Eyes in the Dark

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Eyes in the Dark
Promotional poster
Directed by Bjorn Anderson
Produced by Bjorn Anderson
Written by Bjorn Anderson
Music by S.Y.F.T.
Cinematography Joseph Cole
Edited by Robyn Scaringi
Emerald City Pictures
Release date
  • April 25, 2010 (2010-04-25) (Alabama Film Festival)
Running time
78 minutes
Country United States
Language English

Eyes in the Dark is a 2010 American horror film written and directed by Bjorn Anderson. It is filmed in the "found footage" style.[1]


The movie follows seven college students as they take a weekend trip to a lodge in the Cascade Mountains. As they film themselves for their video blog, they record some strange occurrences. The students and the lodge's caretaker come across a mysterious cave with unusual markings. They soon become hunted by an unknown creature with glowing red eyes.


  • Wayne Bastrup as Josh Adams
  • Melissa Goad as Lacy Meyers
  • John Symonds as Dean McClaren
  • Maureen Francisco as Heather Conroy
  • Telisa Steen as Stephanie Miller
  • Melinda Ausserer as Allison Stevens
  • Jason Robison as John Smith
  • Paul Eenhoorn as Anders
  • Ernie Joseph as Dr. Steven Monteray
  • Charlie Sims as Dr. Wesley Mason


The idea for the film came to director Bjorn Anderson in a nightmare. He was influenced by Cloverfield and The Blair Witch Project to shoot the movie in a similar first-person point-of-view style.[2] Anderson first pitched the idea of the Eyes in the Dark to producers Joseph Cole and Mike Ash in 2007 while finishing their first film, Warrior's End. Principal photography was done during the summer of 2008, but additional scenes were filmed later.[3]


The film had its world premiere on April 25, 2010 at the Alabama International Film Festival.[4][5] In 2010, it was also an official selection for Seattle's True Independent Film Festival, Fright Night Film Fest, Local Sightings, and Killer Film Fest.[5] The movie was released on DVD through Amazon.com on March 21, 2011.[6]


Viewings of the trailer for Eyes in the Dark created curiosity for what the red eyes are.[7] After attending an early, private screening, movie reviewer Jeff Walls said that he “enjoyed the film” and it “was edited together really well.”[1] Just before the DVD release, Reviewer Hal C. F. Astell describes the movie as "astounding" in comparison to big budget movies like Avatar. He goes on to say, "it's refreshing to see such a carefully crafted micro-budget film."[8]


  1. ^ a b "Local Filmmakers Debut Their Horror Flick". Seattle Post Intelligencer. 2009-11-05. 
  2. ^ "Dreams From the Dark". Undead Backbrain. February 23, 2010. 
  3. ^ "An Eye for Directing". The Issaquah Press. February 2, 2010. 
  4. ^ "Festival Films". Alabama International Film Festival. April 2010. 
  5. ^ a b "Northwest Filmmaker Has World Premiere In The Southeast". FirstFright.com. 2010-04-25. 
  6. ^ "Eyes in the Dark: Movies & TV". Amazon.com. 2011-03-21. 
  7. ^ "What Are the Eyes in the Dark Staring Back at You?". Dread Central. 2010-03-06. 
  8. ^ "Apocalypse Later: Eyes in the Dark (2010)". Apocalypse Later. 2011-01-028.  Check date values in: |date= (help)

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