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.
R (for language and some disturbing images)
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Courtney Bell
as Tricia
Dave Levine
as Mallory
Justin Gordon
as Det. Lonergan
Katie Parker
as Callie
Ian Gregory
as Mitch
Erin Cipolletti
as Officer Romero
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Critic Reviews for Absentia

All Critics (7) | 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.

Full Review… | October 27, 2015
Top Critic

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

Full Review… | October 27, 2015

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

Full Review… | October 27, 2015

An instant indie horror gem...

Full Review… | September 5, 2012
Cinema Crazed

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.

June 14, 2012
Little White Lies

weighted down with the trappings of microbudget filmmaking

Full Review… | April 18, 2012
7M Pictures

Audience Reviews for Absentia

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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three stars!!

MisterYoda ?
MisterYoda ?

Super Reviewer

I liked this movie quite a lot in fact. Surprisingly it focuses more on the characters and how they deal with loss rather than a straight up horror film, but there's some good horror here too. One of the better things the movie could have done is focus on the characters because if it i focused more on the horror it would've been pretty silly what with the EVIL TUNNEL. And yea the movie does have a low budget, only $70,000, but it really doesn't feel like it and really a budget should not determine how good a movie is or not. I mean it helps, but if you can use minimal budget and get the most out of it then that has to be commended, and this film gets the most out of it. The writing is good and there are some pretty clever moments in how they use Tricia being haunted by Daniel since she decided to declare him dead in absentia and how that plays out in the story. And the acting is strong too, not mind blowing but the actresses do a good job at seeing how an event like this would affect them, and everyone around them. That's the cool thing about the movie, it takes a look at how humans handle events like this by trying to come up with ANY excuse so it would make the truth less painful, this is a common theme in the movie. One thing I didn't get was the evil tunnel, what did it do? Why did it do these things? What exactly can you offer for a trade and how exactly is a trade done? It has a lot of unanswered questions that should've been answered, at least in my opinion. But these unanswered questions are never a detriment as the movie is till good and I'd definitely recommend it, despite the rating, I thought this was a really good movie.

Jesse Ortega
Jesse Ortega

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