Absentia (2011)

Some of the best horror movies of all time have been low budget affairs.

I could list countless examples (most notable Blair Witch Project and Paranormal Activity), but with the lack of large scale movie production crews, it’s often a guarantee that the script and vision is unhacked and benefits from not having large studio execs commercialise original story lines.

Made from a crazy budget of $70,000, this Lovecraftian horror centres around the seven year disappearance of Daniel as his wife Tricia struggles to return to any semblance of normality. As her sister arrives to help support her in finally saying goodbye, the relationship between a local alleyway and a series of disappearances starts to materialise.

It’s made from interesting concepts that lurk our subconsciousness and probes that dark shadow of eeriness that we all feel when we try to imagine something out of nothing.

It does incredibly well on the budget and the story is sound, but it’s poorly acted and if you can get past this and recognise that everyone apart from the sister is fresh out of drama school (notable mention to the bespectacled detective who is the definition of a stereotypical detective), then the film poses some nice, if ill presented, concepts.

6/10

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