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The best slasher since Halloween - Slips under the radar
I'll put this simply; this is the finest slasher since Halloween. It came and went with barely a whimper but trust me, this is an exceptional slasher film. Wonderful filmmaking - it's well acted, beautifully photographed and the set pieces are simply wonderful.
This is a hidden gem of a horror film.
Make it stop !!!!!!
I'm sick to death of hearing about Amy Schumer. Talk about over saturation. But I love stand up comedy so I gave this a go on Netflix a few nights ago. It barely classifies as comedy. She wanders out on stage, talks about her vagina for 55 minutes and then leaves.
It's actually genuinely difficult to watch.
A standout horror film
I don't write reviews much, in fact, I haven't done so since David Lynch's Lost Highway back in the 90's but having just seen ABSENTIA I felt obligated to share my thoughts.
This is an amazing horror/thriller. I cannot fathom how a director working on a minuscule budget can produce a film of this quality. The writing, photography and direction are absolutely first-class. The film generates a remarkably claustrophobic atmosphere and the actors, albeit amateur give incredible and heartfelt performances.
The film tells the story of two sisters, Tricia (heavily pregnant) and the other, Callie who is returning from an extended trip. The main plot involves the disappearance of the Trisha's husband seven years prior. She is just starting to heal, working to declare him legally dead and looking towards the birth of her child. Then things change.
To give anything else away would be unforgivable, but let's just say that Tricia's husband is not the only person to go missing in the neighborhood in recent times. Don't worry about that statement...this is not some dopey, clichéd serial killer film, this is something completely different. It's a mystery. Is the husband dead or alive and what is the meaning of the unusual things that Callie begins to see inside the nearby freeway underpass ? The film is hard to classify into a specific genre. It's part horror, part thriller, part scifi and utterly engrossing.
If you enjoy thrillers give this film a go. Forget the fact that it was made on a dime.. every aspect of it from the story, acting right through to a wonderful soundtrack guarantees you will have a great time with it.
I'm hoping that the director, Mike Flanagan gets noticed in a big way as a result of Absentia and someone throws him a team and a budget. If he can make a film this good on a tiny budget I can only imagine what he could do with more money.