Encounter (2018 film)

Encounter is an American science fiction film starring Luke Hemsworth, Anna Hutchison, Tom Atkins, Glenn Keogh, Vincent M. Ward, Cheryl Texiera and Christopher Showerman, and is written and directed by Paul J. Salamoff.

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Directed byPaul J. Salamoff
Written byPaul J. Salamoff
StarringLuke Hemsworth
Release date
  • December 9, 2018 (2018-12-09) (Other Worlds Austin)
CountryUnited States


A group of friends make a remarkable discovery in a rural field: a crashed spacecraft. Then they discover that there was a survivor. They bring the otherworldly being back to their home, but they soon discover that it holds even greater secrets than they could imagine. But as government agents start to show rising interest in the event, time is running out to ascertain the alien's true intentions.


  • Luke Hemsworth as Will Dawkins
  • Anna Hutchison as Jessica Dawkins
  • Cheryl Texiera as Teresa Fleming
  • Tom Atkins as Professor Westlake
  • Christopher Showerman as Jonathan Brandt
  • Vincent M. Ward as Marcus Doyle
  • Glenn Keogh as Brent Fleming
  • Wendy Davis as Agent Tevis
  • Peter Holden as Agent Banks
  • Kenny Barr as Agent Strugatsky
  • TJ Jackson as Agent Lem
  • Sarah Booth as Rachel
  • Susan Willis as Professor Westlake's Wife
  • Tweed Michael Manning as Professor Westlake's Father
  • Shannon Edwards as Hospital Patient
  • Catherine Jerald as Professor Westlake's Mother
  • Callie Eckley as Shannon (as Callie Marie Eckley)
  • Don Kittilson as SWAT Team Member
  • David Sward as SWAT Team Member, Special Agent


In April 2017, filming began in and around Augusta, Georgia. Director Paul J. Salamoff chose to direct in Augusta as he had a prior favorable opinion of the city, stating that it had "not only great tax incentives, but also a great crew base". Landmarks in the film included Paine College.[1] Salamoff also stated that "“The world of ‘Encounter’ is a nod back to classic sci-fi movies of the ’70s and ’80s".[2]

Actor Luke Hemsworth was announced as the film's lead. Other actors that were brought in included Anna Hutchison and Tom Atkins.[3] Glenn Keogh was brought on to replace another actor shortly before filming began, due to issues with the actor's work visa.[4] Coincidentally, Anna Hutchinson played the girlfriend of a character played by Luke Hemsworth's younger brother, Chris Hemsworth, in her second film, The Cabin in the Woods.


Encounter premiered on December 9, 2018 at the Other Worlds Austin film festival.[5][6] This was followed by a release to VOD on October 1, 2019.[7][8]


Encounter received reviews from Flickering Myth and Film Threat, both of which heavily criticized the movie's plot, editing, and special effects.[9][10] Film critic Jackie K. Cooper was more favorable, writing that "It looks like your run of the mill sci-fi adventure - but it's not. Luke Hemsworth underplays his part and is that much more effective. Plus the movie has just enough of a twist to keep you watching every scene for clues as to what is going on."[11]


  1. ^ "Sci-fi movie 'Encounter' to begin filming next week throughout Augusta". Wrdw.com. April 13, 2017. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  2. ^ Stacy Cox (April 24, 2017). "Encounter In Production Eyes November 2017 Release - DecayMag". DecayMag. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  3. ^ Dave McNary (April 19, 2017). "Luke Hemsworth Starring in Sci-Fi Drama 'Encounter'". Variety. Retrieved July 22, 2017.
  4. ^ Picone, Jack (June 3, 2019). "Q&A with NYFA Instructor Paul Salamoff, Writer/Director of 'Encounter'". New York Film Academy Blog. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  5. ^ "2018 film lineup". Other Worlds Austin.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  6. ^ "NEWS | Encounter the Movie". ENCOUNTER. Retrieved February 18, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  7. ^ "Luke Hemsworth in Official Trailer for Indie Sci-Fi Thriller 'Encounter'". FirstShowing.net. Retrieved February 18, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  8. ^ "Exclusive! Trailer and Poster for Luke Hemsworth sci-fi thriller Encounter". JoBlo.com. August 30, 2019. Retrieved February 18, 2021.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  9. ^ "Movie Review - Encounter (2019)". Flickering Myth. September 29, 2019. Retrieved February 18, 2021.
  10. ^ Saveliev, Alex (October 1, 2019). "Encounter (review)". Film Threat.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  11. ^ "Encounter". Rotten Tomatoes.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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