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When the Lights Went Out (2012)

Poltergeists attack a family in Yorkshire during the 1974 nationwide blackouts.

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Len
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Yorkshire, 1974. Britain is in recession, the oil crisis and black outs loom large. The Maynard family move into their dream house, only to find a "presence" already living there. Len, Jenny and their daughter Sally must struggle to keep their already-fragile family together as they are attacked by poltergeists. Soon it becomes apparent that Sally is their main focus of attention. The house becomes a living nightmare. They must exorcise the evil spirits for them to survive. Written by Anonymous

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Written and directed by the original haunting family's nephew, Pat Holden. See more »

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The first time Sally goes to school she leaves the house with her hair in a pony tail, but when she's filmed inside the school bus her hair is down. See more »

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Version of Most Haunted: 30 East Drive - Part 1 (2015) See more »

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Pit of darkness
9 September 2015 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

A ghost story set in 1970s Yorkshire is unusual. The Maynards move in to a new house in 1974. Their teenage daughter quickly believes that their is something spooky in the house with unusual paranormal activities.

It soon becomes clear a poltergeist is in the house and is threatening the family and anyone else entering the house. The family get a priest to perform an exorcism. It seems that there are two spirits in the house. An evil priest that once raped and killed young girls and another, a young girl which is trying to warn the family to get out of the house.

The film has a good period setting which stinks of mid 1970s Britain and its also goes for eeriness rather than gore as well as some Yorkshire wit and grit.

However it does feel a lot like a television film to me not helped by the fact that several members of the cast of the television series, Line of Duty turn up here. It also reminded me somewhat of the recent BBC television series, Remember Me that starred Michael Palin.

The more obvious comparisons are though is the original version of Poltergeist with shades of The Exorcism thrown in.

So there is nothing novel here but its a well made, low budget drama. The ending however just feels a little too contrived and feel good though.


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