It cost $70,000. That’s a lot of money. You can put it in perspective knowing that the cost of a 2014 Lotus Evora is that much. But for a film, that’s not all that much. With blockbusters costing one hundred million or in many cases two hundred million, $70,000 is a drop in the bucket. But when you consider independent cinema, money doesn’t grow on trees. Director/writer Mike Flanagan along with his producers were able to at least come up with a budget that was, well, the same price as a brand new Lotus Evora. And the film that was made was 2011/2012’s Absentia. And what a film it is!
A slow, dark, brooding film, Absentia is the story of two sisters, both a bit lost in life, coming together after the younger free spirited woman returns from a self-gratifying jaunt just like the son in the Biblical parable, the Prodigal Son. Prior, the older sister’s husband had disappeared and after many years he is scheduled to be listed as “dead in absentia”. Slowly but effectively, a local mystery begins to unravel that will remind speculative fiction readers of an Arthur Machen tale. The unease of the ensuing circumstances may put both sisters in danger.
Part character study, part horror film, Absentia is one of those movies that will delight both literary dramas fans and the Halloween crowd. Dark Discussions talks about the film, their interpretation of the happenings, and the future for director/writer Mike Flanagan which includes the upcoming horror film Oculus to be released later in 2014.