Absentia (2012)



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Tricia (Courtney Bell) has waited for nearly seven years to have her missing husband declared legally dead, and just as this ruling is about to be made, her sister Callie (Katie Parker) discovers that an ominous tunnel near Tricia's house might very well be a portal to a supernatural world that might be responsible for the husband's disappearance. Now the sisters must prepare, as they appear to be next in line.

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Critic Reviews for Absentia

All Critics (8) | Top Critics (1)

Absentia is very creepy, non-formulaic and more grounded in relatable personalities than the usual horror film filled with hottie victims and other stereotypes.

Oct 27, 2015 | Full Review…
Top Critic

A rare (and total) misfire from Mike Flanagan...

Oct 21, 2016 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…

Absentia is an dark urban fairy tale whose inspirations appear to be as wide ranging as Noah Baumbach and Guillermo del Toro.

Oct 27, 2015 | Full Review…

Absentia is a captivating mystery and, at key moments, a terrifying thriller.

Oct 27, 2015 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

An instant indie horror gem...

Sep 5, 2012 | Full Review…

don't overlook this hidden gem, elevated by the great subtlety of its writing, the lived-in conviction of its two central performances, and by Flanagan's careful handling of narrative twists and turns that pivot around a gaping chasm of ambiguity.

Jun 14, 2012 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Absentia


Pure filmmaking. Has the atmosphere that is by and large missing from the horror genre, opting for character development, tension, engagement and grounding rather than jump scares and gross-out gore effects. Still a horror movie, to be sure (and therefore not for everybody) but one that stands on its own.

Gimly M.
Gimly M.

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Although it does have its tense moments, this low-budget movie is not only marred by poor narrative choices and a lame cinematography but also leaves a lot unanswered and so many elements underdeveloped, with a frustrating ending that tries too hard to be profound.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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Plays on your fears, a great debut from Flanagan who delivered a great horror film for his hollywood debut. A little slow but that seems to be his story building.

Brendan Nicholls
Brendan Nicholls

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three stars!!

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