The Abandoned (2015 film)

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The Abandoned (2015), AKA The Confines, Confined

Summary

"Where hope goes to die." An unstable woman discovers a horrifying presence in the bowels of a decaying building where she works as a security guard.

Details

  • Release Date: 2015
  • Country/Language: US, English
  • Genres/Technical: Horror, Mystery, Thriller, Art/Experimental
  • Setting: Urban USA, Modern (2000s)
  • Runtime: 1 hr 26 min
  • Starring: Jason Patric, Louisa Krause, Mark Margolis
  • Director: Eytan Rockaway
  • Writer: Ido Fluk
  • Producer/Production Co: C Plus Pictures
  • View Trailer: (link)
  • IMDB Page: (link)

Ratings

MPAA Ratings

  • Rated: (not rated) (perhaps equivalent to a PG-13 for Violence, Adult Content, Profanity)

Tentacle Ratings

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 (an "Eldritch Location" film). The nasty secrets buried away in the building's vast locked basement were a nice, nightmarish touch, vaguely reminiscent of the sort of thing that might be uncovered in "The Rats in the Walls" or "The Lurking Fear" - they don't really make much sense under close examination, but it seems that few of the best nightmares make sense, either.

Note: This rating is not intended as a measure of quality, merely of how closely related to Lovecraftian "Weird" fiction the work is.

Reviews

Review Links:

  • Horror News dotnet, (link) - "The film itself looks nothing short of fantastic, the cinematography is both sleek and fluid almost gliding over surfaces of foreboding darkness to reveal only enough to the viewer to suggest something intense constantly lurking out the corners.... The Confines (AKA The Abandoned) is not only one of the creepiest films I have seen in recent years it is also one of the best films I have seen in 2015."
  • Elliott Maguire at UK Horror Scene (link) - "Other problems come with the scares themselves. The Abandoned is PACKED with jump scares, and while they do get the desired effect, they aren’t fully earned, working due to a deafening musical cue.... Other cliches present are the creepy drawings by creepy children, and a backstory to the building that is a little overused in both TV and film recently. Add to this a final twist that is either well-conceived or insultingly overused depending on your genre experience, and we have a real mixed bag. 7/10"
  • Richard Scheib at the Science Fiction, Horror and Fantasy Film Review (3/5 Stars) (link) - "The film has an amazing setting – of a massively haunted building that looks like something constructed in the 19th Century, filled with cavernous halls, empty ballrooms, huge arched foyers that are multiple stories tall. ... It is these locations that make the film... One of the best aspects of the film is the characterisation. ... On one hand is Louisa Krause, a troubled youth on her last chance not to screw up. Placed up against her is Jason Patric as the middle-aging security guard whose bored cynical attitude to the job takes you aback. The contrast between his embittered cynicism and her naivete when they are introduced is striking... All of that said, the film goes and shoots itself in the foot when it comes to the ending."

Synopsis (SPOILERS)

Notes

Comments, Trivia, Dedication

Associated Mythos Elements

  • race: Ghosts (deformed, mutant ghosts....)


Keeper Notes

  • The investigators are called in to help when the inexperienced new security staff for a huge abandoned building complex disappear overnight... the list of clues to their disappearance point to the open door of a long-forgotten and previously locked-up basement....