The Abandoned (2006 film)
The Abandoned (2006 film)
"Death never runs out of time." A woman returns to her native Russia to find her birth parents. She quickly learns they are dead, and she has inherited their long-empty farmhouse. At the farm, she meets a man who claims to be her twin brother. Events take a terrifying turn when the two spot a pair of ghastly doppelgangers and the house itself seems to propel them toward a fate they should have met 40 years earlier.
- Release Date: 2006
- Country/Language: Spain/UK/Bulgaria, English and Russian with English subtitles
- Genres/Technical: Horror, Fantasy, Science Fiction, Thriller
- Setting: Modern Russia or Ruritania
- Runtime: 1 hr 39 min
- Starring: Anastasia Hille, Karel Roden, Valentin Goshev
- Director: Nacho Cerdà
- Writer: Karim Hussain and Nacho Cerdà (screenplay)
- Producer/Production Co: Castelao Producciones, Filmax International, Filmstudio Bojana
- View Trailer: (link)
- IMDB Page: (link)
- Rated: R (Violence, Profanity, Adult Content, Sex/Nudity)
A rough measure of how "Lovecraftian" the work is:
- S____ (One Tentacle: Debateably Lovecraftian; has almost no direct connection to Lovecraft's work)
Not exactly a "Lovecraftian" film in the sense of being based on any of Lovecraft's work or containing references to his creations, though some viewers may find the location and atmosphere suggestive of Lovecraft's work (a Surreal Horror or "Eldritch Location" film). Arguably, there's a hint of "The Outsider" there, and the time-traveling zombie thing might suggest enough sci-fi/horror blend to satisfy some "Lovecraftian" criteria, though I think that's kind of stretching it. On the other hand, the abandoned farmhouse location, at least, is bizarre and fairly creepy....
Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.
- Horror-Movie-a-Day, (link) - "...The last half hour was one of the most incoherent things I’ve ever seen... the incoherency doesn’t bother me, and I am sure with another viewing or two it would make more sense. The problem is it’s not scary. Ever. All in all, Abandoned isn’t a terrible movie by any means..., but it’s a highly disappointing one."
- Richard Cross at 20/20 Movie Reviews (link) - "The Abandoned over-reaches itself by leaving too many plot points unexplained or, perhaps more accurately, so obtusely disclosed that they are nearly impossible to unravel."
- Brian Orndorf at DVDTalkdotCom (link) - " "Abandoned" is grim, incoherent, and about as thrilling as a college lecture.
- Richard Schieb at The Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (2.5/5 Stars) (link) - "...while the film is extremely well built up, it starts to collapse into narrative incomprehensibility in its second half."
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A film producer returns to her native Russia to find her birth parents. She quickly learns they are dead, and she has inherited their long-empty farmhouse. At the farm, she meets a man who claims to be her twin brother. Events take a terrifying turn when the two spot a pair of ghastly doppelgangers and the house itself seems to propel them toward a fate they should have met 40 years earlier. Through some sort of time travel weirdness, they discover they they are haunting themselves....
Comments, Trivia, Dedication
Associated Mythos Elements
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- I'm not sure it's worth the trouble of viewing the film and then trying to convert it to a Call of Cthulhu scenario, but the basic plot of the first part of the film might provide some sort of plot hook: a group of investigators gets sent to explore a creepy farmhouse in the middle of a European wasteland to find out what happened to an American woman who vanished while trying to claim her inheritance and learn more about her mysterious past. (Pretty much anything you might invent on your own without viewing the movie to fill in the blanks for the backstory leading up to the disappearance and conclude to the investigation will probably make more sense than the film actually does.)