Film Review by Mikey Lance
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.
Horror fans were pumped back in 2013 when a viral video worked its way to the front page of Reddit. It left hearts racing and surely generated a few shouts around quiet offices worldwide. The concept of Lights Out was simple: If the light is out, it's coming for you. David F. Sandberg's short film won a Fright Meter Award for best short and we thought that was the end of it, but here we are in 2016, and now we have a feature length film! Also, on board is fright-film great, James Wan (Saw, The Conjuring and Insidious franchises) who's helping produce the directorial debut of Sandberg.
From the first scene, people around the theater were doing what they could to get through, distracting themselves on phones and clutching the arms of their chairs. That remained a constant through much of the film, with one frightful scene applauded once it was finally over. Whoever you talk to, viewers of this film will not say it falls short in the scares department.
Perhaps the only part that seemed to let it down a bit was the additional of some horror clichés that just don't seem to fit such an original and frightening premise. Some scenes were predictable and some dialogue, too familiar, but the acting was solid considering what they were given. Lead actress Teresa Palmer carries the film well and her history with the film's monster only added to eerie vibe.
A must see for horror fans - original ideas coupled with suspense and scares galore.
Releases: 21st July 2016
Duration: 81 minutes
Duration: 81 minutes
Starring: Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Maria Bello
Director: David F. Sandberg (Debut Feature Film)
David F. Sandberg decided to focus on practical effects and avoided as much CGI as possible.
Lotta Losten, star of the original short, returns for a role in this adaptation in her feature film debut.
Director David Sandberg aimed to use as much authentic lighting for the film as possible and some scenes are only lit by candlelights or fluorescent tubes.
Teresa Palmer's second horror film. The first was The Grudge 2, made 10 years earlier.
This movie is based on the short movie Lights Out (2013).
Teresa Palmer hadn't seen the design of Diana, until she filmed her first scene with her on a completely dark set.
The film was pushed from a winter to a summer release following positive audience reaction from test screenings.
The mannequins in the basement were not brought in for the movie. It was already placed there by the owner of the house.
David Sandberg was hired to direct Annabelle 2 after working on this film and began preproduction before this was released in theatres.
During the opening sequence of the movie, a bobble head with a large smile across its face similar to the original monster design on the office bookshelf as a nod to the original 3-minute short.
This movie is among one of the few movies that received a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes before its release by critics. Previous titles with the same achievement includes 'Zootopia' and 'Frozen'.