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Critic Reviews for Absentia
Absentia is very creepy, non-formulaic and more grounded in relatable personalities than the usual horror film filled with hottie victims and other stereotypes.
Once you ease past the film's lack of polish, you find yourself drawn in. First, by the characters. And later, by the deeply sinister and horrible situation in which they find themselves snared.
Director Mike Flanagan has quite the little horror gem in his hands here.
Those seeking a slow-burning, intelligent and thought-provoking character-driven chiller should find plenty to enjoy.
What differentiates Absentia from similar fare, apart from its low incidence of creature effects, is that it dares to dwell on the way real humans rationalize the supernatural.
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.
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.
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.
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