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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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Jenny
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Len
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Brian
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Lucy
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Father Clifton
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Mr. Price
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Hilary Barnes
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Jeanette
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Edna
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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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Based on the true story of the most terrifying poltergeist haunting in British history See more »

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14 September 2012 (UK)  »

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Kada se Pogase Svetla  »

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

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The film is set in 1974, yet Sally puts up a poster in her bedroom of a anime series "One Piece" which came out in 1997. See more »

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

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Vinyl Girl
Performed by The Living Dead
Written by Marc Canham and Rich Aitken
Published by Copyright Control
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Good film (nothing new though)
24 November 2014 | by See all my reviews

Okay, take Poltergeist and The Exorcist then move them to seventies Yorkshire and you basically have When the Lights Went Out. It's supposedly based on a true story (but aren't they always?) about a family who encounter a particularly nasty spook in their house.

This is a film where I can find many positives and only one negative. The good things are the setting (if you ignore the occasional Sky Digital dish in the background). They do a good job of portraying seventies England. The actors are also all believable. The film centres quite a bit on two young girls. Kids in films (and especially horror films) tend to be either highly annoying, or just totally unlikeable. However, I found these two girls quite endearing and hopefully they will have a long acting career ahead of them. Also, it's quite creepy. The scares are sometimes predictable, but they're there nonetheless.

About the only thing that's negative is that - as far as story-telling goes - is that there's nothing new here. Hollywood has been churning out these sorts of films for years and all you have here is a British (period) version of one of those types.

If you're in the mood for an easy-going British horror flick, definitely give this one a go. Just don't expect anything revolutionary.


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