Absentia (2011)

Jamie Alvey is the first guest on the show that I found through another guest on the show. Back in October, when I recorded with Molly Henery she mentioned to me that she would be doing a live script read for something called the Devil’s Kettle Drama Club (Nice nod to Jennifer’s Body). So I checked it out and it was a lot of fun and Jamie was the person running it. So, I jotted her down to bring on at some point. Now is the time.

In addition to the drama club, Jamie also is a film essayist and reviewer at Morbidly Beautiful, a really cool horror site that people should check out. She also has a wonderfully brutal screenplay called Bystanders that I hope she someday gets to produce in some way, shape or form.

She’s brought to the table Mike Flanagan’s Absentia from 2011. Jamies is a humongous fan of his work and it comes through quite clearly when you hear her passionately talk about him. Absentia is a very impressive, very low budget effort that Flanagan manages to break through and deliver such big results with such minimal resources. I mention on the episode that the film is the epitome of everything I love about the horror genre from the technical perspective.

Absentia is potentially the most obscure film to be presented on the show to date, and it’s exactly the kind of ones I’m looking to highlight and dig into when producing this show. I love talking about forgotten classics, big movies that left the public conversation, films that warrant a second look and the little ones that not many have seen. Sure, I’d be more popular if I covered Marvel and the like (Hey I did do a Star War, though! LOL), but I’d much rather go for interesting and have conversations about the films people aren’t having conversations about daily.

0:00:50 – Jamie Alvey Interview
0:17:56 – Absentia Discussion
0:38:52 – What Else


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Technical Information

Brandon – Shure SM58-LC
Jamie -Laptop mic (Recorded with Zoom and amplified)

Post Production
NCH Wavepad Masters Edition v8.38
NCH MixPad Masters v5.22
The Levelator 2

RUNTIME: 45 minutes

Absentia is available on DVD. It is currently streaming on Amazon Prime, Hoopla, Tubi, Shudder and AMC+. You can rent or own it digitally on Amazon and AppleTV.

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