I was blown away.
It’s safe to say that I am constantly disappointed by horror movies these days. Most movies cost millions to produce, and they’re crap. In fact, most low budget direct-to-DVD movies are crap. Film-makers confuse horror with gore so much that it’s becoming a cliche to say so. But it’s still true.
Absentia is a movie that was made on a $70,000 budget, yet it’s one of the best horror movies I’ve seen in years. I watched it because the synopsis seemed Lovecraftian, and I wasn’t disappointed. Don’t expect lots of action — it’s not that kind of movie. But it sure nails the “fear of the unknown” concept. It doesn’t follow a formula — the movie surprised me several times.
Tricia’s husband Daniel has been missing for seven years. Her younger sister Callie comes to live with her as the pressure mounts to finally declare him ‘dead in absentia’. As Tricia sifts through the wreckage and tries to move on with her life, Callie finds herself drawn to an ominous tunnel near the house that might also be connected to other neighborhood disappearances. Soon it becomes clear that the ancient force at work in the tunnel might have set its sights on Callie and Tricia … and that Daniel might be suffering a fate far worse than death in its grasp.
Just watch it. Any Lovecraftian should really enjoy it.