I admit, I was pretty excited about this film ever since I heard Lights Out was under production, and have been waiting for its release ever since. I was one of those who watched the Lights Out short film when it came out more than two years ago, and was genuinely creeped out and scared by the three-minute short. And now, due to its success, it has now been adapted for a full-length feature film. So how does it fare?

The film starts off with the horrific and violent death of a man, in the hands of a ghost which makes use of darkness in order to pursue and hunt down its prey. A kid, Martin starts to notice this ghost named Diana around his house, and tries to seek the help of his elder sister Rebecca who has already moved out of their house to live on her own. Their mother being not the most mentally stable person does not really help their situation either. Who is this Diana? What does she want? And how do they get rid of this haunting presence who terrorizes them every time the lights are out?

This horror movie isn’t all that scary overall, but some jump-scares are really well executed. Diana the ghost is really well-made, and is one of the smarter ghosts I’ve seen, with those techniques she uses being pretty stealthy and sneaky in nature. The atmosphere is set from the word go, and aside from the occasional banter involving Rebecca’s boyfriend Bert, is serious and on-point overall.

Acting was alright, but nothing great in my opinion. Teresa Palmer as Rebecca was okay and so was Gabriel Bateman as the kid Martin. Alexander DiPersia as Bert, Rebecca’s boyfriend, provides a few laughs and is good as the bumbling helper. Maria Bello as Sophie, the mentally unsound mother of two, was really great at her role.

Lights Out, in my opinion, is worth a watch, and some of you may not find it all that terrifying, but you will probably be entertained to a large extent. For the real horror, watch the short film instead; that will likely make you scream in terror and wet yourself.

RATING : 7.3/10

– atmosphere
– smart antagonist
– screenplay is on-point, doesn’t mess around

– acting is so-so
– isn’t as scary as the short


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