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Laff 2016 Review: Lights Out is a Nightmarish & Fun Exploration of Fear

Sometimes you go into a movie as a horror fan just hoping that what you’re about to see will deliver the proverbial goods. Such was the case for me with Lights Out; I fell in love with David F. Sandberg’s brilliant short film by the same name when I first saw it, and so I was curious just how well his three-minute tale of terror would translate for longer-form storytelling. Honestly, though, Lights Out ended up being even more fun and terrifying than I could have possibly expected, as it brilliantly preys on our most primal fears and thoughtfully delves into mental health issues, with its villain becoming a metaphor for those who struggle with the all-consuming afflictions of the mind.

Lights Out centers on a young woman named Rebecca (Teresa Palmer from Warm Bodies) who left home years ago after her father vanished on her unstable mother,
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‘Lights Out’ Laff Review: Haunted House Spookfest Is More On Than Off

‘Lights Out’ Laff Review: Haunted House Spookfest Is More On Than Off
Horror films, by necessity, live in a world where what’s unseen is often scarier than what’s visible. The plucky and well-acted, if not always shiver-inducing, “Lights Out” — from first-time feature director David F. Sandberg, building on his popular viral short, and fright impresario James Wan (“The Conjuring 2”) — works a clever gimmick that seems tailor-made for the visual particulars of movies: a terrorizing figure one can only detect when there’s no illumination. That really means cagey indirect light, the kind that’s turned heaps of clothes into imagined monsters since kids were first tucked into beds. That the film.
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[Laff Review] ‘Lights Out’ Provides Sound Argument for Taking a Chance on Independent Filmmakers

[Laff Review] ‘Lights Out’ Provides Sound Argument for Taking a Chance on Independent Filmmakers
In 2013, director David F. Sandberg made a very simple but effective horror short titled “Lights Out”. In the short, an everyday woman turns off the light in her home before she goes to bed, only to discover a shadowy figure lurking in the darkness. She quickly flips the switch on and off, on and […]
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8 Movies We’re Excited to See at the 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival

The 2016 Los Angeles Film Festival kicks off on Wednesday, June 1st, and this year’s Nightfall lineup looks to be yet another strong selection of genre films set to thrill festival-goers night after night.

For those of you in the southern California area, the 2016 Laff runs through Thursday, June 9th and is calling the ArcLight Culver City Cinema home this year. Here’s a look at what we’re anticipating once the Laff begins later this week, and for more information on the festival, please visit:

http://www.filmindependent.org/la-film-festival/

Abattoir (directed by Darren Lynn Bousman)

Full disclosure: Abattoir was edited by my significant other, so I am certainly biased, but my enthusiasm for the film comes from my excitement to see Bousman return to the hardboiled world of horror after working on The Devil’s Carnival musicals and his comedy-infused segment in last year’s Tales of Halloween anthology.
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La Film Festival unveils Buzz, Limelight sections

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La Film Festival unveils Buzz, Limelight sections
Tribeca selection Kicks and the world premiere of horror tale Lights Out are among the films announced by festival organisers on Tuesday ahead of the June 1-9 run date.

The six non-competitive Buzz entries of films culled from other festivals include:

Don’t Think Twice from Mike Birbiglia; Equity by Meera Menon; Jean Of The Joneses by Stella Meghie; Kicks (pictured) from Justin Tipping; Life by Roger Ross Williams; and The Music Of Strangers from Morgan Neville.

All are Us films except Jean Of The Joneses, which hails from Canada.

The six non-competitive Limelight films “of fiction and documentary films featuring noteworthy talent” are all world premiere and include:

Free CeCe! by Jacqueline Gares; A Hundred Streets (UK) from Jim O’Hanlon; Lights Out David F. Sandberg; Opening Night (USA-Mexico) by Isaac Rentz; So B. It from Stephen Gyllenhaal; and The Sweet Life by Rob Spera.

All are Us films except those indicated otherwise.

“In the Buzz
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Ben Affleck To Direct And Star In Stand-Alone Batman Film

Warner Bros. Pictures showcased an impressive lineup of talents and highly anticipated films at this year’s CinemaCon, which generated tremendous excitement for the Studio’s wide-ranging slate. Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara opened the program and announced that Ben Affleck—who will again play the role of Batman in the upcoming Justice League movie—will direct, as well as star in, a new stand-alone Batman feature.

The Studio’s presentation was highlighted by trailers and film clips—including some never-before-seen footage—and appearances by some of the major stars and filmmakers involved in each of the movies. It also served to illustrate Tsujihara’s statement about the diversity of the slate: built on the foundation of the key franchises of DC Super Heroes, animated Lego® features, and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” but also encompassing a broad scope of dramas, action adventures, horror thrillers and comedies.

There
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CinemaCon 2016: Warner Bros. Pictures’ Presentation Hits the Jackpot in Las Vegas

Warner Bros. Pictures showcased an impressive lineup of talents and highly anticipated films at this year’s CinemaCon, which generated tremendous excitement for the Studio’s wide-ranging slate. Chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara opened the program and announced that Ben Affleck—who will again play the role of Batman in the upcoming Justice League movie—will direct, as well as star in, a new stand-alone Batman feature.

The Studio’s presentation was highlighted by trailers and film clips—including some never-before-seen footage—and appearances by some of the major stars and filmmakers involved in each of the movies. It also served to illustrate Tsujihara’s statement about the diversity of the slate: built on the foundation of the key franchises of DC Super Heroes, animated Lego® features, and “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them,” but also encompassing a broad scope of dramas, action adventures, horror thrillers and comedies.

There
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‘Lights Out’ Filmmakers Talk Hiding the Monster and Honoring the Short [Wondercon]

‘Lights Out’ Filmmakers Talk Hiding the Monster and Honoring the Short [Wondercon]
While James Wan was at Wondercon presenting his own sequel The Conjuring 2, he also presented a new horror film he produced. Lights Out is based on a Swedish short film of the same name that has garnered over 150 million views online. /Film spoke to the director, David F. Sandberg, producer Lawrence Grey, actor […]

The post ‘Lights Out’ Filmmakers Talk Hiding the Monster and Honoring the Short [Wondercon] appeared first on /Film.
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WonderCon 2016: Lights Out Discussion With Dynamic Duo David F. Sandberg and Lotta Losten

If the name “Lights Out” sounds familiar, it’s probably because you remember it as the title of that popular little YouTube video from a couple years ago. If you haven’t seen it yet, do yourself a favor and watch it… Continue Reading →

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First 'Lights Out' Trailer Looks Like a Brilliantly Simple Horror Movie

Back in 2013 a British horror production company called Bloody Cuts held the "Who's There?" Short Film Challenge. It had five simple rules. The short had to be horror, it had to cost less than $1,000 to make, it could not be longer than 3 minutes, it had to be uploaded before the end of the year, and it had to somehow deal with the question, "Who's there?" David F. Sandberg, a director who had already made a bunch of short films with horror punchlines, entered the contest with a very simple, very effective short called Lights Out (watch it here). It was about a woman going to bed, but every time she turned out the light a woman appeared in the dark. That's pretty much it. It was a great short, but it didn't even win the contest. Watch it...

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Lights Out Trailer Makes Us Duct-Tape the Switch in the On Position

Like we mentioned last week, Lights Out – the short film that went viral in 2014 – is getting its own feature-length film. Today, we have a trailer for it, which premiered at Wondercon over the weekend. Check it out above.

A woman is haunted by a creature that only appears when the lights go out. A feature adaptation of the 2013 short film, “Lights Out” by David F. Sandberg. Produced by James Wan, Eric Heisserer and Lawrence Grey.

Word is that the test screenings for the feature-length are great – which is probably why Sandberg got the Annabelle 2 job. Check out the original short film below and sleep tight.

Original Short Film

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There's a woman waiting in the shadows in first trailer for Lights Out

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There's a reason you should be afraid of the dark if you check with director David Sandberg, and it's because there's a creepy woman lurking in the shadows every time you turn the lights off. That's the type of idea that is perfectly capable of giving you nightmares and New Line is counting on it as they debuted the first trailer for Sandberg's Lights Out over the weekend... Read More...
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Creepy Trailer for the James Wan-Produced Horror Thriller Lights Out

Over the weekend at WonderCon, producer James Wan unveiled the first trailer for a great looking new horror thriller called Lights Out. It is based on a short film of the same name that was released in 2014. The short went viral and producer Lawrence Grey contacted director David F. Sandberg and told him they wanted him to adapt it into a feature film. They brought Wan on board to help in the process, and it looks like they came up with something incredibly fun, creepy, and inventive.

The movie stars Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander Dipersia, Billy Burke, and Maria Bello, who plays a mother with an eerie imaginary friend. The director explained that usually in horror films it's the kids with the creepy imaginary friends. So the fact that in this movie it's the mom, and her kids are put in the situation where they have to deal with
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James Wan Scares Up New Trailers For ‘Lights Out’ and ‘The Conjuring 2’

After jumping into massive-budget spectacle with Furious 7, this year finds James Wan returning to smaller scale horror in two features. First up, he directed The Conjuring 2, featuring the return of demonologists Ed and Lorraine Warren (Patrick Wilson and Vera Farmiga) as they travel to north London to help a single mother raising four children alone in a house plagued by malicious spirits.

Then he produced David F. Sandberg‘s feature Lights Out, based on his short (also seen below). Starring Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander Dipersia, Billy Burke and Maria Bello, it follows a woman who only sees a creature when the lights go out, haunting her and her family. Two new trailers for the films have now debuted at WonderCon, and are now available online. Check them out below, as well as the poster for Lights Out.

The Conjuring 2 opens on June 10th and Lights Out arrives on July 22nd.
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First Trailer For Lights Out Is Skin-Crawlingly Scary

After stepping away from the horror genre to direct Furious 7, James Wan is back in full, frightening force this year, directing The Conjuring 2 (for which a blood-curdling trailer just dropped) and producing the very creepy-looking Lights Out. The first full trailer for the latter, which Warner Bros. is heavily backing with a prime summer release slot, just arrived, and it’s immediately clear why the studio is so gung-ho about the frightener – this thing looks absolutely terrifying.

David F. Sandberg is making his feature debut on the pic, an adaptation of his spine-tingling 2013 short (which you can watch and consequently lose sleep over here). He’s working with a great cast, too, including Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander Dipersia, Billy Burke and Maria Bello, and a beefed-up premise. Whereas the short just went for the jugular (and the light-switch), this spin on the concept (a demon can only
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Teresa Palmer And Maria Bello Star In Scary First Trailer For Lights Out

From producer James Wan (The Conjuring) comes a tale of an unknown terror that lurks in the dark.

When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged.

But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger…once the lights go out.

Watch the new trailer… with the lights on.

The film stars Teresa Palmer (“Triple 9”) as Rebecca; Gabriel Bateman (“Annabelle”) as Martin; Billy Burke (the “Twilight” franchise) as Martin’s father, Paul; Alexander Dipersia (“Forever”) as Rebecca’s boyfriend,
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Watch: First Trailer For Horror 'Lights Out' Will Make You Afraid Of The Dark

James Wan is going to have a busy summer scaring the bejesus out of you. First he's got "The Conjuring 2" coming and a month later, he'll unleash his producing powers on "Lights Out," which will once again make you afraid of the dark. Read More: Review: Horror 'The Conjuring' Starring Patrick Wilson, Vera Farmiga, Lili Taylor & Ron Livingston David F. Sandberg directs Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander Dipersia, Billy Burke and Maria Bello, the story follows siblings who are haunted by a mysterious figure in the dark, one that is mysteriously connected to their mother. And as the terror increases, they'll have to face the truth. Here's the synopsis: When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin, is
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Trailer For Lights Out

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As well as directing The Conjuring 2, James Wan’s return to horror also consists of acting as producer on Light’s Out, a new horror movie with one hell of a hook: two siblings are stalked by a mysterious, ghostly entity that they can only be seen in complete darkness. Pitch Black meets It Follows may be one way to describe, but, judging from this first trailer, that would do it a disservice. The debut feature from David F. Sandberg, adapted by his own 2013 short of the same name, Lights Out shows a hell of a lot of promise. The core concept has an awful lot of potential for some genuine scares, and everything in this trailer is played for the maximum creep potential. Wan’s name attached also acts as a seal of quality, but I really believe it doesn’t need it. This is definitely one for
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You'll Be Afraid of the Dark in this 'Lights Out' Trailer

During this year's WonderCon New Line Cinema released the trailer for thier upcoming horror flick Lights Out, starring Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Alexander Dipersia, with Billy Burke and Maria Bello.

Film is directed by David F. Sandberg from a screenplay by Eric Heisserer, based on the short film by David F. Sandberg.

From producer James Wan (“The Conjuring”) comes a tale of an unknown terror that lurks in the dark. When Rebecca left home, she thought she left her childhood fears behind. Growing up, she was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now her little brother, Martin, is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged. But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there
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First Lights Out trailer warns you not to turn off the lights

Based on a 2013 David F. Sandberg-directed short, the first trailer for Lights Out, a new Warner Bros. horror film, has been released. Insidious director James Wan, who serves as a producer on the project, unveiled the terrifying trailer at WonderCon in Los Angeles. Shortly after, the first poster for the film hit the web as well. To avoid any added terror, be sure not to watch the footage below with the lights turned off…

The trailer, above all else, showcases the film’s unique premise and gives the viewer a glimpse at some of the frightening sequences they can expect from the film. The central idea of the film is sure to strike a chord with any viewers who have even a slight fear of the dark, which may ultimately make it an effectively scary summer horror flick in the same vein as The Conjuring.

When Rebecca left home,
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