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Absentia -- A new vision of horror from acclaimed 'Oculus' director Mike Flanagan, 'Absentia' tells the story of a woman and her sister who begin to link a mysterious tunnel to a series of disappearances.

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Director:
Writer:
Mike Flanagan (written by)
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Release Date:
11 April 2013 (Argentina) See more »
Genre:
Tagline:
There are fates worse than death.
Plot:
A woman and her sister begin to link a mysterious tunnel to a series of disappearances, including that of her own husband. Full summary » | Full synopsis »
Awards:
7 wins & 4 nominations See more »
NewsDesk:
(143 articles)
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Cast

  (in credits order)

Katie Parker ... Callie

Courtney Bell ... Tricia

Dave Levine ... Det. Mallory

Justin Gordon ... Det. Lonergan

Morgan Peter Brown ... Daniel
James Flanagan ... Jamie Lambert

Doug Jones ... Walter Lambert
Scott Graham ... Psychiatrist

Connie Ventress ... Ruth

Ian Gregory ... Mitch
Mark Dumonski ... Dr. Carpenter
Elisabeth Adwin ... Lawyer

Erin Cipolletti ... Uniformed Officer
Jonathan Fisher ... Uniformed Officer
Brandon Valley Jones ... Uniformed Officer
Joseph Mendoza ... Uniformed Officer (as Joseph Aurelio Mendoza)
Brian Normoyle ... Uniformed Officer

Damon Pfaff ... Uniformed Officer
Camron Robertson ... Uniformed Officer

Peter Wylie ... Uniformed Officer
Yvonne Agnew ... Extra
Michelle Magdalena Burnham ... Extra

Lisa Ferris ... Extra
Ashkan Golara ... Extra

Joe Hollow ... Extra
Dana-Beth Lasker ... Extra
Cecie McClelland ... Extra
Markcus Parker ... Extra
James Sullivan ... Extra
rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Zak Jeffries ... David Stone (uncredited)

Natalie Roers ... Jogger (uncredited)

Directed by
Mike Flanagan 
 
Writing credits
Mike Flanagan (written by)

Produced by
Courtney Bell .... line producer
Morgan Peter Brown .... producer
Rich Cleary .... associate producer
Mike Flanagan .... producer
Justin Gordon .... producer
Joe Hollow .... co-producer
Kevin Kale .... co-producer (as Kevin J. Kale)
Laura L. Little .... associate producer (as Laura Little)
Jason Poh .... co-producer
Joe Wicker .... producer
 
Original Music by
Ryan David Leack 
 
Cinematography by
Rustin Cerveny (director of photography)
 
Film Editing by
Mike Flanagan 
 
Production Design by
Liz Bradley 
 
Costume Design by
Adriana Lambarri 
 
Makeup Department
Gaby Chavez .... makeup artist
Chris Mills III .... special makeup effects artist (as Chris Mills)
Amy Mills .... special makeup effects artist
 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Drew Shirley .... assistant director
 
Art Department
Jayse Crowl .... illustrator
 
Sound Department
MacKenzie Crosby .... boom operator
Aristotle Kumpis .... sound utility
Richard Ragon .... production sound recording
Richard Ragon .... sound
 
Visual Effects by
Mark Sniffen .... visual effects
 
Camera and Electrical Department
Dave Foster .... camera assistant
Brooks Halladay .... camera operator
Brooks Halladay .... director of photography: second unit
 
Costume and Wardrobe Department
MacKenzie Crosby .... wardrobe assistant
 
Editorial Department
Aaron Moorhead .... colorist
 
Other crew
Gaby Chavez .... script supervisor
James Hall .... production assistant
Jim O'Leary .... production assistant
Erik Petersen .... caterer
Bryce Thurston .... production assistant
Robert C. Yu .... acquisitions executive
 
Thanks
Sam Qualiana .... grateful acknowledgment
 

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MPAA:
Rated R for language and some disturbing images
Runtime:
87 min
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1.78 : 1 See more »
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Trivia:
(at around 23 mins) 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 »
Goofs:
Revealing mistakes: (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 »
Quotes:
Tricia:Don't underestimate the attraction of oblivion... not 'til you've lived a little longer.See more »
Soundtrack:
Bleed With MeSee more »

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37 out of 55 people found the following review useful.
Give Mike Flanagan a Budget, 29 July 2011
Author: chiownknee60 from United States

Nudity: 0 out of 10 (Look elsewhere if that's what you're here for)

Gore: 0 out of 10 (This is not a slasher)

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Loosely based off of the Norwegian folktale "The Three Billy Goats Gruff," there appears to be something sinister lurking behind/under a pedestrian tunnel in "Absentia" - a movie that is less of a horror movie and more of a meditation on loss and grief.

Just-about-to-pop pregnant Tricia (real life pregnant Courtney Bell - who doubled as the line producer - you go girl!) has been grappling over the mysterious disappearance of her husband, who has been missing for seven years.

Pregnancies only last about nine months or so - which means that she has been impregnated by someone else.

Has she been disloyal to her missing husband? The reason that I ask is because it seems that her husband is trying to make his way back to her. He doesn't appear to be pleased.

Meanwhile, her wayward sister, Callie (the beautiful Katie Parker), is in town to support her sister through the later stages of her pregnancy.

Plot developments bring the two sisters closer and closer to the whereabouts of Tricia's husband.

You get the ominous feeling that they are approaching a web with a patiently waiting spider ready to pounce when they get too close.

Will this folktale have a happy ending?

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Made on a shoestring budget, Mike Flanagan's "Absentia" has more depth and is far more engaging than the vast majority of horror movies released this day and age.

Particularly strong is the first half of the movie as a mounting sense of dread builds and builds. (Who knew that going for a jog could be portrayed as being so dangerous?).

The sisterly chemistry between Callie and Tricia is superb.

Cinematographer Rustin Cerveny wisely allows the camera to be an observer, rather than a distracting character of its own.

The two detectives are the weakest links here with too much screen time.

The Christianity/Buddhism contrast never really materializes in any meaningful way, despite Callie's actions at the end.

The most frustrating part of "Absentia" is the slew of unanswered questions, which weighs the movie down.

It doesn't come together in the end and you're left with a "parts are greater than the whole" feeling.

Regardless, "Absentia" bests nearly all mainstream horror movies and that is an impressive accomplishment.

With well less than 1% of the budget of Saw VI to work with, it's hard not to applaud an ambitious movie like "Absentia."

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Did I watch the same movie here?? ashsandsing
ghost/hallucinations of Daniel in the beginning m_wise1
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