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Lights Out (2016)

PG-13 | | Horror | 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.

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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 »

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

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22 July 2016 (USA)  »

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Lights Out  »

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$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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Trivia

Teresa Palmer had to use a wig in a few scenes. That was because she had to dye her hair black for Point Break (2015). See more »

Goofs

The condition Diana has is called Xeroderma pigmentosum, which makes the skin hyper sensitive to the Ultraviolet rays of the light. But in the movie we see Diana being okay with Blacklight/Pure UV light. UV light should be rather more dangerous to her with that condition than normal light. See more »

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[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 »

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Referenced in Half in the Bag: Shut in and Arrival (2016) See more »

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Lights Out
Original music by Benjamin Wallfisch
Label: WaterTower Music
© 2016 Warner Bros. Entertainment Inc. and RatPac-Dune Entertainment LLC
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Novel idea but needs more
20 August 2016 | by See all my reviews

Lights Out is an interesting stab at a horror movie based on a 2013 short film of the same name. The movie's novel concept is a creature that can only be seen and manifest in the dark. Turn a torch on, and it disappears. Naturally, this means that a lot of the movie is spent in the dark but this works well.The use of lighting is one of the movie's strong points and allows for some creative, and occasionally funny, uses of torches, candles and even car headlights. This technique generates a lot of the scares and atmosphere and given the movie's title, this is a must. Definitely top marks for the director on this part.

Teresa Palmer and Gabriel Bateman do well in the lead roles as the unfortunate kids with a crazy mother, played by Maria Bello. The problem with the movie is that apart from its main concept, it doesn't add much else. Clichés abound and yes, there is the mandatory dark basement (groan). Most of the scares are jump-out-at- you shocks and it's all been done before. Hollywood seems to have forgotten how to use psychological horror and churns out movies that are just twists on the same theme. This is probably a bit harsh as the movie is enjoyable enough and it's well-written, but I long for something new that isn't so long in the tooth.

The supernatural horror is effective and does elicit a genuine threat to the characters. Maria Bello, in particular, does well to ramp up the threat levels and makes you wonder who is going to make it out alive. As already mentioned, this was based on a short film and it really still is, coming in at around 80 minutes. Perhaps there wasn't enough material to make a longer movie but there's a feeling that it ends just as it gets going.

Lights Out is a decent film if you feel the need for a dash of supernatural horror but don't expect anything stand-out; it just doesn't deliver enough of a impact to make it memorable. It's good for what it does but don't buy too much popcorn as you may not have time to finish it.


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