Just had a quick peek at this new indie horror film, which I found via a tweet by actor Doug Jones who had roles in Pan’s Labyrinth and the Hellboy films, and the sizzle reel just released gives a good indication of what we can expect from director Mike Flanagan.

There’s more information on the film at the Production company’s website here, but a choice quote which gives a good indication of where they are heading with this one.

“Absentia” represents a rare kind of horror movie: one that doesn’t rely on gratuity, gore, violence, and cheap shocks. Instead, it operates under the philosophy that if you combine fleshed out, realistic characters with a thought-provoking storyline, and then weave in elements of universal psychological fear, the result is what makes great horror films like “Let the Right One In,” “The Descent,” “The Exorcist” and “Session 9” possible.

Here’s the synopsis of the film,

Tricia‘s husband has been missing for seven years. Her younger sister Callie comes to live with her as the pressure mounts to finally declare him ‘dead in absentia.’ Tricia is reluctant, always holding out hope, but Callie is practical and wants her to move on. As Tricia sifts through the wreckage and tries to move on with her life, Callie finds herself drawn to an ominous tunnel near the house. As she begins to link it to other mysterious disappearances, it becomes clear that his presumed death might be anything but ‘natural.’ Soon it becomes clear that the ancient force at work in the tunnel might have set its sights on Callie and Tricia … and that Tricia‘s husband might be suffering a fate far worse than death in its grasp.

And the trailer which has some nice moments to keep you up at night.