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Absentia (2011)

R  |   |  Drama, Horror, Mystery  |  11 April 2013 (Argentina)
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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 (as Katie Parker)
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Tricia
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Det. Mallory
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Det. Lonergan
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Daniel
James Flanagan ...
Jamie Lambert
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Walter Lambert
Scott Graham ...
Psychiatrist
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Ruth
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Mitch
Mark Dumonski ...
Dr. Carpenter
Elisabeth Adwin ...
Lawyer
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Uniformed Officer
Jonathan Fisher ...
Uniformed Officer
Brandon Valley Jones ...
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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$70,000 (estimated)
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(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 »

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(at around 1h 5 mins) When Callie and Tricia are reading the news about the three missing students, the text of the columns corresponds to an article about the music group One Ring Zero (written by Susan Carpenter and published in "Los Angeles Times" in June 10, 2004). See more »

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Callie: I'm gonna shower. I smell like an armpit's asshole.
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Bleed With Me
Written and Performed by Beezle
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Mike Flanagan's first horror feature is an effective psychological thriller with some surprising moments, good acting and clever scares.
10 December 2014 | by (Saltillo, México.) – See all my reviews

Summary: Mike Flanagan's first horror feature is an effective psychological thriller with some surprising moments, good acting and clever scares. 84/100 (B+)

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. Absentia is a great psychological horror film that will leave you guessing about what was real and what wasn't. It is a very well done low-budget flick, superbly acted, original and scary as hell.

Absentia is a strangely original horror film and I really liked all the psychological aspects of the movie. Flanagan surprises us with a bunch of unexpected scares and some enjoyable human drama. The acting is also quite good. The film doesn't feel hampered by its extremely low budget ($75,000 US), all the scares have quality. It is so impressive how well directed is the film, the scares are so well done and terrifying. If you're a horror fan you should not miss this hidden gem. It is amazing what Flanagan can do with a micro- budget. In spite of a kinda boring musical score, I loved Absentia. It's one of the most thought- provoking horror films I've seen, it deals with a very moving story that it's also painfully sad. The ending leaves some answers but that makes it even more creepy. (B+)


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