October 20-27, 2011 - 8 Nights Of Horror, Sci-Fi, Action & Cult Movies!

2011 Program


Mike Flanagan, 2011, USA, 91 mins

Toronto Premiere, One Screening Only
Monday, Oct 24 2011, 7.00pm, Toronto Underground Cinema
$13, Age 19+

Short Description

In this original and utterly scary festival circuit hit, two sisters uncover a dark, supernatural force connecting the many people who have gone missing in their neighbourhood. Co-stars Doug Jones (PAN’S LABYRINTH, HELLBOY).

The Buzz

“Does a hell of a lot of frightening!”
- Bloody-Disgusting

“Not your typical modern horror film. It’s not dumbed down. It’s not badly acted. It doesn’t feature tired clichéd monsters. What it does have is powerfully scary moments, themes with heft, and an impact that will leave you remembering this film long after the credits.”
- Ain’t It Cool News

“Every once in a while we get lucky. An indie project that we know very little about will arrive in the mail and, with the right balance of an intelligent script, completely natural actors, and a director who gets that we don’t need absolutely everything explained in minute detail, proceed to knock our socks off. ABSENTIA is just such a film.”
- Dread Central

Official Selection -  Over 25 International Film Festivals - including Montreal Fantasia, LA ShriekFest, Chicago Horror Film Festival

Winner - 4 Best Feature Film Awards


This Film’s Screening at Toronto After Dark had MANY REVIEWS, read them here.


It takes seven years without contact before someone can be legally declared dead “in absentia”. Tricia has held onto the hope that her husband would return after vanishing with a trace, but the time has come to move on with her life. Her younger sister Callie, facing demons of her own as a recovering addict, has moved in to help her sister with this transition, but instead discovers an ominous tunnel nearby that may have a connection to a number of other disappearances in the area,  and perhaps an otherworldly force at work. Initially funded through Kickstarter.com, Director Mike Flanagan has accomplished what few small budget indie horror films have as of late, to be honestly frightening. Anchored by incredible performances and skillfully paced with an impending sense of dread, ABSENTIA is downright chilling, and a breath of fresh air for the indie horror scene.
- Steven Landry

Screens With Short Film

  • NOWHERE ELSEWHERE, Canada, 2010, 15 min, Annick Blanc. See Canada After Dark for details.



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