Lights Out (2016)

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Lights Out (2016)
Genre: Supernatural

Horror

Thriller

Photography: Marc Spicer
Running Time: 81 minutes
Country: United States
Release Date: June 8, 2016 (Los Angeles Film Festival)

July 22, 2016 (United States)

Directed by: David F. Sandberg
Written by: Eric Heisserer
Distributed by: Warner Bros. Pictures
Starring: Teresa Palmer

Gabriel Bateman

Alexander DiPersia

Billy Burke

Maria Bello

Lights Out is a 2016 American supernatural horror film directed by David F. Sandberg in his directorial debut, produced by Lawrence Grey, James Wan, and Eric Heisserer and written by Heisserer. It stars Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander DiPersia, Billy Burke, and Maria Bello. It is based on Sandberg's 2013 short film of the same name and features Lotta Losten, who also starred in the short.

Plot

Rebecca must unlock the terror behind her little brother's experiences that once tested her sanity, bringing her face to face with a supernatural spirit attached to their mother.

Why It Rocks

  1. Teresa Palmer and Gabriel Bateman do well in the lead roles as the unfortunate kids with a crazy mother, played by Maria Bello. 
  2. The movie's novel concept is a creature that can only be seen and manifest in the dark. Turn a torch on, and it disappears.
  3. Naturally, the movie spends a good amount in the dark, using the unsettling and tone to its advantage.
  4. The use of lighting is one of the movie's strong points and allows for some creative, and occasionally funny, uses of torches, candles and even car headlights. This technique generates a lot of the scares and atmosphere and given the movie's title.
  5. The supernatural horror is effective and does elicit a genuine threat to the characters.
  6. Maria Bello, in particular, does well to ramp up the threat levels and makes you wonder who is going to make it out alive. 
  7. The backstory of Diane, the central spirtiual antagonist of the film, is emotional yet interesting. 

Bad Qualities

  1. A problem with the movie is that apart from its main concept, it doesn't add much else with clichés like the mandatory dark basement. 

Trivia

  1. David F. Sandberg, director of this film and it's original short, will direct the upcoming Shazam!. In fact, Sandberg has stated that Shazam! will take place in the same universe as this film, meaning it is apart of the DCEU.