Absentia (2011)

Written and directed by Mike Flanagan.  Starring Catherine Parker, Courtney Bell, Doug Jones, Dave Levine and Justin Gordon.

Plot: 2 sisters discover that a tunnel is the link to several disappearances


This movie is very hard to describe.  It’s sort of part crime drama, part horror film which is why DJ didn’t really like it.  However, we will say that it is one of the creepiest films we’ve ever sat through.  There is one scare that is particular intense.  And once again, Doug Jones does a hell of a job being creeptastic.

Aside from that, I liked that the main women were realistic.  They weighed like more than 2 ounces and that was cool.  It was also very original, the specials were awesome and the direction was beautifully done.  Still, it did leave a lot to be desired come the end of the movie.

Why them?  Why then?  Why 7 years?  What did it have to do with Billy Goat’s Gruff?  Why didn’t the cops see it?  Why didn’t the trade work?  How could he “get out” only to “go back”?  I know you don’t understand any of this unless you’ve seen the movie, but trust me, once you do, come back and read this and you’ll be asking yourself the same exact questions.

I do recommend it.  DJ doesn’t really.

My score: 52.  DJ’s score: 40.

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