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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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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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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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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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Little Willy
Performed by Sweet
Written by Nicky Chinn and Mike Chapman
Published by Universal Music Publishing MGB Ltd
Courtesy of Sony Music Entertainment UK Ltd
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Solid entry- part horror, part family drama
24 February 2014 | by amesmondeSee all my reviews

Yorkshire, 1974: the Maynard family moves into their dream house but soon discovery it is already occupied by a violent spirit.

Based on what is regarded as the most violent poltergeist haunting in Europe and not to be confused with the 'Enfield Poltergeist', from the metal bins to glass milk bottles, cigarette filled pubs, Buckaroo, Kerr plunk, wood panelled walls, seventies patterned wallpaper and 70's TV to name a few When the Lights Went Out is worth viewing for the 70s nostalgia alone.

Director Pat Holden takes some queues from some well know horrors and parts of his offering are unavoidably reminiscent of The Amativille Horror, The Exorcist and Poltergeist. Although the closing is unnecessary effects laden, the overall unassuming setting adds to the ominous and uneasy feel, this coupled with the minimal melodic music and lighting create some good tension.

With haunting figures and things going bump in the coal shed and dwelling as the family becomes more convinced their house isn't right, it becomes quite compelling viewing especially for those also familiar with the well documented alleged haunting. The creepy sound design makes the most mundane objects jumpy and menacing as the incidents escalate throughout. Along with the on location feel amongst the expertly recreated period, the everyday UK setting adds to an air of realism.

Part horror, part family drama what's interesting is the haunting events and its effect on the daughter and family and the reaction of the school and local community. It's well filmed and acted, notable are Kate Ashfield , Steven Waddington, Tasha Connor with Craig Parkinson Martin Compston and Andrea Lowe providing some good performances in supporting roles.

With a bit of artistic licence, based on The Black Monk of Pontefract, Holden gives the events context and structure to a story that's well acted amounting to a solid British haunting film.


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