Lights Out (2016)




David F. Sandberg




Teresa Palmer, Gabriel Bateman, Maria Bello, Alexander DiPersia, Billy Burke, Alicia Vela-Bailey, Lotta Losten, Andi Osho, Amiah Miller, EMily Alyn Lind, Ava Cantrell


When her little brother (Gabriel Bateman) experiences the same events that once tested her sanity, Rebecca (Teresa Palmer) works to unlock the truth behind the terror, which brings her face to face with an entity that has an attachment to their mother (Maria Bello).


Even though I wasn't very intrigued by it, I kind of was looking forward to this film because it was described as one of the best horrors of recent years. I guess it's not my thing because there wasn't anything in "Lights Out" to make me consider it as such.

First of all I don't understand the reason to turn the director's original short film into a full length film, because, let's be honest, whether good or not, when a 3 minutes story is stretched to 1 hour and 20 minutes chances are it loses something, and this film definitely suffered from major losses.

In fact the creepy and unsettling story of the short has been transformed into a quite boring story that isn't very effective because it gives away too many details and furthermore it's filled with clichés of the genre, like people constantly wandering on their own. Haven't they learn anything for horrors?

Another problem is Sandberg's direction. All he does is building some solid tension but only in one scene. Maybe, probably, a different director would have made something better, something capable to deliver genuine fear and scares. Which is totally not okay since he also directed and wrote the short.

Neither the acting is the film's strongest suit. The actors indeed are the stronger horror element in the film.

However, the film is a little bit scary - but just a tiny bit - and the credits go to the dark photography and the sound effects that provide some jump scares.


  1. I did´t look at the hole movie, it was a bit boring. A good horror movie should make you scream at last once. This one was´t close:):)

  2. Rknockenauer@gmail.com30 October 2016 at 17:55

    I liked it it was effective with well paced scares the ending was fun. Not the Excorcist
    But worth an hour and a half, 3 stars.

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