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5.0 out of 5 stars Subtle, Minimalist Horror., 4 May 2012
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This is great, quiet, character-driven horror if you dig movies like "Session 9," "The Eclipse" or the work of directors like Kiyoshi Kurosawa. It is low budget, psychological rather than explicit, and a slow burn. Best to do research before you view it, as there has been some backlash because of the somewhat misleading cover art. This is a quiet, slow-burn movie made for no money. It is gore-less, does not show the monster, and more of a film festival character drama with horror elements.

If you like movies with graphic gore, T&A, movies like "Saw" or "Hostel," or anything by Rob Zombie, you will almost certainly hate this movie. It requires an adult's attention span and an appreciation for character and subtlety. Highly recommended for discerning elevated-genre fans with healthy attention spans.
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Initial post: 21 Aug 2012 17:30:57 BDT
Find the over-simplication a bit annoying. With films like 'Hostel' they're more cheats than actual horrors cos it's just people-on-people crime, sort of thriller stuff but often without the thrills. A few are okay, but if this movie is more like 'Session 9' then that's bad too, as that film was as big a cheat as anything-it may have been subtle to a fault, but it ends up the same-a unstriking whodunnit with good actors rather wasted but masquerading as a horror. If the front cover of 'Absentia' is a cheat, it'll put this film in a long line of them-'The Last Exorcism' and the old 'Dust Devil' VHS cover are perfect examples.

Most of all you mention a monster? I'd hate to know a horror film before seeing it as much as anyone, but in this day and age of 'Last Exorcism' and 'Sixth Sense' cheats and cannibal bores I feel I need a spoiler just so I don't waste money again. Is there actually a monster in this film, and if there is, why don't we see it? Do we at least hear it, see an outline, hear it described by people? Come on, isn't it just a serial killer hiding down there, which would be OK if the film's done well enough. The kind of film very difficult to decide on. I may have to mull it over a while.
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