Film: Lights Out
Gen Info: Released:2016 Rating: Horror/ Thriller
Directed By: David F. Sandberg
Starring: Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Billy Burke, Maria Bello, and Alexander DiPersia.
Key Details: The Wells works through an expected death and also confronts a demon from the past at the same time. Lights out had a $4.9 Million dollar budget and grossed $148.9 million at the box office. The film is based around Sandberg’s 2013 short film of the same name.
Ratings: IMDB: 6.3/10 Rotten Tomatoes: 76% Metacritic: 58% Google Users: 86%
My Rating: 4/5 thumbs up for great horror, a solid story, and just a smooth execution overall.
Have I watched this before?: Nope, this was brand new to me and recommended by my wife’s friend. Solid recommendation!
What Could Have Been Better: This film was built for scaring you. It was a low budget horror that spoke to me and my fear of the unknown but needed a little something more to make it a solid 5. I’ll get back to you on that. Maybe not use a candle in the next interaction you have with Diana?
What I loved: The storytelling in Lights Out was a solid step by step process you felt involved in the story and not lost as they unrolled the story in a smart way that was engaging, thrilling, and inviting the entire film. The supernatural feel was not over the top the ability to address real-world fears such as depression, fear of being left, and coping with our pasts all resonated well through this film and helped this film stand out for me. It was not just a cheap jump scare festival of a film. Despite its short runtime(81 minutes), it delivers a quality scare session that does not feel cheap or rushed.
Final Thoughts: Lights Out brings a smart thriller combined with folklore to the table in an effective way that makes sense, isn’t over the top with unnecessary CGI and pointless thrills. it is a smooth blend of real-world problems combined with just the right amount of supernatural thrill added. The cast did a great job of expressing their fear in their portrayal of Sandberg’s Lights Out. I recommend this film when you’re looking for a thrilling film. It was .99 on iTunes so not going to break the bank to rent this one.
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