“Dark Encounter, at its heart, is about loss; a family struggling to cope after their young daughter / sister has gone missing. I hope to achieve the aesthetic quality of a Spielberg 80’s family classic, as seen with E.T and CloseEncounters of the Third Kind, which has been channeled most recently and successfully, with Netflix’s Stranger Things, which is why I chose an 80’s setting specifically for this vibe. It suits the story I want to tell, and UFO’s and aliens were a bigger part of pop culture then. Dark Encounter has an incredibly spiritual centre, which gradually, by the third act, steers the film away from its horror / house invasion centerpiece, into a more thought provoking drama with a sci-fi core. This won’t be your typical “alien” film. In essence it’s a drama. Award winning performances will be encouraged on both sides of the camera. In this nature, it has much in common with the emotionally difficult themes of The Lovely Bones or A Monster Calls.” – Carl Strathie, Director
The story begins a year after the mysterious disappearance of an 8-year-old girl, we meet her grieving family as they return home from her memorial service in their small town. Later that evening, strange lights appear in the nearby forest and the family is exposed to a strange, inexplicable phenomenon that rattles them to the core.
The origin of the lights appear to be visitors from another world that seemingly terrorize the family. What they don’t realize is that these ‘beings’ will lead the family to the truth behind the little girl’s disturbing disappearance.
Dark Encounter is on DVD & Digital January 7th.