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The Abandoned (2007)

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Critic 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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Cast

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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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.

February 28, 2007
AV Club
Top Critic

The movie sinks so deep into deathly atmosphere that there's no life to it.

Full Review… | February 28, 2007
Entertainment Weekly
Top Critic

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.

February 27, 2007
Village Voice
Top Critic

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.

Full Review… | February 26, 2007
Boston Globe
Top Critic

Through the murk and gloom of The Abandoned; a mystery emerges: Why didn't this go straight to DVD?

February 26, 2007
New York Times
Top Critic

The last thing a filmmaker named Nacho needs is more cheese.

February 23, 2007
L.A. Weekly
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Audience Reviews for The Abandoned

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.
Cynthia S.

Super Reviewer

½

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 roy
Alex roy

Super Reviewer

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.

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Unknown Hobo

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