While scouring the internet for new horror movies to watch, I came across a movie mentioned on Reddit as a “Must See” I hadn’t heard anything about it before. I went in with little to no expectations of it, and it literally blew me away. It’s one of the creepiest movies I have seen and I loved every element of it.
This movie actually started as a kick-starter, and was written and directed by Mike Flanagan, only cost $70,000 to make. Proof that you don’t need buckets of cash to tell a truly amazing story, and create an amazing film. You may have seen Oculus (2013) recently, (which I loved also, and will be reviewing next week!) and this movie is a beautiful start to hopefully a long and successful career for Mike in film making.
Absentia, the latin word for absence, is a movie based around a woman, Tricia, whom is dealing with declaring her husband legally dead ‘in absentia’ after he went missing seven years ago. Her younger sister, who has dabbled with drugs in the past, comes to help her during this difficult time. Tricia, who is heavily pregnant, is not only dealing with the tragic loss of her husband, but also trying to piece together what exactly happened to him.
There are so many elements and layers to this movie, and I don’t really want to spoil anything, so I won’t be talking about the amazing story that unfolds. I will however, let you know about other elements of the film that make it truly amazing.
Firstly, I didn’t recognise any of the actors in the film. The actors they used were fantastic, relatively unknown in the film industry, and I think that really gave this movie an edge. When you recognise people in films, you stop and think where you have seen them before. You are lifted from the story and can never really sink back in. This is not the case with this film. You remain fully immersed in the story and truly believe that the conversations and dialogue throughout is real. There was rarely a moment during this movie that I wasn’t covered head to toe in goosebumps.
The other element I loved was the soundtrack. With no real music, and only horribly forboding notes in the background, the film fills you with a dread that you aren’t even aware of in a sense. The story, while slow moving, keeps you interested in what will happen next, and actually feel very connected and sympathy for the characters involved.
If you watch one horror movie: make it Absentia. You will be thinking about this film days later.