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Copyright © 2010 Todd Miro

Enter the Dark

Charles has a problem. There's something in his house scaring his family and it just won't leave them alone. They've all heard voices, seen dark shapes moving in the shadows, felt that uneasy sensation of being watched. Finally Charles captures something on his audio recorder that proves they're not all going crazy. He decides to make a stand, enlisting the help of his long-time buddy, Rob Tupper, to delve into the mystery of his unwanted guest and hopefully send it on its way. If they can somehow figure out what the entity is and what it wants, maybe they can all finally have some peace.

Rob's worried about his buddy. He's been acting really strange lately ... well, even stranger than usual. Rob knows that things have been rough for Charles - struggling to make ends meet in a down economy, dealing with the unexplained disappearance of his brother-in-law, and now these claims of some ghost harassing his family. Rob is skeptical that there's anything paranormal going on, but he agrees to help his friend out if only to find out the real nature of the problem.

With the lights out, they are led on an adventure of paranormal encounters: cold spots, an eerie talking children's book, unexplained apparitions and a final mystery.

Film notes

I wanted to take the traditional ghost story setup and play with it a bit - prey on the viewers' knowledge and expectations, and create a twist at the end that would ultimately be much more horrifying. I also wanted to interject a bit of humor and vérité throughout.

Shot on location in the director's house over a six month period using a Canon 7D DSLR and a Sony Handycam night-vision HD camera.
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Copyright © 2010 Todd Miro

Awards and nominations

Merit Award
Accolade Competition | 2010
19 Nov | United States
Best Short Film
19 Nov – 21 Nov | United States
Merit Award
The Indie Fest | 2010
29 Nov | United States
Best Scare
8 Apr – 10 Apr | United States
Best Horror Short Film
14 Apr – 17 Apr | United States
Best Short Thriller
25 Apr – 1 May | United States
Best Paranormal Short Film
28 Oct – 30 Oct | United States

Previous screenings

2010
24 Sep – 26 Sep | Chicago, United States
21 Oct – 24 Oct | Sacramento, United States
21 Oct – 23 Oct | Grand Rapids, United States
Accolade Competition | 2010
19 Nov | La Jolla, United States
Merit Award
19 Nov – 21 Nov | Columbus, United States
Best Short Film
The Indie Fest | 2010
29 Nov | La Jolla, United States
Merit Award
2011
9 Feb – 12 Feb | Boulder City, United States
11 Feb – 13 Feb | Sanford, United States
31 Mar – 8 Apr | Sydney, Australia
8 Apr – 10 Apr | Beverly Hills, United States
Best Scare
14 Apr – 17 Apr | Colorado Springs, United States
Best Horror Short Film
15 Apr – 17 Apr | Novi, United States
25 Apr – 1 May | Muskogee, United States
Best Short Thriller
5 May – 8 May | United Kingdom
Another Hole in the Head | 2011
2 Jun – 16 Jun | San Francisco, United States
Pittsburgh Horror Film Festival | 2011
3 Jun – 5 Jun | Pittsburgh, United States
3 Jun – 12 Jun | Seattle, United States
16 Jul | Montgomery, United States
22 Jul – 24 Jul | Louisville, United States
22 Jul – 30 Jul | Long Beach, United States
11 Aug – 28 Aug | New York City, United States
2 Sep – 5 Sep | Atlanta, United States
8 Sep – 18 Sep | Toronto, Canada
15 Sep – 17 Sep | Atlanta, United States
22 Sep – 25 Sep | Tulsa, United States
30 Sep – 2 Oct | Burbank, United States
13 Oct – 16 Oct | Washington, United States
20 Oct – 22 Oct | Tucson, United States
20 Oct – 26 Oct | Guaynabo, Puerto Rico
26 Oct – 30 Oct | Buffalo, United States
27 Oct – 30 Oct | Providence, United States
28 Oct – 30 Oct | Baton Rouge, United States
Best Paranormal Short Film
4 Nov – 6 Nov | Arlington, United States
11 Nov – 12 Nov | Atlanta, Georgia, United States
2012
17 Feb – 19 Feb | Durham, United States
13 Apr – 14 Apr | Chicago, United States
3 May – 6 May | Saskatoon, Canada
19 Oct – 21 Oct | Richland, United States

Latest press reviews/articles

REVIEW
“... an entertaining, scary and thought-provoking short film. The acting is also top-notch, with actors Charles Yoakum and Rob Sandusky putting on convincing performances. ...”
7 Feb 2011 | Sarah Jahier | Fatally Yours
REVIEW
“... It's quick, fun and a bit spooky and, as promised, watching Enter the Dark in the dark makes it all the more effective. ...”
30 Jan 2011 | Matt-suzaka | Chuck Norris Ate My Baby
REVIEW
“... Miro's story works like a good horror tale should, suckering us in with one hand while it's preparing to pop up and scare us with the other. There's a command here that can't be taught, and Miro shows a natural gift for creating tension. ...”
4 Jan 2011 | The Mike | From Midnight With Love
REVIEW
“... one of those short cool films that is efficiently produced and directed, well written and acted and a damn good use of a spare 17 minutes. ...”
Rating: 3.5 Stars
21 Dec 2010 | Greg Roberts | Killer Reviews
REVIEW
“... a sonic achievement of style and horror, but in a very psychological way. ...”
10 Dec 2010 | Sir Jorge | Scary Film Review
REVIEW
“... a nail biting bonanza of moments that will definitely keep audiences watching in anticipation the entire time ...”
Rating: 3 stars
21 Nov 2010 | Felix Vasquez Jr. | Cinema Crazed
REVIEW
“... effectively creepy with an atmosphere that kept me looking over my shoulder constantly. ...”
20 Nov 2010 | Chris Hallock | All Things Horror
REVIEW
“... Fans of Paranormal Activity will be happy to discover this spooky short! ...”
Rating: 7 out of 10
18 Nov 2010 | Carl Manes | I Like Horror Movies
REVIEW
“... Enter the Dark is an effective, psychologically thrilling chiller ... involving, slick and suspenseful. ...”
Rating: 3 stars
8 Nov 2010 | The Independent Critic
INTERVIEW
“... Interview with Todd Miro, writer/director of the short film "Enter The Dark" ...”
9 Sep 2010 | Dead Harvey
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Enter the Dark has received a new award at Bare Bones International Film and Music Festival. | more...
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