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''Absentia'' is a 2011 horror film directed by Mike Flanagan.

Tricia's husband Daniel 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'. 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 that might also be connected to other neighborhood disappearances. Soon it becomes clear that the ancient force at work in the tunnel might have set its sights on Callie and Tricia ... and that Daniel might be suffering a fate far worse than death in its grasp.
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!!This film provides examples of:

* AdultFear - Much of the film deals with the effect of having a loved one go missing.
* AllTrollsAreDifferent: Trolls are [[BigCreepyCrawlies huge insect creatures]] which live [[AnotherDimension beneath]] tunnels and bridges. They abduct humans who enter their territory and trap them in their dimension. It's possible to barter with them, [[TheFairFolk though you'll have to figure out the rules on your own]], but it's ill-advised as it also attracts their attention to those around you.
* AnotherDimension: It's implied that [[spoiler:this is where the missing people are taken.]]
* AndIMustScream: Daniel's apparent fate was to be trapped in some sort of hellish limbo where he was tortured repeatedly.
* BigCreepyCrawlies: [[spoiler:What little we know about the thing in the tunnel indicates that it's one of these.]]
* BlueAndOrangeMorality - While it's a decidedly malevolent example, whatever lives in the tunnel has some of this going on - particularly its "fixation" on trading.
* CoversAlwaysLie - [[http://i.imgur.com/cfaIP.jpg The DVD cover]] completely misrepresents the film.
%%* DaylightHorror: Quite a bit of it.
%%* DownerEnding: [[spoiler: Both Trish and Callie are trapped in the tunnel with Daniel now, while Ryan is convinced they all just ran away.]]
%%* EldritchAbomination: The thing in the tunnel.
* ExactWords - [[spoiler: Callie attempts to make a deal with the thing in the tunnel to make a trade herself to bring back her pregnant sister. She's not specific enough, and the thing throws back her sister's fetus instead.]]
* FateWorseThanDeath - The apparent fate of those in the grasp of the thing in the tunnel.
%%* InfantImmortality: [[spoiler: Subverted.]]
* LegallyDead - Tricia's husband Daniel has been declared 'dead in absentia' after missing for seven years. [[spoiler: And then he comes back.]]
* NoGoodDeedGoesUnpunished - Callie really shouldn't have left behind that food for the man in the tunnel.
%%* NothingIsScarier:Much of the film is built on this trope.
* YouHaveToBelieveMe - After Callie witnesses [[spoiler:Daniel being carried off by the thing in the tunnel]], Tricia doesn't believe her and instead assumes that Callie was just high on drugs.
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