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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. Mallory
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Det. Lonergan
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Daniel
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Jamie Lambert
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Walter Lambert
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Psychiatrist
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Ruth
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Mitch
Mark Dumonski ...
Dr. Carpenter
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Uniformed Officer
Jonathan Fisher ...
Uniformed Officer
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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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Mike Flanagan wrote the first draft of the screenplay in two sittings. See more »

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What a pleasant surprise
12 April 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This movie is a real gem, and woefully underrated. Detractors are a very loud minority, and I can only assume that the film's misleading and unfortunate cover art has mobilized a loud and angry group of viewers who feel cheated by the reality of what the film is. They've been cheated out of the explicit, exploitative B-horror film the art sells, and instead are given a thoughtful, meditative, quiet, slow-burn of a supernatural drama that is an inspiring example of no-budget, independent filmmaking that seems entirely wasted on some viewers.

It is a shame, and the film's rating on this site is not an accurate representation of its quality. Not by far.

I'm glad I researched the film before I watched it, as the critical reviews are just about unanimously glowing and help create appropriate expectations, but frankly I wouldn't have picked it up at all were it not for the powerfully persuasive word-of-mouth from reputable critics and the very long list of film festival awards and acceptances. I never would have picked it up based on the covert art, and imagine the type of viewer that would will certainly have a hard time.

The story is simple and understated - a young woman is coming to terms with finally declaring her missing husband dead. She's pregnant, so has clearly begun to try to move on, but still is haunted both by his memory, and by increasingly disturbing visions of her husband that also intrude into her waking hours. Her younger sister comes to stay with her, and notices something strange about a pedestrian foot tunnel nearby.

I won't ruin the rest. The acting is unreasonably good for a cast of complete unknowns. The production values are exceptional, especially if you realize that the filmmaker had no equipment, no lights, and no crew to work with. People have complained about the music, but I found it entrancing. And no, YOU DO NOT SEE THE MONSTER. I have read reviews where people screamed this fact in frustration, but it is what sets this film apart.

This is a mature, gorgeously crafted indie film that reminds of movies like SESSION 9 or RETRIBUTION. It is not explicit, it is gore-less, there is no nudity, it features realistic body types, and it relies on dialog and silence to tell its simple, contained story. It is a film festival movie. It is, at its heart, a quiet drama. If that appeals to you, you will LOVE this gem. If not, you will find yourself frustrated. I understand how that frustration can lead to negative reviews, but those reviews are not a fair representation of the quality of this film. That they're SO angry, so violently abusive to this film, well ... that further demonstrates the type of person that this film is NOT for.

Highest recommendation.


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