Lights Out (2016) Movie Review

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Lights Out (2016)

2016 | R | Horror, Thriller
81 minutes / 1h 21min

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Lights Out Plot Synopsis:

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.

Lights Out (2016) Review

Lights Out (2016) is an American supernatural horror film that is based on director Sandberg’s award-winning short film Lights Out (2013) and was shot in Sweden. Director David F. Sandberg (Vad tyst det blev… (2006), Attic Panic (2015), Coffer (2014)) marvelously executed his movie that exceeded my expectations in every possible way being fun and terrifying. David knows how to deliver terror as I was scared as he made his way into mental health issues with a villain. David did not over do things and kept everything simple except for one or two scenes with Sophie and Diana making everything flow beautifully. David used a lot of old-school tricks and techniques instead CGI when it comes to Diana. Lights Out contains violence, graphic/disturbing images, suspense, thrills, drug content, tension and terror throughout leaving you sitting on the edge of your seat or cowardly awaiting the next scene.

Lights Out revolve around Rebecca (Teresa Palmer - Warm Bodies (2013), I Am Number Four (2011), The Sorcerer’s Apprentice (2010), Bedtime Stories (2008)) left home after her father vanished because of several reasons. Her mother Sophie (Maria Bello - A History of Violence (2005), Prisoners (2013), Secret Window (2004), Payback (1999)) has a psychosis which made Rebecca fear for her life and is one of the reasons she left home at a young age. Sophie remarried because she had a hard time dealing with it and married Paul (Billy Burke - Twilight (2008), The Twilight Saga: New Moon (2009), The Twilight Saga: Eclipse (2010)) who she had a son with named Martin. Sophie’s psychosis is gradually getting worse with time and is harmful to Martin (Gabriel Bateman - Annabelle (2014), Band of Robbers (2015), Outcast (2016)) who is still young.

Skip Forward and we see Sophie being frantic about Diana, who she claims is a shadowy figure that travels only through darkness and has something to do with Sophie being in a mental hospital when she was a teenager. You have to follow the movie and listen to everything to not become confused. Sophie thinks that Diana is a good old friend of hers, but Rebecca and Martin think otherwise as the evil presence shows more of itself. Rebecca is involuntarily given the task of protecting Martin and stopping Diana from entirely taking over her mother’s mind.

All of the actors gave astonishing performances with their great character roles which were emotional, scary and touching. One of the most touching and emotional scenes for me is when Sophie finally know that protecting her children is more important than anything or anyone else. The movie spooked me so much that I had to sleep with my room door closed and put every light on while making my way to the restroom. The cinematographer did an excellent job manipulating darkness amongst other things, and the sound design was brilliant. All horror fans should see this movie when it hits the movie theaters in your hometown.

  • Lights Out Rating Scores
  • Our Score: 9
  • Overall Score: 7.42
  • IMDB: 6.3
  • MetaCritic: 5.8
  • Rotten Tomatoes: 7.6

About Lights Out 2016

Title: Lights Out
Year: 2016
Runtime: 81 minutes
Type: Movie
Genre: Horror, Thriller
Score: 4.5 / 5 stars
Avg. Rating: 3.71/5 stars from 94,631 users.
Total Avg. Votes: 94,631
MPAA Rating: R
Lights Out Cast Starring: Billy Burke, Maria Bello, Teresa Palmer, Alicia Vela-Bailey, Alexander DiPersia, Gabriel Bateman, Emily Alyn Lind, Maria Russell, Amiah Miller, Lotta Losten, Andi Osho, Elizabeth Pan, Ava Cantrell, Rolando Boyce, Ariel Dupin, Mark Norby
Lights Out Writers: Eric Heisserer, David F. Sandberg
Lights Out Director: David F. Sandberg
Box Office: $67,235,683
Production: RatPac-Dune Entertainment
Language: English
Country: USA