A young woman wants to escape reality; she finds herself surrounded by the supernatural. A depressed young man wants to escape the outside world; he finds he's trapped in his own apartment. Both of them and their put-upon roommates are about to discover:

You cannot fight. You cannot hide.

You can only escape.


ESCAPE THE DARK is a supernatural/sci-fi film - the product of three years of work from Ben DeLoose and Matthew Chilelli. Ben and Matt wanted to make a low-budget horror film, so they took stock of what they had: tons of ambition, the best friends in the world, and an apartment.

They raised the money on Kickstarter and completed a film that people across the country have found to be both frightening and mind-bending.

ESCAPE THE DARK is currently showing at film festivals throughout America.

Written & Directed by

Matthew Chilelli and Ben DeLoose


Erik Moody, Sarah Nicklin, Karli Kaiser, Michael Slefinger



the filmmakers


Ben deloose

Co-Writer/Director, Producer

Ben has worked in development at various major media companies, most notably Disney-ABC Television Group and NBCUniversal. He got his start as an intern at Marvel Studios and is a graduate of Elon University.

Ben's focus on theme and character in his screenwriting and his directing is already earning Escape the Dark special notice from critics.

He is handling all things business-related to the film and can be reached at


matthew chilelli

Co-Writer/Director, Producer, Editor, Composer

The technical jack-of-all-trades for Escape the Dark, Matthew's vision for the look and sound of the film sets it apart from other low-budget horror entries.

Matthew is a professional editor and award-winning composer. He currently edits the popular screenwriting podcast “Scriptnotes” and contributes re-orchestrations of its theme. He grew up in Maine and is a graduate of Ithaca College.   


garrett stiger


A longtime collaborator with Ben and Matthew, Garrett provided essential notes on both screenplay and edit, and kept the set running like a well-oiled machine.

Garrett is currently a production coordinator for digital campaigns and is a graduate of Ithaca College.



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"It's a crowd-funded, micro-budget effort. Yet it delivers an engrossing story, full of unexpected twists and eerie suspense. It might even be that its low budget -- most of the film is set in the same apartment -- compelled the filmmakers to focus on story, characters, and theme."

-Thomas M. Sipos,



For all screening, festival, and press inquriries please contact Ben DeLoose at