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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:
12 wins & 4 nominations See more »
User Reviews:
Slow and atmospheric creeper makes for a pretty impressive experience. See more (140 total) »

Cast

  (in credits order)

Catherine Parker ... Callie (as Katie Parker)

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
Edgar Maldonado .... sound effects editor
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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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:
Errors made by characters (possibly deliberate errors by the filmmakers): (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 »
Quotes:
Callie: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...
Tricia:...easier to embrace a nightmare than accept how stupid, how simple reality is some times...
Callie: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 everything is made of atoms, and atoms are mostly empty space, how is anything really solid? Things go missing in this neighborhood, and have for as long as history has recorded it, and those things turn up in one place.
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Soundtrack:
Kill MeSee more »

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48 out of 66 people found the following review useful.
Slow and atmospheric creeper makes for a pretty impressive experience., 5 April 2012
Author: BloedEnMelk from Netherlands

I do not really understand why the average rate of Absentia is so low. Well, maybe I do understand, if you watch this horror with the expectations that you get a fast paced gore filled typical horror movie, you will be disappointed. Absentia is a slow one, and it basically has no real gore. So just skip it if that's what you are going for, and save this little gem the downrates which it really doesn't deserve.

Now, that having sad, Absentia has something different to offer. It's not per say in the storyline itself, which, when you read it, doesn't seem too original. What it's got to offer is mainly in the mood. The soundtrack, which is relatively minimum, really adds to the claustrophobic and depressing atmosphere. The acting is well done, realistic and believable, and the characters are well worked out and take the plot to a higher level. There are some weird things in the plot that make you wonder what is really going on. It gives the perfect sense of mystery, never fully explaining it, but definitely enough to leave you satisfied.

I found Absentia more of an experience, though it doesn't come short to the story at all. Things may or may not make sense, and you might wonder a couple of times how much comes to perception and how much of it is really happening, it doesn't take anything away from the story or from the mood. It only adds to it.

I was a bit reluctant when I put the DVD into my player but all my doubts faded away within the first minutes. The movie is perfectly shot, everything just works really really well. I am very pleasantly surprised and think it certainly belongs to one of the best horror movies of 2011.

The only bad thing I have to say about it is that a few times I found it hard to follow the dialogue (mumbling) and had to rewind to listen to it again.

Watch it if you get the chance, and if you like horror which crawls deeply under your skin. Do not watch it if you want action and gore.

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