ABC Film Challenge – Sci-Fi – O – Dark Encounter (2019)
Dark Encounter is under O because of the lead character Olivia Anderson.
Director: Carl Strathie
Writer: Carl Strathie (Screenplay)
Starring: Laura Fraser, Mel Raido, Sid Phoenix, Grant Masters, Spike White, Alive Lowe, Nicholas Pinnock, Vincent Regan
Plot: Eight-year-old Maisie went missing in 1982 and a memorial is held by her family a year later. That evening, strange lights and sounds are observed in the woods outside and strange things start to happen.
Runtime: 1 Hour 37 Minutes
There may be spoilers in the rest of the review
Story: Dark Encounter starts when Olivia (Fraser) and Ray (Raido) return home after a dinner. Finding their 8-year-old daughter Maisie has gone missing. One year later the family has a memorial for the missing girl. Bringing the family together. Kenneth (Masters), Arlene (Lowe), Morgan (Regan), Billy (Phoenix) and Noah (White).
This night the family start to experience strange events around the home. Leading to them starting panicking. That the unexplainable might have been the reason for the missing little girl.
Thoughts on Dark Encounter
Dark Encounter is a sci-fi mystery that will follow a family that find themselves experiencing a string of unexplainable events. Around lights in the skies after a family member had gone missing the year before. Dark Encounter will dive deeper into the idea that unexplained lights could have a more sinister motivation. Without it being full-blown haunting. More around being left with the unexplained of being left without answers.
This will have plenty of mystery about what is going on, without diving into the full horror of the events. Leaving us waiting for what the encounter is truly about. It will show how a town doesn’t always want to believe what they can’t explain. Leading to the bigger question about dealing with the visitors from another world. The performances in the film are solid enough. With a lot being focused on reaction to being visited over the human effect of trying to deal with the unexplained.
Final Thoughts – Dark Encounter is a look into the unexplainable events of night encounters.