A haunted house movie should not be bloodless. While THE ABANDONED is an earnest effort, it's such an ultra-serious gloomfest, there's little room left for scares or fun.Director Nacho Cerda made his reputation with the horrifyingly graphic short, Aftermath. Here, he relies mostly on atmosphere and mood in a story that's a bit like The Skeleton Key, but set in Russia. Notable for a fine performance from an actress I was unfamiliar with: Anastasia Hille. — Jeff Schultz
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