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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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Dave Levine
as Mallory
Justin Gordon
as Det. Lonergan
Doug Jones
as Walter
Erin Cipolletti
as Officer Romero
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Critic Reviews for Absentia

All Critics (14) | 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.

October 27, 2015 | Full Review…

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.

June 19, 2020 | Full Review…

Director Mike Flanagan has quite the little horror gem in his hands here.

June 19, 2020 | Full Review…

Those seeking a slow-burning, intelligent and thought-provoking character-driven chiller should find plenty to enjoy.

June 19, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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.

June 19, 2020 | Full Review…

Mike Flanagan crafts one of the best modern Gothic horrors of the 21st century- a dark urban fairy tale.

April 28, 2019 | Rating: 4.5/5 | 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.

Super Reviewer

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

Super Reviewer


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 O'Connor
Brendan O'Connor

Super Reviewer

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