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Lights Out (2016)

PG-13 | | Horror | 22 July 2016 (USA)
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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.

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Storyline

A man called Paul is working after hours and is murdered by a supernatural entity in the shadow. When his son, the boy Martin, is frightened by the same creature, he sees his mother Sophie talking to an imaginary friend called Diana in the shadow of her room. Martin does not sleep anymore during the night. His older step sister Rebecca who lives alone is summoned by the social assistant. She brings Martin home and recalls her own experience with Diana years ago when she was young. Rebecca and her boyfriend Bret investigate the connection of Sophie with Diana and come up to a scary revelation about their past. Written by Claudio Carvalho, Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

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You were right to be afraid of the dark. See more »

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Rated PG-13 for terror throughout, violence including disturbing images, some thematic material and brief drug content | See all certifications »

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22 July 2016 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Lights Out  »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

$21,688,103, 24 July 2016, Wide Release

Gross USA:

$67,235,683, 25 September 2016

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$89,999,818, 12 August 2016
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2.35 : 1
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Trivia

A youtuber by the name of CreepsMcPasta claimed that the director of "Lights Out" David F. Sandberg may have stolen the idea of the concept from one of his YouTube stories titled "The Abstergo Man". Even though the film was based on the short film of the same name which was also directed by Sandberg, the short was released on December of 2013 while the "Abstergo Man" story was uploaded to YouTube on October of 2013 which was two months earlier from the release of the short film. The two stories also share similarities of plot which involves around a dark figure that appears when the lights are off and disappears when the lights are turned on. So far, Sandberg himself has not replied to this accusation. See more »

Goofs

(at around 14 mins) When the social worker is talking to Rebecca, she asks if Martin is her brother. Rebecca responds that they are step-siblings. This is factually untrue since we learn later on in the movie that they both have the same mother. Therefore, they are half-siblings, not step-siblings. See more »

Quotes

[first lines]
Paul: [on video call] Hey, kiddo.
Martin: Hey, dad. Are you coming home soon?
Paul: Yeah, uh, in an hour or so. What's up? Where's mom?
Martin: I don't think she's feeling good.
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No person or entity associated with this film received payment or anything of value, or entered into an agreement, in connection with the depiction of tobacco products. See more »

Connections

References Ri¢hie Ri¢h (1994) See more »

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Enemy
Written by Bret Autrey
Performed by Bret Autrey (as Blue Stahli)
Courtesy of FIXT Music/Position Music
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Basic jump-scare flick, nothing more
19 July 2016 | by See all my reviews

Lights Out doesn't break any new ground, nor does it really attempt to. 81 minutes of PG-13 jump scares and basic horror tropes in the vein of The Grudge. Not bad for a summer fright fest, but don't expect more as you won't find it here. Technically it looked and sounded great, with a notable crazy-mom performance from Maria Bello.

If you've seen the director's original short you've basically seen this movie already, however if you're looking for a quick scare without a lot of substance this should do the trick. For a good storyline with stylish direction look elsewhere, as the missed opportunities pile up rather quickly with this one.


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