A somewhat inauspicious debut for director Mike Flanagan, who has quietly become one of the most promising filmmakers in horror. While Flanagan takes after M. Night Shyamalan and Jeff Nichols by emphasizing the melancholy domestic drama at the heart of "Absentia," I question the decision to make such a high-concept screenplay (Lovecraftian monsters from a Dark Matter universe?!) on a shoestring, Kickstarter budget.
A beautifully understated horror/thriller/drama with great writing and fine acting throughout. This is low budget horror done right. I had stayed spoiler free and this movie sure took me for a chilling and engaging ride. Highly recommended!
This film was modest and humble with its take on a horror movie didnt need all the fuss and the build ups etc because to just place something scary in the mist of normality is just as haunting, The music and imagery was beautiful and still. Mike flanagan is a brilliant writer and director and its great to see that a director has the raw talent there with and without the budget.
A classic horror with a contemporary twist. A very interesting take on the monster-movie subgenre with excellent acting and cinematography. Also, it passed the Bechdel Test and that is not common for the majority of horror films.
The whole tone of this film was rather unique for a thriller. This has a couple of the creepiest scenes I've ever seen, and one in particular was done in such a simple way that didn't feel cheap. It was also nice to see the characters pretty fleshed out. Just the right amount of drama and creepiness.
Realistic (in character terms), subtle, raw and cold with haunting music and slow images that brings a frightening and claustrophobic atmosphere. The cast is outstanding - specially, the sisters. The budget conditions didn't allow this movie to shine so bright as it could have. A shame, though. Moral: we rather invente a fantasy to silence the unkown, than accept the reality... but strange things happen, anyway.