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‘Lights Out’: A Film Worth Our Attention

This upcoming Friday, July 22, the highly-anticipated supernatural horror film, Lights Out, which made its world premiere at the Los Angeles Film Festival on June 28, 2016, will be released into U.S. theaters through Warner Bros. Pictures.

The film, directed by David F. Sandberg (Vad tyst det blev2006; Attic Panic2015) in his major directorial debut and written by Eric Heisserer (A Nightmare on Elm Street2010; Final Destination 5, 2011; The Thing, 2011), is based on Sandberg’s 2013 short film of the same name.

The upcoming full-length feature version of the film, which stars Teresa PalmerGabriel BatemanAlexander DiPersiaBilly Burke and Maria Bello and features the star of the short film, Lotta Losten, follows the terrifying journey of young Martin (Gabriel Bateman) and his estranged older sister Rebecca (Palmer) when they are confronted by an evil entity that only appears when the lights go out.

The film begins by introducing us to its most prominent character, Rebecca, and allowing us to take a peek into her horrific childhood fears, which she thought she left behind when she left home. Growing up, Rebecca was never really sure of what was and wasn’t real when the lights went out…and now Martin is experiencing the same unexplained and terrifying events that had once tested her sanity and threatened her safety. A frightening entity with a mysterious attachment to their mother, Sophie, has reemerged. But this time, as Rebecca gets closer to unlocking the truth, there is no denying that all their lives are in danger…once the lights go out.

Lights Out has received feedback and criticism that gives movie goers high hopes, as the general consensus seems to be that the film will be one of the year’s best horror movies. Metacritic has given Lights Out a metascore of 63, which is considered to be on the green “generally favorable reviews” side of the 1-100 scale metascale. The film also currently has a score of 100 per cent on Rotten Tomatoes‘ ‘tomatometer’ and has received a “want to see score” of 94 per cent.

Most of comments and criticisms regarding Lights Out share a main consensus: The horror film, unlike many other recently-released disappointing horror films, is actually scary…

The following are the top criticisms of the film featured on Rotten Tomatoes:

  • “[Lights Out is] unsettling enough to make you think twice about what might be in the room with you when the lights go out” and “the perfect horror movie for the darkened theater. –Edward Douglas of New York Daily News
  • “[The film] never strays too far from its source, essentially repeating the same jump scare, over and over again, for most of its muscular 80 minute running time. What’s most shocking is how well it still works.” –Andrew Barker of Variety
  •  “Lights Out is real-deal filmmaking, folks — a horror movie that’s absolutely worth your attention.” –Heather Wixon of Daily Dead.

Considering a fair amount of recent horror films have ended up leaving audiences disappointed, Lights Out is likely to be a refreshing change of pace in the scary movie industry. The reviews say it all; Lights Out is definitely a film to see this year.

Lights Out has a running time of 81 minutes and is rated PG-13 for terror throughout, violence including disturbing images, some thematic material and brief drug content. 

Be sure to check the Lights Out official movie site to see showtimes, still shots, and a detailed synopsis of the film.

 

 

 

 

 

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