Dark Circles

Synopsis: Haunted house film about a pair of sleep deprived parents who begin to experience disturbing visions after moving from the city to a country estate. Alex and Penny have just become parents of a baby boy when they decide that the city is no place to raise a child. Relocating to a farmhouse, the couple finds their relationship deteriorating due to the demands of caring for a newborn, including a lack of sleep. When Alex and Penny begin seeing a mysterious woman around the house, they at first dismiss the sightings as hallucinations brought on by sleep deprivation. But as the visions appear more often, the parents are forced to consider that evils are at work in their home. By the time the truth about their new home is revealed, their tenuous grip on sanity has already begun to slip.
Genre: Horror
Director(s): Paul Soter
Production: After Dark Films
87 min


Are... Are you okay?

Do you speak English?

Oh, my God.

Oh, my God. Here.

Come in, come in. Here.

I'm gonna get you a doctor.

Lie down right here.

You're okay?

Okay, yeah, just lie down.

Oh, my God. Oh, God.




Oh, my God.


Please, please don't.

I'll do anything. Please.




You thirsty?


Okay. All right.

All right. All right.


- Thank you.

- You're welcome.

Thank y'all. Thank y'all.

All right, all right.

We let Alex shine a little bit

on that last one.

The bad news is our man won't be

with us too much longer.

He's decided to leave the nest.

Fly off on his own.

Think you can handle it?

All right. Two, three, four...

Look, there's a reason why you can

get a big house in the sticks for dirt cheap.

It's a wasteland.

It's not set.

I mean, one day she wants to go,

the next she wants to stay.

She's all over the map.

It's a pregnancy thing.

Well, if you think it's such a great idea,

then why wait?

I knew it.

You don't wanna go.

- You don't wanna go.

- It'll be fine.

Three hours away?

I'm never gonna see you.

I just can't imagine

raising a baby in the city.

This house, it is like

a Malibu Barbie dream house.

I mean, this would be a project for me,

not some client.

And Alex is cool with it?


I mean, he's in the middle

of finishing up all these demos

and even ifjust a couple of them pay off,

then he can support me.

I'm very happy for you.

Thank you.

Oh, God.

You know what that look was, right?

Yes, I do.

I understand you're strapped,

but she'd be just as happy

with a placeholder ring.

I don't wanna be that guy.

I'm not gonna get her a piece of shit.

Okay, okay. I thought

maybe you were one of those people

who doesn't believe in marriage.

Your parents were married, right?

Three times each.

Now we're getting someplace.

So sorry.

When you stare at us while you're talking,

then we know you're talking about us.

Women have amazing powers.

Can I get you a non-alcoholic beer?

No, we have to go back to the office.

We have to finish up some work.

- Work?

- Yeah.

Yeah, you guys are going to Chippendales,

where some oily guy's gonna

give her a lap dance.

I don't have a lap.


May I?

May you what? What are you... God!

Oh, my God, my back!

It's all these things

I never thought about before.

Like, I don't have a little brother,

I don't have a little sister,

I never even babysat,

and now I worry about everything, like,

what if I drop him on his head?

No, I'm being serious.

They come with skulls.

My mother's a disaster.

I mean, what if that's genetic?

What if I inherit

all her maternal incompetence?

I don't think there's a gene for that, Penny.


- Penny?

- Oh, my God.

Oh, my God.

- Yeah.

- Oh, my God!

- Yes.

- Oh, my God!

Michael. God damn it,

why don't you answer the phone?

Listen, if you're still with Alex,

tell him we are at the hospital.

We can't a hold of him and Penny is in labor.

Call me when you get this.


- It's gonna be okay.

- Okay.

I missed it.

It happened really fast.

I can't believe I missed it.

Come in, come on, here.





So tell me everything.

Honestly, I don't even remember.

It's like I blacked everything out.

He's so cute.

You're so cute.

Okay. This is your dad.


That's your dad, huh?

Boy, we can just

about handle anything now, huh?

This side is up.

Hey, I know you're working,

but I talked to the realtor in Stanton.

I told him if he cut his fee in half,

we could close the deal right now.

He must be sick of my haggling

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Paul Soter

Paul Soter (born August 16, 1969) is an American actor, writer, and director, and one of the members of the Broken Lizard comedy group. As a child, he lived in Sacramento, Anchorage, Phoenix, and Denver. He graduated from Colgate University and was a member of the Beta Theta Pi fraternity. During his time there, he was a member of the Charred Goosebeak troupe along with the members of Broken Lizard. more…

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