The timely story of a normal family disintegrating under financial pressure, eventually driven to the unimaginable. We witness the terrifying events unfold through daughter Judith's video camera, which subsequently becomes Exhibit A.
In this action comedy, Jack Goldwater, an IRS agent on loan to the Federal Air Marshal Service, is relieved of field duty after insulting a powerful U.S. Senator, and finds himself exiled ... See full summary »
J. Neil Schulman
Tricia's husband Daniel 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, it becomes clear that Daniel's presumed death might be anything but 'natural.' The ancient force at work in the tunnel might have set its sights on Callie and Tricia ... and Daniel might be suffering a fate far worse than death in its grasp. Written by
(at around 36 mins) When Tricia and Callie go looking at apartments around the midpoint of the film, the first empty apartment they visit was actually the very apartment that director Mike Flanagan lived in (with four other people) when he moved to Los Angeles in 2003. It was a complete coincidence; the unit just happened to be vacant, and Flanagan had no idea they'd be filming there until they arrived on location that morning. See more »
(at around 18 mins) When Callie is introduced to the detective Mallory before she excuses herself to go shower she says "nice to meet," clearly forgetting the "you" at the end of the sentence. See more »
Tricia, every culture in the history of our species has had mythology about creatures that spirit people away, that take them into some unreal underworld, enslave them, brutalize them...
...easier to embrace a nightmare than accept how stupid, how simple reality is some times...
The Scandinavian Vinder-folk Troll legends, the Egyptian insect demons, the Banshee, the Wendigo, there's a common thread to all of this...! They're just... finding... 'kay. Dark Matter. Tangential dimensions. If ...
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Do Not be absent for this great horror flick: ABSENTIA
Last night, with not much fare on cable, I decided to watch Absentia. A recent horror film by Mike Flanagan.
First off let me start by saying that horror is my favorite genre. Not your "slasher" flicks though but well crafted Gothic horror like Robert Wise's original THE HAUNTING.
Creepy atmospheric films that get you thinking and make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up.
You can read the synopsis here on IMDb, so I won't go into that. As far as reviews go, Variety couldn't have said it any better! (http://www.variety.com/review/VE1117945387/)
The low budget only proves that a cool story, some nice direction, well paced editing and a more than capable cast don't need to come from a big Hollywood studio and they rarely do these days!
At times the scares are so subtle (ala the cult classic B film, "Let's Scare Jessica to Death") you won't believe your own eyes. Is Daniel really there or a figment of his wife's (played brilliantly I might add by Courtney Bell) imagination?.
The real standout here though is Mike Flanagan, the writer/director.
I await his next project with great anticipation! 8 out of 10 stars!
PS-Notice some of the character references to some horror director icons. Carpenter, Del Toro, Romero... :)
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