Dark Encounter (2019) made my watchlist last year, but since it wasn’t available on Prime until recently, I didn’t watch it (yes, I’m thrifty). The biggest reason it made my list was because Grant Masters is in it. I enjoy his style, and this role made me appreciate him more. You might remember him from Await For Further Instructions (2018).
The best I can tell, Dark Encounter is set in the late 70s to early 80s, and maybe in Nebraska; the filming location isn’t clear to me, it almost looks like the same place where they filmed Stranger Things. The story starts with a husband and wife returning home after having dinner at a local restaurant to learn that their 8-year-old daughter is missing. Yes, apparently, they left her home alone. Then it jumps a year to her memorial and the family gettogether afterward.
I was very impressed by how quickly everything escalated after the opening and character introductions. The lighting effects are chilling and spectacular, and the sound effects are astounding. I loved the intense edginess portrayed after the house was under attack, followed by the shadow figures outside and the thumps around the house.
The difference from other “Close Encounters” type films and this one, is the twist at the end, which is why the aliens came to this small town and house in the woods. I’m not going to spoil it, but it was not what I expected. I need to add that I loved it.
I 100% recommend Dark Encounter and give it 4.5 out of 5 Stars.