The Abandoned

Critics Consensus

The Abandoned spends so much time setting up the creepy atmosphere, that it forgets to inhabit it with genuine spooks or scares.



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An American woman searching for her birth parents learns she has inherited a house in the middle of a forest in a remote area of Russia. It is the house where she was born. Abandoned and uninhabited for 40 years, it stands in total disrepair and neglect. What she finds is more than an old house. She meets a mysterious man who claims to be her brother, a twin she never knew. Together they find the house holds secrets to a past they don't remember. Together they are forced to relive a series of horrifying events and shocking murders that occurred just after they were born, in the place they were supposed to die.

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Karel Roden
as Nicolai
Valentin Ganev
as Andrei Misharin
Marta Yaneva
as Natalya
Jasmina Marinova
as Patriarch's Wife - Present Day
Valentin Goshev
as Patriarch - Present Day
Jordanka Angelova
as Blind Woman
Anna Panayotova
as Bearded Patriarch's Daughter '1966'
Svetlana Smoleva
as Bearded Patriarch's Wife '1966'
Kalin Arsov
as Bearded Russian Patriarch Man '1966'
Paraskeva Djukelova
as Marie's Mother
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Critic Reviews for The Abandoned

All Critics (34) | Top Critics (7)

  • Director Nacho Cerdà succeeds in pushing the haunted-house movie into an abstract realm where the past and present fold into each other.

    Feb 28, 2007 | Rating: B

    Scott Tobias

    AV Club
    Top Critic
  • The movie sinks so deep into deathly atmosphere that there's no life to it.

    Feb 28, 2007 | Rating: D- | Full Review…
  • The relatively tame horrors on display here may disappoint fans of the director's gut-spelunking short Aftermath, which made him an underground hero on the abra-cadaver circuit.

    Feb 27, 2007
  • Perhaps the worst offense of The Abandoned, however, is that so little effort is made by the screenwriters to make any 'sense' of it all.

    Feb 26, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/4 | Full Review…
  • Through the murk and gloom of The Abandoned; a mystery emerges: Why didn't this go straight to DVD?

    Feb 26, 2007 | Rating: 1.5/5
  • The last thing a filmmaker named Nacho needs is more cheese.

    Feb 23, 2007

    Jim Ridley

    L.A. Weekly
    Top Critic

Audience Reviews for The Abandoned

  • Dec 10, 2013
    This is just a bad horror movie. There is no storytelling, really, just a string of quasi-spooky, cheap, gotcha scare moments. Made absolutely no sense to me at all...
    Cynthia S Super Reviewer
  • Jan 29, 2013
    A film with a very simplistic plot. The movie waste far too much time trying to build suspense and the atmosphere, resulting in no replay value and little actual entertainment to begin with. This movie suffers from something I call the "climax curse." This film starts out decently interesting with the intro back story and the arrival at the main location for the film... But from there, it simply devolves. It's easy to make the beginning of a scary story... What's challenging to do, is to back it up, have the story become increasingly interesting as it goes on rather than devolve. This is far from the only film to suffer from the climax curse, but it is a prime example of the climax curse at work. I don't recommend this film, you will leave with nothing but wasted time.
    Horrific R Super Reviewer
  • Jan 22, 2013
    The Abandoned is one of those horror films that had the potential of being so much more than what it turned out to be. As a whole, it is a decent film but it could have been much better. The ideas for a great horror film are there, but the execution leaves a lot to be desired. The Abandoned combines many horror genres into one film and you can clearly see that there was good ideas at work, but the filmmakers clearly couldn't tie up everything neatly and the film kind of falls apart near the end. However, there are some effective scares at work on-screen, and the cast do a fine job with the so-so material. With a few script rewrites and more thought out idea, the film would have clearly been a memorable addition to the genre. As it stands, this is only worth watching once, and you feel disappointed because this film had some good ingredients to make for a truly chilling movie. Where the film lacks is a compelling, and engaging story. I liked the film despite its flaws, but like I said, it's not something that I'd personally re-watch again and again. Another problem with the film is that it also relies on previously explored ideas from other films that we've seen before and were done better as well. The scares here are good, but there's just not enough originality with this one to really make it a compelling and enjoyable picture for fans to watch. Go in with an open mind, I thought it was a decent affair, with nothing remarkable about its plot, luckily the film had plenty of atmosphere that was dark, brooding and menacing, which made The Abandoned worth seeing. However, I was left wanting more out of the movie.
    Alex r Super Reviewer
  • Aug 25, 2011
    I have to admit I was really psyched for this movie after it slipped off my HorrorFest radar. The film started off evenly enough with the delightfully grey green tones of most movies set in Moscow and Karel Roden as always was brilliant, but that's where the movie loses its interest. The rest of the film, past the first half an hour or so, is overacted and overdone, leaving me feeling exasperated and bored. Its a shame, I really did want it to be better but this was one I definitely endured rather than enjoyed.
    Unknown H Super Reviewer

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