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Lights Out (2016)

PG-13 | | Drama, Horror, Mystery | 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.

Director:

David F. Sandberg

Writers:

Eric Heisserer (screenplay), David F. Sandberg (based on the short film by)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Teresa Palmer ... Rebecca
Gabriel Bateman ... Martin
Alexander DiPersia ... Bret
Billy Burke ... Paul
Maria Bello ... Sophie
Alicia Vela-Bailey ... Diana
Andi Osho ... Emma
Rolando Boyce ... Officer Brian Andrews
Maria Russell ... Officer Gomez
Elizabeth Pan ... Nurse
Lotta Losten ... Esther
Amiah Miller ... Young Rebecca
Ava Cantrell ... Teen Diana
Emily Alyn Lind ... Teen Sophie
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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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Darkness will consume you. See more »


Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

22 July 2016 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lights Out See more »

Filming Locations:

Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Box Office

Budget:

$4,900,000 (estimated)

Opening Weekend USA:

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

Gross USA:

$67,268,835

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$148,868,835
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Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

2.35 : 1
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Trivia

Director David F. Sandberg aimed to use as much authentic lighting for the film as possible. Some scenes were only lit by candle lights or fluorescent tubes. See more »

Goofs

Diana's shadow form appears to be naked, but when we see her body under the UV light, she's always wearing a dress. 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 Jurassic Park III (2001) See more »

Soundtracks

Lights Out
Original music by Benjamin Wallfisch
Label: WaterTower Music
© 2016 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and RatPac-Dune Entertainment LLC
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Often Startling But Never Compelling, Lights Out Is An Orgy Of Horror Clichés
22 October 2016 | by CinemaClownSee all my reviews

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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