Who's afraid of the dark?
Village Jam Factory - Wednesday 27 July 2016, 8:00am
Running time: 82m
Country: United States
Classification: M (Sustained threat, supernatural themes and violence)
Release date: 21/07/16
Rating: 7.5/10 (ME 3.5/5, DP 4/5)
Martin (Gabriel Bateman) and his mother Sophie (Maria Bello) are grieving following the death of their father/husband Paul (Billy Burke) when the mysterious presence of Diana (Alicia Vela-Baily) makes life in their house unbearable. Unable to sleep, Martin stays with his much older sister Rebecca (Teresa Palmer), but Diana soon makes herself home in that space too. Their mother's past holds the secret to Diana's presence, but will they be able to discover the truth in time?
Lights Out is a supernatural thriller with a simple plot but a layer of sophistication lacking in many films in the genre. Building on his short film of the same name, David F. Sandberg delivers a short but satisfying thrill ride that uses all of the predictable cliches (don’t go into the basement!) and sleep deprivation (thanks Freddy) yet there is a freshness to the creepiness here that is delivered in spades. Sound and silence is used particularly well and is well worth experiencing in a cinema to get the full effect. There are many very scary moments that had us jumping in our seats, but it’s what isn’t seen that’s just as scary. The performances are enjoyable (Gabriel Bateman brings a surprising maturity to his role) and the script is tight and compelling. Recommended… but take spare undies. (ME)
NOTE: Lotta Losten from the original short film makes a small appearance in Lights Out.