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The Disappeared (2008)

  • Rate: 5.7/10 total 913 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Thriller
  • Runtime: 96 min
  • Director: Johnny Kevorkian
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The Disappeared (2008)


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  • IMDb page: The Disappeared (2008)
  • Rate: 5.7/10 total 913 votes 
  • Genre: Horror | Thriller
  • Runtime: 96 min
  • Director: Johnny Kevorkian
  • Stars: Harry Treadaway, Greg Wise and Alex Jennings
  • Original Music By: Ilan Eshkeri   
  • Plot Keyword: Disappearance | Brother | Missing Brother | Missing Child | Videotape

Writing Credits By:

    (in alphabetical order)

  • Johnny Kevorkian 
  • Neil Murphy 

Known Trivia

    Goofs: Incorrectly regarded as goofs: In the scene where Simon (Tom Felton) throws Matthew (Harry Treadaway) out of his house, Matthew says "Wait. Tom, it's trying to warn us," using the actor's name instead of his character's.*** He says 'Tom is trying to warn us', referring to his missing brother. ***

    Plot: Following the disappearance of his younger brother Tom, Matthew Ryan tries to put his life and sanity back together. However the past keeps coming back to haunt him. Full summary » |  »

    Story: Matthew Ryan's life is devastated after the disappearance of his younger brother, Tom. Matthew's father had left him to look after Tom and now Matthew feels responsible. His father is trying to hold back the anger and the blame but the cracks are beginning to show. One day Matthew is looking through a box of press clippings and video tapes about Tom's disappearance. Suddenly he hears a ghostly voice on one of the video tapes telling him "you never came for me!". It's the voice of his missing brother. He shows the tape to his father, Jake. This time there's no voice and Jake flies into a rage as the wound is reopened. Matthew tells his best friend Simon about the voices on the tape. Is he losing his mind, is Tom alive or dead? At home, Matthew plays the tape and hears Tom's voice again, desperately pleading for help. Then Matthew sees Tom at the window…Written by Ellen  

    FullCast & Crew

    Produced By:

    • Stephanie Charmail known as line producer
    • Johnny Kevorkian known as producer
    • Neil Murphy known as producer
    • Boo Simonian known as associate producer
    • Gabriel Simonian known as executive producer

    FullCast & Crew:

    • Harry Treadaway known as Matthew Ryan
    • Greg Wise known as Jake Ryan
    • Alex Jennings known as Adrian Ballan
    • Tom Felton known as Simon
    • Finlay Robertson known as Jason Saks
    • Nikki Amuka-Bird known as Shelley Cartwright
    • Ros Leeming known as Amy Tyler
    • Bronson Webb known as Gang Leader
    • Georgia Groome known as Sophie Pryor
    • Lewis Lemperuer Palmer known as Tom Ryan
    • Jefferson Hall known as Edward Bryant
    • Tyler Anthony known as Rebecca Cartwright
    • James Cook known as Anthony
    • T'Nia Miller known as Doctor
    • Benedict Martin known as Father Symmonds
    • Daniel Tatarsky known as Police Sergeant
    • Ruth D'Silva known as Reporter
    • Paula Bingham known as Mrs. Pryor
    • Glynne Steele known as Doctor Cole
    • Evie Dawnay known as Nurse
    • Oscar Redif known as Young boy
    • David Broughton-Davies known as Amy's Father



    Supporting Department

    Makeup Department:
    • Georgiana Creanga known as hair assistant
    • Georgiana Creanga known as makeup assistant
    • Ashley Hill known as hair assistant
    • Ashley Hill known as makeup assistant
    • Mary-Anne Waite known as chief hair stylist
    • Mary-Anne Waite known as chief makeup artist

    Art Department:

    • Steven Aldridge known as storyboard artist
    • Olivia Altaras known as props
    • Emma Clough known as stand-by props
    • Charlotte Crosbie known as production buyer
    • Charlotte Crosbie-Jones known as props buyer
    • Philippa Culpepper known as assistant art director
    • Jonnie Elf known as carpenter
    • Kim Green known as props
    • Chris Hone known as stand-by art director
    • Jenny Ray known as props
    • Sandra Soler known as assistant art director
    • Alan Sullivan known as carpenter
    • Mia Summerville known as art department assistant
    • Ria Wicks known as props




    Production Companies:

    • Lost Tribe Productions (presents)
    • Minds Eye Films (presents)


    • Accent Film Entertainment (2010) (Australia) (DVD)
    • Cinemax (2010) (Hungary) (TV)
    • Dutch FilmWorks (DFW) (2010) (Netherlands) (DVD)
    • IFC Films (2010) (USA) (DVD)
    • Soda Pictures (2010) (UK) (DVD)



    Other Stuff

    Special Effects:

    • Rushes Post Production

    Visual Effects by:

    • Dave Bannister known as digital compositor: Rushes Post Production
    • Charlie Bluett known as prosthetic designer
    • Tone Davies known as laboratory contacts
    • Michael Deming known as digital film bureau
    • Joseph Dymond known as digital compositor: Rushes
    • Guy Elson known as digital compositor: Rushes Post Production
    • Sukh Gill known as visual effects co-coordinator
    • Rob Gordon known as digital online editor
    • Andy Hargreaves known as animator: Rushes Post Production
    • Louise Hussey known as visual effects producer: Rushes Post Production
    • Timothy P. Jones known as digital film bureau
    • Tom Kimberley known as compositor: Rushes Post Production
    • Alex Llewellyn known as digital compositor: Rushes Post Production
    • Patrick Malone known as digital intermediate director of production
    • Erin McGookin known as digital intermediate producer
    • John Palmer known as digital film bureau manager
    • Rob Pizzey known as digital colourist
    • Kate Porter known as compositor: Rushes Post Production
    • Scott Pritchard known as lead compositor: Rushes Post Production
    • Jonathan Privett known as digital effects supervisor: Rushes Post Production
    • Cristina Puente known as compositor: Rushes Post Production
    • John Taylor known as laboratory contacts
    • Lee Tibbetts known as animator: Rushes Post Production
    • Laurent Treherne known as digital film technical director
    • Abey Watkins known as prosthetic design assistant
    • Dean Watkins known as representing: Ascent Media Group
    • Alan Williamson known as visual effects assistant: Rushes Post Production
    • Jez Tucker known as senior systems administrator: Rushes Post Production (uncredited)

    Release Date:

    • Finland 20 August 2008 (Espoo Film Festival)
    • UK 25 August 2008 (London FrightFest Film Festival) (premiere)
    • USA 12 October 2008 (ScreamFest)
    • Italy 28 October 2008 (Ravenna Nightmare Film Festival)
    • Denmark 18 April 2009 (CPHPIX Festival)
    • UK 19 June 2009 (London)
    • Germany 4 December 2009 (DVD premiere)
    • Netherlands 9 February 2010 (DVD premiere)
    • USA 18 May 2010 (DVD premiere)
    • Hungary 4 June 2010 (TV premiere)



    Filmography links and data courtesy of The Internet Movie Database

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    1. Denicio_Del_Toro from London, England
      30 Mar 2012, 10:58 pm

      Well acted, nicely shot, and with a solid score, this is a decentfeature. It's only real flaws are an extremely derivative, andoccasionally confused, plot; and some slightly clumsy dialogue attimes.

      It looks good, without being spectacular, which entirely suits itscouncil estate setting. Combined with excellent performances from theleads, it could almost work as a pure kitchen sink drama. Despite notbeing given much to say, Harry Treadaway and Greg Wise are aconvincingly troubled father and son. The support is also broadly good;Tom Felton is particularly notable.

      The troubles come with the exasperatingly unoriginal plot – it borrowsand from a whole selection of similar films. The good news is that itdoes choose some of the best to steal from; the trouble that it isn'tgood enough to stand up to these classics. However, it holds togetherwell, at least until the latter stages, when a few too many extraneousingredients are thrown into the pot.

      Broadly, a decent effort if not outstanding. Given the mechanics, Iwould be interested to see future work from the team behind it – theyjust need some more original ideas to start with.

    2. Fiona-Potter from United Kingdom
      30 Mar 2012, 10:58 pm

      Saw this film last night at the ICA and then afterwards there was a Q&Asession which included Tom and Johnny Kevorkian and Neil Murphy whoboth co-wrote and co-produced the film. The film was excellent. Veryatmospheric and probably more frightening because it is set in such amundane setting. Not Gothic horror but backyard horror – but horrornonetheless. The acting was superb by the young cast leads, HarryTreadaway and Tom Felton. The cinematography used a colour palate thatreflected the dreary humdrum life that was obviously the norm for thecharacters. The editing could have been tightened up a little butoverall the pace was well set. The music was perfectly written toreflect everything you saw on screen without being dominant or leadingwhere the screen images didn't follow.

      A truly frightening experience but one I can well recommend.

    3. kosmasp
      30 Mar 2012, 10:58 pm

      One of the better movies, that were shown at the Frightfest 2008. Thisone is pretty grim and might seem confusing at times, but it neverloses it's focus/goal. It might have some false scares and some falseleads (which may be annoying for some viewers), but it still has agreat impact.

      I also like the fact, that you might not exactly know where this isgoing. There have been similar movies in the recent past, but still agood down to earth, gritty (shot) movie, is always welcomed (imo). Theactors give their bests (some might argue that it's not alwaysconvincing, but I think they're doing a pretty good job) and thedirection and overall editing is good too.

    4. BadlandZ from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 10:58 pm

      I liked the start of this movie, I really did. It got my attention, anddrew me in with a really strong suspense and drama feel of old schoolhorror, supernatural, suspense, psycho murder. I really didn't knowwhich way it was going to go, it could have been really great at justabout any twist, the beginning was really that good.

      But then, it slowed down, just as it should have ramped up. And gotmore and more convoluted (not confusing, convoluted in a totally boringway), and just finished with this sad, flat, boring sort of end. Iwasn't scared, I didn't care about the lead character anymore because Iwas so bored with him, I just wanted it to end, and it went on and onand on and on… This REVIEW is boring and sucks, and the movieinspired that, it was boring and sucked.

    5. Justin Stokes from Cleburne, TX
      30 Mar 2012, 10:58 pm

      After suffering a mental breakdown following the disappearance of hisyounger brother, Matt is released from the hospital and tries to getback to a sense of normalcy. However, his father blames him and Matt'sown guilt continues to haunt him. Before long, visions of his brotherbegin to plague him as well. Is it just Matt having another breakdown,or is his brother really appearing to him?

      This interesting British horror works as a sort of old school mysteryby way of ghost story. The overall feel of the film is very ominousfrom the start. Matt, previously a happy teen, is now alienated anddeeply troubled. He meets a girl who lives next door, herself a ratherdistant sort. Some of the ghostly encounters with the brother aretypical. Other bits, like a scene with a psychic, are eerie and add tothe intrigue of the picture. One major aspect of the story is easilytelegraphed. Another, not so much. The climactic scenes are strong, theending suitably somber. While the film falls back on certain clichés attimes, it's still an effective slice of ghostly horror that packs anice bit of emotional resonance.

    6. ghoulem-829-703912 ( from Cape Cod, New England, MA USA
      30 Mar 2012, 10:58 pm

      I write very few reviews but this picture is one that I enjoyed so muchI needed to write one. For those with little patience the first five orten minutes are slow and then the story starts to bring you in to thisfamily's tragedy. The story of Matthew and what happened to his youngerbrother is compelling. You really feel for this kid and most of thepeople in his life. There is plenty here for a ghost story lover and amystery buff as well, the cast does a wonderful job and it was apleasure to watch a movie that didn't rely on a lot of sudden soundsfor scare effects. I watched this on "Netflix" streaming, but I ambuying a copy and will be looking for more films by these filmmakers.Bob C.

    7. Leofwine_draca from United Kingdom
      30 Mar 2012, 10:58 pm

      A gritty council estate drama about a missing kid, with the usual runof domestic violence, hoodie gangs, street crime, beatings, socialworkers and creepy adults. It's down to earth and realistic, elicitingdecent performances from its mostly teenage cast; Harry Treadaway isparticularly good as the boy grieving for his lost brother.Unfortunately, though, this story is very familiar (URBAN GHOST STORYis just one of the many others I remember doing the same kind ofthing), and it doesn't have a great deal to differentiate it from therest.

      It's gently haunting for the most part, with the ghost story taking theform of snatched visions, unexplained domestic events and a generalfeeling of suspense and foreboding. The sub-plot involving a medium andher young girl was very well done, I thought, and the twist ending isundeniably powerful (if very familiar, considering all the other filmsploughing the same furrow). Cast nods go to Tom Felton (Harry Potter'sMalfoy) playing a refreshingly non-magical teen for once, Ros Leemingas the poignant love interest and Alex Jennings (who some may rememberfrom Children's BBC's ALFONSO BONZO) as a kindly vicar.

    8. grapegriff-952-746184 from United States
      30 Mar 2012, 10:58 pm

      I was pleasantly surprised at the overall quality of this indie effort.From the opening scene the tension in the father/son relationship ispalpable and they maintain the intensity w/o too much dialog to relyon. Kudos to both actors for very strong performances. The look andfeel of this movie are spot on and the score is also an asset. Theediting was a bit choppy and the film did seem to drag a little butthere were no scenes that felt like they should have been left on thecutting room floor. I was confused at times and that added to thefeeling that I just wanted them to get on with it, so to speak. Wherethe effort falls short is in the ending. It does build to a point andthen the writing fails the actors. The last 20 minutes are clichéridden and lack any originality. Come on, the pedophile who isn't whohe says he is and oh yeah, by the way, he also happens to wear hiscollar backwards? The communications with dead people cross a line thatSixth Sense never did. We watch as the murderer has his head bashed in(4 violent blows) with a rather large stone and he disappears beforethe police arrive. It feels like they tried to address all themisdirections and somehow made things more confusing. I must say thatthe ending left a very bad taste in my mouth. This is sad mostlybecause of the very solid effort that preceded it. The writers andproduction staff deserve high marks for making a film that came so veryclose to being something special but in the end(literally) fell short.One final comment about the cast. What made this movie good were theperformances from top to bottom. They all deserve praise and applausefr their efforts.

    9. Paul Andrews ( from UK
      30 Mar 2012, 10:58 pm

      The Disappeared is set in a rundown working class region of England &starts as teenager Matthew Ryan (Harry Treadaway) is released fromhospital, going home with his father Jake (Greg Wise) there is anundeniable tension between the two over the disappearance of Matthew'syounger brother Tom. One blames the other although it was Matthew'sresponsibility to look after Tom when he disappeared, Matthew was at aparty & let Tom wander outside at night on his own from which point hehasn't been seen again. Matthew starts to hears Tom's voice, Matthewthinks he sees quick flashes of Tom & becomes convinced that hismissing brother is trying to tell him something. His father thinksMatthew is crazy but after following the clues & messages Matthewthinks he has discovered what happened to Tom…

      This British production was co-written, co-produced & directed byJohnny Kevorkian & like so many low budget wannabe classic films thatdo the rounds at festivals & get great write-ups I simply cannot seewhat the fuss is about, I found The Disappeared a dreary thriller withslight supernatural overtones that in the end felt to me like a muchmore grim take on The Sixth Sense (1999) with the main twist at theend. Seriously, The Disappeared is basically a depressing take on TheSixth Sense & I stand by the fact I think the ending of the two filmsare very similar. I am not quite sure what the makers of TheDisappeared were aiming for or who they thought their audience wouldbe, the majority of The Disappeared feels like a gritty British dramaset on a scummy rundown council estate (don't knock them, people haveto live in these places) where nothing good ever happens as it's alwaysgrey, depressing & full of yobs, the unemployed & abused children. TheDisappeared certainly tries to show the uglier side of Britain & whatthe working class way of life. The first thirty odd minutes is decentenough drama I suppose but then the supernatural aspect is graduallyintroduced, first it's just voices but soon develops into visitingghost's & seeing strange religious symbols. I wasn't keen on the endingeither, the paedophile priest is something that we have all becomeaware of because of the media here in the UK so again the makers takedelight in showing the seedier & nastier side of British life to nogreat effect. The twist reveal at the end doesn't even make that muchsense, while Matthew supposedly killed the villain it's also said laterthe body was never found so what gives? At an hour & a half it drags alittle in places & I can't say I was enthralled although it does haveit's moments & can be quite powerful at times.

      Although almost certainly deliberate The Disappeared has a really grey,dreary & dull look about it with no bright colours evident at all. Thereal life scummy council estate location looks suitably rank & I canconfirm there are places that ratty here in the UK. There is definitelyan atmosphere here, not a scary one but a depressing downbeat one thatmakes The Disappeared a little soul destroying to watch at times. Thescript takes itself very seriously & there's no comic relief orthrowaway humour here at all. Violence & gore is minimal, in fact Ican't remember any gore at all but that's clearly not what TheDisappeared is about. It's about grief, it's about relationships, it'sabout an atmosphere of hopelessness & it's about the supernatural.

      Filmed on location here in the UK in London The Disappeared does lookpretty good, the production values are solid but the final ten minutesor so are too dark & there's too much of that shaky camera rubbish. Thecast do a great job to be fair, the leads are excellent but in a waythat makes the film even more downbeat than it already is.

      The Disappeared is a film that I can look at & see that it's very wellmade with excellent acting & a potentially strong story but the wholedownbeat atmosphere, The Sixth Sense twist & questions left unansweredby the conclusion left me feeling underwhelmed. Some may like it'sgritty approach but I didn't I'm afraid.

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