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A woman and her sister begin to link a mysterious tunnel to a series of disappearances, including that of her own husband.

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Callie
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Tricia
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Det. Ryan Mallory
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Daniel Riley
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Det. Lonergan
James Flanagan ...
Jamie Lambert
Scott Graham ...
Dr. Elliott
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Walter Lambert
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Mitch
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Ruth
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Police Officer
Mark Dumonski ...
Dr. Carpenter
Brandon Valley Jones ...
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Joseph Mendoza ...
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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 Mike Flanagan

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There are fates worse than death.

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Rated R for language and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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11 April 2013 (Argentina)  »

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$70,000 (estimated)
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The mirror hanging on the wall when Tricia (Courtney Bell) is talking to her psychiatrist (Scott Graham) is the mirror from Mike Flanagan's short film Oculus: Chapter 3 - The Man with the Plan (2006) - also starring Scott Graham. See more »

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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 »

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Callie: I'm gonna shower. I smell like an armpit's asshole.
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Deeply Unsettling!
15 January 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This somber yet deeply unsettling film managed to give me the willies even in the less-than-ideal Horrorhound Weekend screening.

Not soon after a pregnant woman (Katie Parker) declares her missing husband (Morgan Peter Brown) legally dead, she begins to having terrifying visions that hint that maybe she spoke too quickly. Writer/director Flanagan pulls off an incredible feat with this film. He manages to reinvent the ghost story, then takes it to an unexpected, even creepier place.

Don't be fooled by the show-burn pacing, because the almost-suffocating tension had me squirming in my seat, forgetting to breathe.

It's been almost a year since I've seen ABSENTIA. What haunts me most is not the disturbing visuals or even the deeply unsettling story line. It's the mood. When I simply think about the title, I hear in my head its stark, two-note funeral organ score and my chest wells up with emotions not usually incurred by watching a horror movie: grief, loss and perhaps the most terrifying of all…the dread of inevitability.

Toss in a pitch perfect cast, including a heart-wrenching cameo from the always delicious Doug Jones, and BOOM! You've got my favorite horror movie of 2011.


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