Film Location Absentia (2011)

Film Location Absentia

Film Location Absentia (2011)

Thank you Netflix!

I was on the lookout for a Lovecraftian horror movie. I had finished reading another collection of Laird Barron’s short stories during a visit to Trona Pinnacles and became a little obsessed with Lovecraftian locations in Southern California. The Pinnacles are definitely on the list. So, I was wondering how many Lovecraft or Lovecraft inspired movies were filmed in Southern California. So, after poking around the web, Absentia kept rearing its head. The big plus was that Netflix is currently streaming the film.

One night, when the kiddos and wifey (who does not like horror movies) were fast asleep, I turned on the flick.

Kudos to Mike Flanagan for producing a low budget horror movie that doesn’t become a slice an dice’em gorefest. Also, it was funded through Kickstarter. How cool is that.

Without giving too much away, Tricia’s husband has been missing for almost 7 years. We watch her do a final round of posting “missing” pamphlets around her Los Angels neighborhood (Glendale). She has finally reached a level of acceptance in her life and is working with the city to declare her missing husband dead in absentia. Callie, her sister, roars in to town to assist in the final processing of the death certificate and help Tricia move. At first, the film in an intimate portrayal of two sisters dealing with grief and moving on. Except there is this menacing tunnel down from the house.

And, everything changes when Callie runs through the tunnel and meets a gaunt mam who is surprised she is able to see him.

I’m not saying anymore. Watch it. There is a real Lovecraft vibe to the film.

I went out to good old Glendale to track down the neighborhood and go visit the tunnel ad see what lies “underneath”.

Location:

The tunnel is about 697 N. Kenilworth Avenue, Glendale, California

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Tricia’s apartment is 600 Pioneer Drive, Glendale, California. Right on the corner of Kenilworth and Pioneer.

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