Reviewed by David Savage
Starring: Katie Parker, Courtney Bell & Dave Levine
Director/Writer: Mike Flanagan
Running Time: 87 minutes (approx)
Absentia is billed as one of the most talked about and outstanding horror films of recent years with a tagline of ‘some fates are worse than death’. As a lover of horror films I was happy to sit down and watch this.
Tricia is pregnant and her husband has been missing for 7 years. After her sister, Callie, comes to stay with here she declares her husband legally dead (Death in Absentia) and starts to move on with her life but she starts having nightmares and hallucinations about her missing husband.
Eventually she starts to date the detective in charge of her missing husband’s case but then her husband suddenly reappears from nowhere.
After her husband disappears again Callie starts doing research on missing persons in the area and finds lots of other unexplained missing persons which seems to involve a mysterious tunnel near their house.
Overall, I found the film very slow to get going but it had a good, strong storyline and the acting was very good. The second half of the film was creepy, chilling and very enjoyable. Much different from the run of the mill horror films that are made today as there is no horrific violence, nudity or psycho monsters chasing teenagers through the woods. If you like your horror films with lots of violence and gore then this is not the film for you, it is much more subtle but very enjoyable. I personally wouldn’t say it was outstanding as billed but is worth a watch.
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