was released in 2006 (though not in US theaters until early 2007,) and since it has been available on DVD for... Read more
Published on March 3, 2012 by Revenge Rabbit
3.0 out of 5 stars has a few issues, but this creepy thriller set in Russia provides some...
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. Read more
Published on January 25, 2012 by trebe
4.0 out of 5 stars This is like the horror version of Inception - pretty good movie
Great acting, great script, & great effects. I would give it 5 stars, but I can't because of the few moments of blood/gore/zombie. It's mainly a great psychological horror flick. Read more
Published on April 28, 2011 by Kaleechi
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Ghost Story
this ha to be one of the best ghost stories i've seen in a long time. this movie is full of myestery, suspens and thrills. this is a great movie.
Published on March 10, 2011 by David
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