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The Abandoned [DVD]

3.5 out of 5 stars 85 customer reviews

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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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Product Details

  • 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:
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  • Studio: Lions Gate
  • DVD Release Date: June 19, 2007
  • Run Time: 98 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (85 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000OY9V9S
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #74,386 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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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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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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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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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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Abandoned has mood and atmosphere, but it doesn't have a good script and that ruins what could have been a creepy movie. There times when the pacing grinds to a crawl and you'll want to fast forward through them, but let it ride. The acting and especially the direction is good for this genre. The other thing I had issues with was the green tint/hue they used for color treatment that didn't pan out for me and the overall image quality was not as good as I would have liked to view.
The story just doesn't convey how a ghost was able to pull off what he did. We are shown his methodology, but not how was it possible that I had problems with. I'm not going to give away the nuts and bolts of his tactics to express why this didn't work for me so I won't be a spoil sport for those who haven't watched this movie.
The story does have some violence including bodly harm and animal attacks including some pretty graphic bloody gore. The use of offensive language is held to a minimum and it does include a few scenes of full frontal female nudity.
The movie is on the border between a 2.7 and a 3 star rating. It wasn't a waste of time, but it does drag and again, the story is weak.
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The After Dark Horrorfest continues to pump out the screams with this one. DeadCentral.com says this is "Creepy and genuinely scary and...original". Fangoria.com says this is "A rare modern horror film that is genuinely smart and genuinely scary". An American woman inherits a home in Russia from her family. She was born in this home in a Russian forest. The building has been abandoned for decades. When she gets there, she meets a man claiming to be her brother and they soon find that the home has been abandoned by human beings but not by what is still there. Combine Final Destination with The Amityville Horror and you have it. THE SPOOKIEST LOCATION/HOUSE/FOREST I HAVE EVER SEEN.
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