Lights Out (2016)
Directed by David F. Sandberg
Based on Lights Out by David F. Sandberg
Starring: Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Billy Burke, Maria Bello, Lotta Losten
Plot Synopsis: (via IMDB)
When her little brother, Martin, experiences the same events that once tested her sanity, Rebecca works to unlock the truth behind the terror, which brings her face to face with an entity that has an attachment to their mother, Sophie.
So, this was a great little short film on YouTube (link HERE). Watch it! It’s only a few minutes long. I was really surprised when I found out that this short film would be made into a long film (well, not really – it’s only 1 hour & 21 minutes!). I was expecting this to possibly be awful but then it got very positive reviews so I got excited since it’s difficult to find any decent horror movies these days. This film is okay. Not great, not awful, just average. I think people are just shocked when a horror film doesn’t 100% suck so they go a little overboard on praise. But it has some creepy moments & does show promise. Overall, it feels slightly more original than a lot of films in this genre nowadays.
I think the biggest problem with this longer film is that there’s now too much of an explanation of the “figure in the dark”. Why do so many horror films feel the need to spell everything out for us? I like a bit of a mystery! I’m more scared of the unknown & the unseen (or the barely glimpsed). Glimpsed is a very weird word, isn’t it? Say it ten times! Sounds bizarre. The mysterious “figure in the dark” in Lights Out is terrifying. THAT scares the shit out of me. Even now I’m not a fan of the dark & usually have a small light on somewhere when I go to bed. How many of us have been scared by strange human-shaped shadows in the dark?
So, for those of you who like a full backstory & explanation, I promise that you do get one. It’s not a bad story & I liked it fine but personally prefer the mystery of the short film. Everyone puts in a decent performance & I especially liked the characters of Teresa Palmer’s little brother & her hot metalhead boyfriend who is a total sweetheart. They all do some idiotic things, like the majority of horror movie characters, but I’ll forgive that this time since it’s a mega short film & goes straight into the action yet still manages an okay amount of character development considering its short running time. I found it kind of hilarious that Teresa Palmer was a metalhead chick because she had to grow up with a crazy mother who talked to strange figures in the dark. Because having a bad childhood naturally makes you listen to heavy metal! I must have had a bad childhood. Teresa Palmer looked really hot as a metalhead, though – I think the metal chick eyeliner suits her.
Oh, I hate being old. I didn’t read anything about this movie beforehand so, when it started, I thought Teresa Palmer & Maria Bello were going to be sisters instead of mother & daughter. Ugh. I suppose that makes sense since there’s a 19 year age difference (Yes, I looked up their ages). Both are older than I thought & I think Palmer is meant to be playing an early twentysomething when she’s actually 30 in real life. But, still – it’s depressing when you realize you’re at the age where you’re meant to be identifying with the parents or, even worse, the grandparents in movies. Not that I identify with the mother in THIS one – she’s completely bonkers! HA! Hahaha! HAHAHAHAHA!!!! I’m actually a hot twentysomething metal chick in my mind, at least. 😉
Lights Out isn’t perfect but it has some effective scary moments with creative use of lighting & sound. There were a few times in the cinema where the noises made by the dark figure sounded like they were coming from directly next to me so that was a bit unsettling (I know nothing about this sort of thing – maybe I was just in a good position in the theater). I also went to this alone and no one sat near me, which helps add to a movie’s creepiness. We end up knowing & seeing a bit too much to remain fully unsettled but, overall, this is a fairly good supernatural horror (my favorite type) and better than a lot of the current crap in this genre. But with films such as It Follows & especially the brilliant The Babadook finally proving that supernatural horror movies can be really damn good, other films in this genre are going to have to raise their game more than this one manages in order to keep me from being a little disappointed.
My Rating: 6.5/10
**Just want to make a quick mention of Gene Wilder passing away yesterday. 2016 has been an awful year for celebrity deaths. The film & music industry have lost so many hugely talented people this year. R.I.P. Gene Wilder. Pure Imagination will always be my favorite moment of his…
I’ve been hearing pretty good things about Lights Out so I’m glad to hear that although it had some issues you still liked it overall. And that moment from Willy Wonka is my favorite of Gene Wilders also.
Yeah, it’s not bad. : ) A lot of horror is awful so it’s at least better than that. A good “renter” but not one you’d really have to go out to the theater to see. Wilder made that film – wouldn’t be such a huge classic without him. Sad loss. : (
Gotta check this one out myself. Good review! 🙂
Thanks! I think you’d like this one okay, to be honest. : )
Oh, Gene Wilder
NOBOBY did hysteria like him in Th Producers – no one cld react to getting sent down for 120 yrs like him in Stir Crazy – all of Young Frankenstein and – oh yes – all of Willy Wonka
Why must w lose all th best music makers and dreamers? esp this yr?!
Thank u for loading this classic song – been playing it every am this wk
I must admit I’ve not seen a lot of his work beyond Willy Wonka. I’ve not seen The Producers or Young Frankenstein. Did see Stir Crazy but it was many years ago & I don’t remember it. But he was an amazingly talented guy. This year has taken far too many celebs from us!
Thank u for your Comment.
Yes, too many of th good ones w have lost this yr.
I recommend both The Producers or Young Frankenstein – such enjoyable classics.
Thank u for stopping by
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Welcome to my October Horror Month! I’ll be posting only horror movie reviews & horror top tens this month. At the weekends I’ll be reblogging previous horror reviews I’ve posted so I figured I’d start with a very current film. Here’s my review of Lights Out…
Nice review, i gave it the same score because the scares are good but the story feels forced and copied from other films.
Thanks! : ) Yeah, this one definitely had some potential. Like most horrors, though, they never can get the story quite right…
I keep thinking Lights Out is the name of that movie with the blind guy and the stupid kids. I have no idea why haha.
Lol. Nope – that’s Don’t Breathe. I reviewed that the other day & pretty much hated it. Awful, hateful characters! 😦
I’ve been having the same issue mixing up Lights Out and Don’t Breath. Lights Out is the one I’ve been wanting to see only I never got around to it.
Yep – I’d possibly recommend Lights Out. I don’t recommend Don’t Breathe! : )
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