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Absentia (2011)

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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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Mike Flanagan

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Mike Flanagan
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Parker ... Callie (as Katie Parker)
Courtney Bell ... Tricia
Dave Levine ... Det. Mallory
Justin Gordon ... Det. Lonergan
Morgan Peter Brown ... Daniel
James Flanagan James Flanagan ... Jamie Lambert
Doug Jones ... Walter Lambert
Scott Graham Scott Graham ... Psychiatrist
Connie Ventress ... Ruth
Ian Gregory ... Mitch
Mark Dumonski Mark Dumonski ... Dr. Carpenter
Elisabeth Adwin Elisabeth Adwin ... Lawyer
Erin Cipolletti ... Uniformed Officer
Jonathan Fisher Jonathan Fisher ... Uniformed Officer
Brandon Valley Jones Brandon Valley Jones ... Uniformed Officer
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Storyline

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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Drama | Horror | Mystery

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Rated R for language and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

11 April 2013 (Argentina) See more »

Also Known As:

Nestali See more »

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California, USA See more »

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$70,000 (estimated)
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1.78 : 1 / (high definition)
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Mike Flanagan wrote the first draft of the screenplay in two sittings. 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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Only Everything
Written and Performed by Beezle
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Deeply Unsettling!
15 January 2012 | by PatrickTheRedMenaceSee all my reviews

This somber yet deeply unsettling film managed to give me the willies even in the less-than-ideal Horrorhound Weekend screening.

Not soon after a pregnant woman (Katie Parker) declares her missing husband (Morgan Peter Brown) legally dead, she begins to having terrifying visions that hint that maybe she spoke too quickly. Writer/director Flanagan pulls off an incredible feat with this film. He manages to reinvent the ghost story, then takes it to an unexpected, even creepier place.

Don't be fooled by the show-burn pacing, because the almost-suffocating tension had me squirming in my seat, forgetting to breathe.

It's been almost a year since I've seen ABSENTIA. What haunts me most is not the disturbing visuals or even the deeply unsettling story line. It's the mood. When I simply think about the title, I hear in my head its stark, two-note funeral organ score and my chest wells up with emotions not usually incurred by watching a horror movie: grief, loss and perhaps the most terrifying of all…the dread of inevitability.

Toss in a pitch perfect cast, including a heart-wrenching cameo from the always delicious Doug Jones, and BOOM! You've got my favorite horror movie of 2011.


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