Most horror movies are horror/action movies, really. We wait through the slow parts, we (hopefully) get built up with some style and atmosphere, and then we get the kills / scares / chases, and those are a lot like action scenes. Some horror movies, often bad ones, are actually horror/comedies, but you know that already, so let me just get to my point here: some horror movies are also simple "dramas." You find these examples most often in the "indie" side of the equation, because that's where ideas often count for more than action does, which leads us to Absentia: a low-key and (gasp) somewhat subtle American indie that avoids simple scares in favor of disturbing ideas.
Written and directed by Mike Flanagan, Absentia tells the story of a young pregnant woman who is just about to declare her missing husband legally dead. Even though it's been a long seven years, the unhappy Tricia (Courtney Bell) is hesitant to take the final step, legally speaking. At the urging of her helpful little sister Callie (Katie Parker), Trish finally signs the "death by absentia" paperwork -- and then the next day her long-lost husband pops back up.
Where has poor Daniel been for the last seven years? Why is he still wearing the same clothes? And what the heck is he so scared of?