12 years after the tragic death of their little girl, a dollmaker and his wife welcome a nun and several girls from a shuttered orphanage into their home, where they soon become the target of the dollmaker's possessed creation, Annabelle.
A prequel set before the haunting of the Lambert family that reveals how gifted psychic Elise Rainier reluctantly agrees to use her ability to contact the dead in order to help a teenage girl who has been targeted by a dangerous supernatural entity.
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
Special effects of having the ghost appear and disappear were mostly done by using a split-screen technique as also used in the short. Sandberg said "Whenever she's in frame with another character, it's basically just a split screen. So you shoot it with her and without her. You turn the camera on with her, you turn it off and she walks off, and then you turn it on again. It's super simple, actually." Sandberg also made a list of what he called the "light gags", or different ways to create light sources from flashlights to cell phones and gunfire. Director James Wan also put in the idea of replacing the flickering neon sign with passing car headlights. See more »
(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 »
[on video call]
Hey, Dad. Are you coming home soon?
Yeah, uh, in an hour or so. What's up? Where's Mom?
I don't think she's feeling good.
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Often Startling But Never Compelling, Lights Out Is An Orgy Of Horror Clichés
Over-reliant on jump scares and thin on character development, Lights Out does make terrific use of all the usual horror clichés to deliver the chills but its lack of both a sturdy plot & interesting set of characters results in a cinematic experience that's often startling but never compelling.
Based on the short film of the same name, the story of Lights Out follows a young woman who attempts to find the root of the evil after her brother is terrorised by similar events that tested her sanity back when she was a kid and eventually uncovers a disturbing truth that concerns their own mother.
Directed by David F. Sandberg in what's his feature film debut, Lights Out is actually his short film stretched to 81 minutes but it is swiftly paced. The concept is commendable and Sandberg does a fine job behind the camera to deliver the scares but it is so dependent on those loud, frightening sound effects that it eventually gets tiring.
The characters are dull & weakly scripted, the dialogues are cringeworthy at times, and the performances aren't that good either, for the actors fail to make their renditions believable. Camera-work is smooth, its 81 minutes runtime is a plus, Sound is overbearing at times and that shadowy figure is effectively handled as many moments involving her are genuinely chilling.
On an overall scale, Lights Out accomplishes what it set out to do with surprising effectiveness but it is highly deficient in other storytelling aspects which ultimately prevents it from attaining a better status. Majority of viewers will be more or less satisfied with what it has in store for them but if you are looking for something more, then it would be wise to steer in a different direction.
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