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Absentia -- After having declared her missing husband 'dead in absentia', Tricia and her sister begin to link an ominous tunnel to a series of disappearances.
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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:
An important independent horror See more (130 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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Rated R for language and some disturbing images
Runtime:
87 min
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Funded in part by over 300 donors on the crowd-funding website Kickstarter.com. The filmmakers set out to raise $15,000 over the course of their 30 day pledge drive, and ended up raising $25,000 (more than one third of their final budget).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:
Tricia:Don't underestimate the attraction of oblivion... not 'til you've lived a little longer.See more »
Soundtrack:
Kill MeSee more »

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43 out of 73 people found the following review useful.
An important independent horror, 22 February 2011
Author: filmbizarro from Sweden

After hearing our good friend James DePaolo over at CinemaHeadCheese.com giving this some damn good comments, I figured it would be something worth checking out. I've been in need of a good horror movie to really get into my head, and one from 2011 couldn't sound any better. "Absentia" is that movie. It's one of the movies I will remember 10 months from now when I start making my "Best of 2011" list. The year has just started, but if the past years have taught me anything, it is that great movies are rare.

The movie takes its time to explain the background story to you early in the movie by having our lead character, Tricia, put up missing person posters. Gradually from that, we also find out that he has been gone for 7 years. And then we have Callie, her sister. Callie moved away 5 years ago but has just gotten back in town and is gonna live with Tricia. Tricia has just accepted that her husband is actually gone and won't be coming back, when she all of the sudden starts seeing him everywhere. A therapist explains this to her by saying that it's her mind processing the acceptance. But when Callie is out jogging one day, she meets a strange man in a tunnel who she later finds out is another missing person. One of many in the neighborhood.

There is a lot going on in the movie, but it always takes the time to make sure you follow the events. Even though many things are unexplained and hard to grasp, it's so perfectly thought-out that you never feel cheated, instead you keep your mind working constantly to connect everything. And this is what makes the movie so great, there are so many levels of things. By the time the movie ended I couldn't even decide what I thought was going on in the movie, I literally had three different solutions to the whole film. Which one is the right one, I don't know. And I don't care, I love it this way.

It's a movie that works in the most simple of ways, and it never goes over-the-top. Unlike most supernatural / psychological horror movies out there this works strictly with the atmosphere, the story, the mood and the emotions, and it couldn't possibly do a better job. The actors are all terrific and they all help us sell this story.

If I had to be really picky about something it would have to be some of the jump scares. Not because they are jump scares (which we all know are cheap ways to scare), because they are carefully placed and all that, but the sound is often what sells them and here they weren't as effective as they could've been. But it gives the scares a more subtle tone which helps building the atmosphere yet again, so it's really a double-edged sword.

"Absentia" is an important movie, it shows what good thinking can do compared to good effects. It puts you into the misery of our characters and has you constantly trying to figure out what is really going on. There was not a second of this movie that I thought dragged on, even though things sometimes move slowly. There is nothing better than a slow movie that really has you hooked, because only then can it really get you to feel and care for the characters, and "Absentia" manages to do just that. A must see!

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