The Abandoned Reviews

September 2, 2010
Slow, moody haunted-house shocker; not for kids.
August 2, 2009
And at the end of the equation, things just don't add up.
March 9, 2009
"This horror flick is atmospheric and often frightening, but the lack of a solid narrative creates a lethargic pace."
June 17, 2008
It is, to put it simply, a totally kick-ass horror movie that should be seen by every self-respecting fear film fan.
May 19, 2008
All haunted house movies feature labyrinthine corridors and darkened rooms, but few achieve the tangible depth and texture of The Abandoned. After so many inferior generic excursions and aberrations, Cerd's film feels like a homecoming.
May 2, 2008
The work of a master visualist trying to walk the line between narrative and visual spectacle. The story is there, but it just sits on the side of the visual experience.
July 11, 2007
A definite fascinating and creepy mystery that leads up to a very surreal finale I enjoyed...
June 21, 2007
A weird and wicked tale further emphasizing that you can never go home again, especially if you never lived at home in the first place
April 24, 2007
Despite some effective atmosphere at times, this multi-European produced supernatural thriller is a tedious snoozer
March 10, 2007
March 9, 2007
A sort of haunted house story, "The Abandoned" has scary atmosphere, decent acting, an interesting setting %u2013 everything but a coherent story line.
March 2, 2007
Cerd quickly lets slip his woeful lack of skill with a curious, "arty" predilection for switching camera focus in the middle of a shot.
March 2, 2007
...inert and inept...
February 28, 2007
Director Nacho Cerd succeeds in pushing the haunted-house movie into an abstract realm where the past and present fold into each other.
February 28, 2007
The movie sinks so deep into deathly atmosphere that there's no life to it.
February 28, 2007
At its best, it's an effective shocker with an atmosphere that seeps into your very bones. The problem is it's not always at its best, and when it isn't, it really isn't.
February 27, 2007
Heralds the arrival of a new talent that every horror fan should keep their eyes on, if they're not covering them with their hands.
February 27, 2007
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 26, 2007
As the heroine wanders around her old, rundown childhood home, the movie itself wanders, trying to find its purpose, meaning, and even, it seems, a worthwhile starting point.
February 26, 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.