Dark Encounter – UK, 2019 – reviews

‘They watched. They waited. Now they are here.’

Dark Encounter is a 2019 British science-fiction feature film about a missing young girl and the threat of possible alien visitors.

Written and directed by Carl Strathie (Solis), the Goldfinch-Strathie Film production stars Laura Fraser (Tales from the Lodge; I Am Not a Serial Killer), Mel Raido (Broken; The Disappointments Room), Sid Phoenix (Solis; Beyond), Grant Masters (Await Further Instructions), Spike White (The Awakening) and Alice Lowe (Prevenge; The Ghoul; Sightseers; et al), Nicholas Pinnock (Monsters: Dark Continent) and Vincent Regan (Eat Locals; Dementamania).


A year after the mysterious disappearance of their eight-year-old daughter, grieving Olivia and Ray return home with friends and family from her memorial service in their small town.

Suddenly, strange lights appear in the nearby forest and everyone is exposed to inexplicable phenomena shaking them all to the core. The origin of these weird incidents seems to be visitors from another world intent on terrorising the family.

However, what they don’t realise is that these visitors will eventually lead them to an unexpectedly dark and disturbing truth – one destined to impact their lives forever…

Reviews [may contain spoilers]:

There’s a little bit of Close Encounters of the Third Kind, a little bit of Interstellar, and quite a bit of something else in Dark Encounter, a film that takes quite a while to get going but if you liked the concepts behind either of those other two movies then stick with it and you’ll find your time rewarded.” John Llewellyn Probert, House of Mortal Cinema

“It’s a paranoid, edgy domestic drama built around a terrific, raw performance from Fraser […] The alien intervention is powerfully conveyed, and a refusal to overexplain – are these even aliens or some other manner of non-human being? – makes for unsettling, nerve-stretching trips into the woods.” The Kim Newman Web Site

“It’s in the film’s final half-hour, following a key revelation detailed through a sequence that resembles the climax of Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar, that Strathie’s movie morphs from an economical and efficient b-movie thriller to an eye-rollingly affected piece of sub-Shyamalan pseudo-profundity.” Eric Hillis, The Movie Waffler


Dark Encounter will premiere at the 2019 Arrow Video FrightFest in London on 23 August 2019.

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Technical details:

97 minutes

Working titles:

Transcience and The Encounter

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