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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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Pat Holden

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Pat Holden
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Kate Ashfield ... Jenny
Steven Waddington ... Len
Craig Parkinson ... Brian
Andrea Lowe ... Rita
Tasha Connor ... Sally
Hannah Clifford Hannah Clifford ... Lucy
Gary Lewis ... Father Clifton
Martin Compston ... Mr. Price
Molly Windsor ... Pale Girl
Tony Pitts ... Hilary Barnes
Jo Hartley ... Jeanette
Ross Mullan ... Monk
Hester Evans Hester Evans ... Edna
Graham Hornsby Graham Hornsby ... Tony
Matt Connor Matt Connor ... Lute Player
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Storyline

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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Country:

UK

Language:

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Release Date:

14 September 2012 (UK) See more »

Also Known As:

Kada se Pogase Svetla See more »

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Kintop Pictures See more »
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Color

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2.35 : 1
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Written and directed by the original haunting family's nephew, Pat Holden. See more »

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In the opening scene when the men are unloading the vehicle, in the background you can clearly see one house has a satellite dish and later on another house is seen in the background with a UPVC extension, both not available at the time the film was set See more »

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

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Swan Lake
Performed by Marc Canham
Written by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
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Recommended -- much better than most contemporary American ghost films.
16 November 2012 | by ricolowrySee all my reviews

I reluctantly began watching what seemed to be yet another Paranormal Activity ripoff but was gradually pulled into the storyline by Pat Holden's fine direction and performances. The mood was effective as was the music score and sound design. I'm a big fan of ghost films, particularly Robert Wise's THE HAUNTING and Peter Medak's THE CHANGELING. While this film doesn't reach those heights, it is so much more effective than any of the American ghost films of the last few years.

I'm also intrigued by paranormal films based on true stories, which this one claims to be, adding more creepiness to the viewing. Making a good chilling film is not nearly as easy as it seems, so hats off to the creators of this good little film.


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