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Absence (2013)

Not Rated | | Horror, Sci-Fi, Thriller | 5 July 2013 (USA)
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After her unborn baby is snatched from her womb, Liz and her husband take a vacation to help them overcome the horrifying and mysterious loss. Her brother documents the trip as Liz continues to be terrorized by an unknown force.

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... Liz
... Rick
... Evan
... Megan
Tamra Meskimen ... Dr. Young
... Sergeant Wilson
... Sergeant Langley
Linda Paice ... Nurse Moreno
... Randy Kessler
Don Moss ... Frank
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Doctors are baffled when a young expectant mother wakes to find her nearly-to-term pregnancy apparently disappear overnight. The police are investigating the situation as a missing child, and only her husband and brother trust her version of events. Written by Mike

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Everything you can expect from a found footage movie and more
12 August 2013 | by See all my reviews

First of all before I begin this review, I would like to say I watched this movie expecting an average found footage movie and weren't expecting an amazing blockbuster movie so if you're a fan of the found footage sub genre then check it out, if not then stay far away.

With the recent wave of alien movies hitting our shelves/big screens (such as Unaware, Dark Skies, Tape #4 in V/H/S/2, etc.) I was excited to see what directors could offer us next. Here we have Absence, a brand new immediately underrated creepy and suspenseful found footage sci-fi horror movie, before I say anymore, here's a quick rundown on the movie's plot:

The movie begins with Evan, a camera obsessed student filming his sister, Liz and her husband, Rick in hospital where they have just been told that the previously pregnant Liz is no longer pregnant which soon becomes a missing child case which leads to Liz and Rick being the talk of the town and being hassled by the media, etc. so to get a break from it all they decide to go to Rick's family cabin in the woods for a while and it's from this point on where things start to get really weird...

After the hospital scene at the start of the film it does become very slow moving which in my opinion is a good thing because whilst the film is at a slow pace it gives you time to get to know the characters better so when the bad stuff does happen to them you'll care more about whether they live/die. It also adds a great sense of realism to the film when you see them cooking, playing pranks on each other, etc.

When the scares do eventually show up it's worth the wait as this film has some very creepy moments, one in particular with a visitor at the back door at night time, which is a very quick but effective scare. I don't want to spoil anything but as with most found footage endings the ending is also very effective and the least I say about it the better.

Overall I've gave this movie a solid 9 out of 10 because I thought it was a great found footage scare-fest that fans of movies such as Paranormal Activity, Unaware, The Fourth Kind and Dark Skies will enjoy, however, as I mentioned at the start of the review, if you hate found footage films and are expecting a blockbuster movie with amazing special effects and amazing actors then stay clear, this isn't for you.


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